News Listings for Piper Aztec

  • Australia to review health certification

    News | 25 Jan 2005 00:00

    <p>The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has recommended that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) review the country's medical certification standards. It follows the crash of a Piper Aztec PA-23-250 twin-engined utility aircraft in Queensland that has been attributed to pilot incapacitation caused by coronary artery disease, writes <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Emma Kelly</i>.</p> <p>The aircraft crashed, killing a family of five, near Mareeba, Queensland in October 2003. Shortly after take-off, the Aztec banked to the left and control was lost at a height from which recovery was not possible, says the ATSB. The crash and post-impact fire resulted in significant melting and destruction of much of the aircraft structure and components, but no pre-existing defect that could have contributed to the crash was found.</p> <p>A post-mortem examination of the pilot found significant narrowing of the coronary arteries. The pilot had a valid medical certificate at the t
  • Caribbean's St Barth Commuter eyes expansion

    News | 27 Aug 2004 22:37 | Mary Kirby

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  • Uncertain road

    News | 18 Jul 2000 00:00

    The aviation production crisis in the CIS is easing - but only for some <p>Paul Duffy/MOSCOW </p> <p>The past 10 years have been difficult for the aviation industry in Russia and the CIS. In other parts of the world, manufacturers have built up an impressive record of orders and deliveries of civil aircraft as military budgets have shrunk, but the CIS industry has been severely restrained by the pervasive post-Soviet era money problems. </p> <p>Commercial civil aircraft manufacturers have suffered most. Production of some military aircraft has continued at a slower rate than before because of budget problems among the region's air forces, but has been sustained by revenue-generating demand from other countries. So, the factories producing versions of the versatile Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker and, to a lesser extent, the RSK MiG-29 Fulcrum, have survived. Helicopter factories have also fared well, with the Mil Mi-8/17 Hip and the Mi-26 Halo finding markets abroad. The Kamov Ka-32 Helix has
  • Islander ditches in St Lawrence River

    News | 07 Dec 1998 21:48 | Chris Kjelgaard

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>A Britten-Norman Islander operated by Canadian operator Air Satellite ditched and sank in the St Lawrence River today while carrying 11 people on a commercial flight between two Quebec communities.</P> <P>Initial reports say that three survivors were rescued by a civilian helicopter but that eight people remained trapped underwater inside the aircraft, the tail of was protruding from the water. At this writing their prospects of survival were uncertain.</P> <P>The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSBC) has little information yet about the accident other than to confirm that the aircraft was an Islander and that it was operating a commercial flight between the Quebec communities of Baie-Comeau - where Air Satellite is based - and Rimouski.</P> <P>Reports say the aircraft crashed into the St Lawrence near Baie-Comeau, but TSBC spokesman David Austin says it is not yet clear if the aircraft was operating a charter flight or a scheduled
  • New York regional nears scheduled start

    News | 23 Nov 1998 20:22 | Paul Richfield

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>US regional Trans International Express (TIE) has upgraded its operating certificate from Federal Aviation Regulations Part 135 to Part 121, a move that will allow it to operate Shorts 360 aircraft.</P> <P>The New York Kennedy-based airline's strategy is to provide connecting traffic for international airlines, which lack the extensive regional networks enjoyed by the major US carriers in the domestic market.</P> <P>"The foreign flags have no feed," says Michael Winkler, the company's business development director. "We plan to negotiate code-sharing arrangements just as soon as we get our commuter service authorization from the DOT (Department of Transportation). We expected it about a month ago, but we're still waiting."</P> <P>The regulatory action allows TIE to fly just four scheduled flights per week, now being operated between JFK and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Once commuter approval is received, the airline plans to expand to Hartfor
  • Into the limelight

    News | 10 Sep 1997 00:00

    Despite the loss of the first prototype, Beriev's Be-103 shows great promise <p> </p> <p>Paul Duffy/TAGANROG </p> <p>Of the ten major ex-Soviet design bureaux, perhaps the least known to the outside world is Beriev. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, Beriev is based in Taganrog, a relatively small city on the Sea of Azov coast, some 1,100km (680 miles) from Moscow. Secondly, over the last 65 years, it has specialised in "hydro aviation" - designing seaplanes and amphibians almost exclusively for the domestic market. </p> <p>It has branched out slightly from time to time - it worked on wing-in-ground-effect aircraft and it developed the Be-32 regional airliner, which was produced only as a prototype and development aircraft. It has also developed specialist versions of other types - for example, the A-50 reconnaissance/surveillance version of the Ilyushin Il-76. Two new aircraft developed by Beriev in the difficult political and economic climate of the 1990s may change t