Investigation has started into a June 2 accident involving Learjet 35 N182K, which crashed in Baker Cove a few hundreds yards short of the runway while trying to land at Groton-New London Airport, Conn. The accident killed the two pilots–Robert Janule and Michael Kiser–but the three passengers escaped with only minor injuries.
On Tuesday, President Bush sent to the Senate the nomination to the NTSB of Robert L. Sumwalt III, a long-time aviation safety advocate and aviation department manager of South Carolina-based Scana. If confirmed, Sumwalt would occupy the seat vacated last August by Richard Healing and, with an accompanying reappointment, would continue until the end of 2011.
As the user-fee battle rages, rhetoric from Air Transport Association member airlines is reaching vast audiences. Lost in the debate, however, is a reference made by ATA v-p of operations and safety Basil Barimo late last year, in which he coined the term “commercial airspace” and attempted to connect the user-fee issue with safety in relation to less experienced pilots flying very light jets in so-called commercial airspace.
The NTSB’s recently released final report implicates errors and FAR violations in the Nov. 30, 2004 fatal accident of a Hansa Jet moments after taking off. The crash killed both pilots, including the founder, owner and president of Toledo, Ohio-based charter operator Grand Aire Express. An FAA permit to ferry the twinjet from Spirit of St.
On May 15 last year a Citation CJ2 (Danish registration OY-JET) landed 1,000 feet down the 2,948-foot-long runway at Bader Field in Atlantic City, N.J., and crashed into the water. There were no serious injuries to the four occupants.
A new FAA policy will require Part 91, 121, 125 and 135 jet pilots never to land where available runway is not at least actual landing distance plus 15 percent. If conditions deteriorate en route, pilots will have to recalculate actual landing distance and the 15-percent safety margin. If the total is more than the available runway length, they will have to land elsewhere.
Because international aviation regulators and aerodynamic experts failed again last week to reach agreement about the extent of the safety hazards created by Airbus A380 wake turbulence, interim guidelines remain in effect. When the interim recommendations were adopted late last year the experts had expected to reach a consensus earlier this year on final guidelines.
A recent NTSB decision has sparked action by AOPA on behalf of Part 91 operators. The Safety Board, ruling on a recent enforcement action against a mechanic (Administrator v. Law), seemed to say that aircraft manufacturers could make service bulletins (SBs) mandatory, essentially giving them the same force of law as an AD. “That is not the FAA’s interpretation of the regulations,” said AOPA.
Starting July 1, 2008, all private and commercial airplanes operating internationally will need to carry at least one emergency locator transmitter, according to a proposed standard from the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Platinum Jet Management has been slapped with a cease and desist order for the second time since the Challenger overrun accident at Teterboro Airport on February 2 last year. The June 12 DOT order claims Platinum Jet operated the Challenger and other charter flights without economic or regulatory authority. Further, the order contends that because one of Platinum’s three owners was not a U.S.