Some 43 pilots in Northern California charged with making false statements on their applications for medical certifications entered plea agreements. But one went to trial and lost. Michael Pennington, a former chief pilot and maintenance director for Mountain Life Flight, an air ambulance service, was found guilty.
The pilot of the Greek government Falcon 900 that suffered an in-flight fatal upset (AIN, July 2002, page 59) is appealing his guilty conviction before the Athens Appeals Court. Pilot Yiannos Androulakis was sentenced by a lower court to a five-year prison sentence on the grounds that he was responsible for the sudden oscillations in the Sept. 14, 1999 accident, which killed seven passengers and injured two.
A scheduled mediation session failed to settle a lawsuit in which former Raytheon Travel Air pilots allege they were fired because of their union-organizing activities when the company merged with Flight Options. The case is now set to go to trial on May 11. The pilots filed the lawsuit in late 2002. Court records show that the four pilots suing Flight Options are Thomas Bowden, William Brunet, Thomas Jeter and William Tumlin.
Last month, fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet announced a program for substituting a finance lease for the acquisition payment of a fractional share. Under the “Jet Rich Quick” program, customers pay no money down and a fixed monthly payment for the lease, which could involve a term of two or four years. They also pay the regular monthly management fee and the hourly occupied fee for time flown.
Swiss police have in custody a man accused of stabbing to death an air traffic controller. The man reportedly lost his wife and children in the midair collision of a DHL Boeing 757 and a Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 on the night of July 1, 2002. The controller had been handling traffic in the airspace where the collision occurred.
AYRES S2T-T65, MAGDALENA, N.M., JAN. 8, 2004–Ayres N3100E, registered to the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Matters (INM), was destroyed during a forced landing in a heavily forested area west of Magdalena at approximately 10 a.m. According to the local police, the engine quit, and after the airplane crashed it was consumed by fire.
The $328 billion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress to fund most federal agencies for the remainder of fiscal year 2004 (until September 30) failed to provide the $100 million authorized for general aviation businesses hurt by 9/11. But, as they say in the sports world, there’s always next year.
Anyone who has purchased an aircraft or airplane engine knows the process is complicated, especially when you consider the mountain of paperwork through which buyers and sellers are often required to navigate. Add in changes in the registration process and you’re sure to find more than one confused aircraft seller, buyer or broker.
The Transportation Security Administration began random security checks of airline and airport employees in Florida and Puerto Rico last month after authorities arrested two Comair employees for smuggling weapons and drugs aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Orlando to San Juan.
President Bush has named Kerry Long, a self-described “aviation enthusiast” with nearly three decades of experience in aviation law, to serve as chief counsel for the FAA.