A federal district court in California indicted Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Reeves on charges of secretly recording conversations between entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while on a chartered Gulfstream flight on Nov. 20, 2003. Borer was the owner of XtraJet, the company that operated the Gulfstream, and Reeves was the owner of Executive Aviation, which serviced the jet.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, April 12, 2005–On a flight from Vieques, Puerto Rico, to San Juan, Caravan N1241X experienced a total loss of engine power about 20 minutes after takeoff. The pilot landed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station. The U.S.-registered airplane is owned by First Bank of Hazelwood, Mo., and was being operated by MN Aviation, San Juan, as a Part 135 scheduled domestic passenger flight.
The Supreme Court last month declined to hear a pilot group’s challenge to the rule that prohibits pilots from flying for Part 121 operators past age 60, regardless of their health. Justices let stand a lower ruling in favor of the FAA, which maintains that the rule is necessary for safety. A group of 12 pilots called that discriminatory and said their competency and health should be considered when deciding their ability to fly.
The FAA has appealed an NTSB administrative law judge’s decision in favor of Darby Aviation on its appeal following the March 23 FAA emergency suspension of its Part 135 certificate. The NTSB last month was scheduled to either affirm or reverse the judge’s decision.
The 17th annual Greater Washington Aviation Opengolf and tennis tournament held May 9 at the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., raised a record $115,000 for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN). Since its inception the event has raised nearly $1 million for CAN
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is calling for FBOs to speak out on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) spill-containment rules for refueling trucks.
In a child-abduction case that has sent a chill through the business aviation industry, a Connecticut jury has ordered Executive Jet Management (EJM) to pay $27 million to a mother whose ex-husband hired an EJM aircraft for the purpose of abducting the couple’s two children.
After making a dawn raid on an airport, armed gunmen stole a government-owned Bell 206L in eastern Venezuela. According to the local governor, it was the second helicopter to be stolen from the airport at Ciudad Bolivar in less than a year.
Aphis, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will eliminate the exemption from inspection requirements and fees for commercial aircraft flying from Canada to the U.S. The rule takes effect November 24. So Fifi and the family ficus will again become the focus of government agents and subject to a $70.25 user fee for aircraft crossing the U.S./Canada border, as well as a $5-per-passenger fee.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was scheduled to receive an Enstrom 480B turbine single last month. Special equipment was to include a loud-hailer PA/siren and mounts for a camera and searchlight. The agency will use the helicopter for missions such as non-fire resource assessment, census and law enforcement, including compliance with state game, fish and recreational vehicle laws. The aircraft will be based in Brainerd.