A pilot has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges, following an accident in Hawaii last September that killed three passengers. Glen Lampton was flying a Heli USA AStar that crashed into the sea near Kauai’s Ke’e Beach. Two other passengers and Lampton survived uninjured. Lampton, who continues to work for Heli USA in a nonflying position, is also accused of reckless endangerment, providing a false statement and tampering with evidence.
A two-year-old, previously undisclosed partnership between Epic Aircraft parent Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) and Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd. (FACL) has ended in legal action. The companies had been cooperating in the joint development of their respective Epic LT and Kestrel JP100 (formerly Farnborough F1) turboprop-single designs.
Last week, a federal judge ruled that Epic Aircraft parent Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) must provide Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd. (FACL) “with immediate access to the F1 prototype at the heart” of a lawsuit filed in November (see AINonline). Under the judgment, AIR was required to transport the prototype F1 to its Bend, Ore. plant, after which it will have until early March to mate a set of wings to FACL’s turboprop single.
More detailed reporting of top executive compensation, including such perks as personal use of corporate aircraft, is the aim of proposed rulemaking from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Wall Street Journal calls the proposals the “most sweeping overhaul of pay disclosure rules in 14 years.” One of the proposals would lower the threshold at which perks must be disclosed.
Beginning March 1, aircraft purchasers, sellers and lenders in the U.S. will be required to comply with the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol. Covered under the treaty are airplanes certified with eight or more total seats and helicopters certified with at least five seats and with engines rated at 550 horsepower or more.
Jeffrey Borer, former owner of defunct charter operator XtraJet, and Arvel Reeves, previous owner of one-time aircraft services firm Executive Aviation Logistics, admitted guilt in a plea bargain on federal charges of secretly videotaping entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while flying aboard a chartered Gulfstream IISP on Nov. 20, 2003.
Former Sino Swearingen senior v-p of sales and marketing Gene Comfort is suing the SJ30-2 manufacturer for alleged promised bonuses, vacation pay owed, wrongful termination and economic and emotional damages.
Operations by U.S.-registered aircraft owned by a company not considered a U.S. citizen will be eased.
Monday is the deadline for comments on a Securities and Exchange Commission rulemaking proposal to require more detailed reporting of top executive compensation, including such perks as personal use of corporate aircraft. The Wall Street Journal called the proposals the “most sweeping overhaul of pay disclosure rules in 14 years.” One of the proposals would lower the threshold at which perks must be disclosed.
On December 6, attorney Richard Genter filed a lawsuit on behalf of client Charles Duke in U.S. District Court in Indiana. The complaint seeks a jury trial to determine punitive damages from defendants Rolls-Royce (and its previous Allison/General Motors incarnations), Standard Aero and Southeast Helicopters. Duke was flying an aerial tree-trimming mission on Dec.