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.
On February 2, Super King Air B200 N777AJ survived an uncontrolled descent and structural damage after the inner ply of the windshield cracked at 27,000 feet and the pilots depressurized the airplane and disconnected the autopilot. According to the NTSB, the crew was unable to use the oxygen system and evidently lost consciousness.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) listed it as merely a serious incident but considered it significant enough to issue a full report. The incident involved the loss of control a Saab 340 experienced when it encountered icing. There were no injuries and no damage to the aircraft, but the pilots did not recover from the loss of control until the aircraft was only 112 feet above the ground.
On March 16, 1991, all 10 people aboard a Hawker, including seven members of singer Reba McEntire’s band as well as her tour manager, were killed when the jet slammed into a mountain after taking off from San Diego Brown Field. As in the October 24 Learjet 35A accident in nearly the same location, the crew elected to pick up its IFR clearances once airborne. This and other aspects of the two accidents are eerily similar.
Shortly after midnight on October 24, a Learjet 35A, a Med Flight air ambulance flight, crashed in mountainous terrain eight miles east of San Diego Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM). All five aboard–the ATP-rated captain, copilot and three medical crew–were killed and the jet was destroyed.
Bombardier’s Learjet 45 has completed certification to fly into London City Airport– the downtown facility with a 5.5-degree steep approach and a single 4,327-foot runway. The approval, which the European Aviation Safety Agency issued on October 11, covers all Learjet 40s, 45s and 45XRs registered in EASA member states.