Mount Saint Helens wasn’t the only imminent eruption last month. With liquid magma figuratively coursing through their veins, many NetJets pilots–estimated by some in the flying ranks to be an “overwhelming majority”–were expressing anger over the tentative agreement (TA) their master executive council (MEC) struck with the company for a new three-year labor contract.
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CESSNA CITATION S550, BIG BEAR, CALIF., AUG. 13, 2002–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the Citation runway accident was the pilot’s failure to obtain the proper touchdown point, which resulted in an overrun.
A Florida jury has found Cessna liable for the 1989 crash of a 185 in Florida and returned a record $480 million verdict against the Wichita-based manufacturer. Nobody died in the accident, but the three occupants of the 1966-model taildragger were injured in the crash and ensuing fire. The award consists of $400 million in punitive damages and $80 million in compensatory damages.
Bombardier CRJ100, Lexington, Ky., Aug.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Cross City, Fla., Sept. 5, 2007–The Paragon Air Express Caravan lost power and made a forced landing in trees. While the Caravan was at cruise at 11,000 feet, the engine suddenly failed and the engine gauges went to zero. The commercial pilot declared an emergency; ATC told him that Cross City, 29 miles away, was the closest airport.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) said a NetJets Cessna Citation X and a Learjet 60 had to take evasive action at 28,000 feet to avoid colliding while
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) claims that a shortage of full-performance level (FPL) controllers at the Chicago Tracon–the nation’s third-busiest approach control facility–has brought the level of safety below an “acceptable” level, and the union has asked the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to intervene.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) said two business jets had to take evasive action at 28,000 feet and about 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon to avoid the possibility of colliding while en route to Las Vegas McCarran Airport. The incident involved a NetJets Cessna Citation X and a Learjet 60.
The head of the 14,000-member air traffic controllers union said last month that the FAA is trumpeting the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) to mask poor morale and severe staffing shortages among its controller workforce.
A pair of submissions to NBAA’s Air Mail Internet forum underscore the importance of preflight awareness. A Challenger crew taxiing for takeoff from an unattended airport received a radio call (from an unspecified hero) alerting them to a potentially dangerous situation. Unable to remove the small-airplane chock from behind one of the mainwheels, the crew had moved the front chock out of the way and started up.