EUROCOPTER BO 105S, SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLA., OCT. 20, 2004. An EMS flight of a Eurocopter BO 105S, callsign Airheart One, crashed in Choctawhatchee Bay at 12:43 a.m. two minutes after takeoff from Santa Rosa in IMC. No flight plan was filed. The helicopter, operated by Metro Aviation as a Part 135 emergency medical services flight, was destroyed and the commercial-rated pilot, a paramedic and a flight nurse were killed.
The NTSB expressed disappointment last month over the FAA’s alleged foot-dragging on several safety recommendations, and the safety agency changed the classifications of the FAA’s responses from “acceptable” to “unacceptable.”
Wyvern Consulting has added specific scheduling and dispatch capabilities to its aviation safety consulting business. Through the upgrade, Wyvern will offer specific expertise in the following functional areas of charter or corporate flight departments:
Failure of the crew to perform required weight and balance calculations and other weight-related procedures, lack of appropriate records to support training statements and improper operations by several companies were discovered by the NTSB during its ongoing investigation into the February 2 crash of a Challenger 600 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Bombardier Aerospace's new Leading Edge is a flight crew safety-training and resource program being offered at no-charge with the purchase of a new Bombardier business jet, starting next February 1.
Future EPA spill-containment requirements for airport fuel trucks remains an ambiguous subject. That puts FBOs and other fuel-service providers in a difficult position when it comes to laying out plans for their facilities. Despite some recent meetings with aviation interests, the EPA remains unclear on whether or not fuel trucks will be subject to so-called “secondary containment requirements.”
Mercury Air Centers and TAG Aviation have joined to provide added travel services through Mercury’s FBO network. Mercury customers throughout the U.S. can now use a variety of ancillary services, including charter and management, through TAG Aviation. Mercury president John Enticknap said his FBOs often receive requests from customers for services outside the normal scope of the FBOs’ operations.
Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) now has two full-service U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities with US-VISIT capability located adjacent to Atlantic Aviation (midfield) and at Jet Aviation (south end). The agency said the new capability should improve traffic flow and safety. Although customs already had the facility adjacent
to Jet Aviation, the US-VISIT equipment wasn’t installed until last month.
European-funded research project Helisafe, led by Marignane, France-based Eurocopter, is studying airbags and harnesses as a possible means of enhancing the safety of helicopter occupants. A Helisafe engineer emphasized that the project is still in the research stage, so practical applications of the airbags and harnesses are probably several years away.
The owner of Freight Runner’s Express, the cargo company whose Beech 99 and Cessna 402 collided on the ground at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 24, is blaming ATC negligence for the accident. Owner Chip Zens says that both aircraft were clearly in the controlled movement area, and that ATC should take responsibility for what happened.