Landing overruns substantially damaged two Gulfstream IVs and a Falcon 20 in the period between November 29 and December 5. These accidents did not cause any injuries, but they were serious enough to warrant NTSB investigation and they happened around the same time that 23 people were killed in four separate accidents involving corporate jets and a King Air.
The DOT in its advance NPRM asks the public to comment on the following questions:
(1) How might customers and passengers benefit from the information covered by the NTSB recommendation in making their air-taxi service purchase decisions?
(2) Should any notice requirement, if adopted, also apply to air charter brokers and other ticket agents who arrange for air transportation for air-taxi customers?
In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published today, the DOT is seeking input from interested parties on a 2006 NTSB recommendation calling for air taxi’s to be required to disclose operational control information to customers. The recommendation stems from the Safety Board’s investigation into the crash of a Challenger 600 at Montrose, Colo., on Nov. 24, 2004.
In response to a four-year old NTSB safety recommendation stemming from the Jan.
U.S.-registered turbine business aircraft accident numbers were mixed last year, according to aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. The total number of accidents was down slightly last year compared to 2005, thanks mostly to the turboprop sector, which saw a 17.5-percent reduction.
Able Flight awarded scholarships to Brad Jones and Stephany Glassing. Jones and Glassing became paralyzed as the result of separate automobile accidents. The scholarships, sponsored by Jet Aviation, will fund flight training for them in a specially equipped airplane provided by Hansen Air Group.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Bonifay, Fla., Feb. 5, 2005–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the crash of the Lance Aviation JetRanger on takeoff was the commercial pilot’s failure to maintain a climb after takeoff and his continued descent. A factor was the dark night. The pilot’s wife, who was watching him take off, said that at about 75 to 100 feet, the helicopter assumed a slight nose-low descending attitude and suddenly hit the ground.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Parker, Colo., Aug. 4, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the commercial pilot’s failure to fly a stabilized instrument approach at night. Contributing factors were the dark night and low clouds, the inadequate design and function of the airport facility’s minimum safe altitude warning system (MSAW), and the FAA’s inadequate procedure for updating information to air traffic controllers.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Winnipeg, Canada, Oct. 6, 2005–The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) found that, although the Morningstar Air Express Caravan took off clean, its performance diminished as ice built on its critical surfaces. Moderate icing was forecast for the area. The Caravan was also about 3 percent overweight and 488 pounds over the 8,550-pound mtow for operating in icing conditions.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Boulder City, Nev., Nov. 11, 2006–The commercial pilot of Jet-Ranger N59571 was preparing for a local tour flight at a privately owned heliport at the Hacienda Hotel. He started the helicopter, did a runup and performed preflight checks. After increasing the engine and rotor rpm to 100 percent and checking the generator load, he left the cockpit to disconnect the APU and move it away from the helicopter.