FAA Penalty Against Woodward

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By George Hatcher
FAA  Penalty Against Woodward

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $246,450 against Woodward, Inc., a Santa Clarita, Calif.-based aircraft repair station, and its subsidiary HRT for allegedly violating FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations. The FAA alleges Woodward HRT failed to conduct required drug tests and receive verified negative drug test... »

FAA Penalty against Chem-Tronics

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By George Hatcher
FAA Penalty against Chem-Tronics

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $359,350 against GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, Inc., an El Cajon, Calif.-based aircraft repair station,for allegedly violating FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations. The FAA alleges GKN failed to conduct required pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before hiring... »

FAA Penalty Against Circor Aerospace

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By George Hatcher
FAA Penalty Against Circor Aerospace

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $205,250 against Circor Aerospace, Inc., a Sylmar, Calif.-based aircraft repair station, for allegedly violating FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations. The FAA alleges Circor failed to conduct required pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before hiring 29... »

French Pilot Crashes in Vienne

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: Skyranger Where: Vienne France When: Oct 23, 2012 3:00 pm Who: 1 fatality Why: The pilot of a SkyRanger failed to return from a 2 hour flight, triggering a Sater Bravo land-air rescue. A search went on till 2:00 a.m. The next day his remains were discovered near an electrical cable in a... »

CHC Suspending Super Puma Flights

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
By George Hatcher

After yesterday’s Super Puma ditching in the North Sea, CHC helicopters suspended Puma flights due to suspicions of possible flaws in the design of the main gearbox lubrication system. The concern is a hangover from a 2009 Bond Aviation crash that led to recommendations to look into the Super Puma’s gearbox lube system design.... »

Drilling rig Flight Ditches in North Sea

Monday, October 22, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: CHC (for Total) Helicopter Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma en route from Aberdeen to West Phoenix drilling rig Where: 32 miles south of Shetland, off Fair Isle When: October 22, 2012 Who: 19 aboard, 0 fatalities Why: Seventeen passengers and two crew were on the way to the drilling rig when the crew had... »

California Case Settlement Underway for Ingrams, Chan, and Hudletons

Monday, October 22, 2012
By George Hatcher

Three settlements of five cases have finally been made in the lawsuits concerning the plane crash that killed Brian Finn, Andrew Ingram, and pilot Douglas Bourn. In 2010, Bourn’s Cessna 310R clipped high-voltage power lines and a utility tower in dense fog crashing into a Beech Street neighborhood. Ingram’s parents and aunt, Finn’s wife... »

Update: Identifications made in Fire Island Inlet Accident

Monday, October 22, 2012
By George Hatcher
Update: Identifications made in  Fire Island Inlet Accident

The two men who died in the accident were 51-year-old Cyril McLavin, of Fresh Meadows in Queens, and 72-year-old Andrew Messana, from Bayside, Queens. The accident is under investigation. What: Globe Swift en route from Spadaro Airport Where: Moriches inlet, Fire Island When: Oct 20, 2012 3 p.m. Who: 2 aboard Why: A Globe... »

Lakewood Traffic Interrupted by Chopper Street Landing

Monday, October 22, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol Air-24-American Euro Copter Where: Lakewood California When: Oct 21, 2012 8:50 p.m. Why: The flight crew heard a loud noise from the helicopter and made an emergency street landing at Del Amo Boulevard and Paramount. After making a safe landing and determining that a bird had struck the... »

Plane crashes in German Meadow

Monday, October 22, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: Mooney M20E Super 21 Where: Speichersdorf, Germany When: Oct 21, 2012 Who: 2 fatalities Why: 48-year-old pilot from the Erlangen-Hochstadt and his 53 year old passenger died in a crash. THe plane crashed into a meadow shortly after takeoff. Emergency services arrived quickly but could not resuscitate the victims.The representative from the Federal... »

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