News Listings for cessna 177

  • Controller arrest sparks protest

    News | 25 Apr 2006 00:00

    <P><BR>The arrest of a controller in South Africa for his part in a 19 April 2002 accident has been condemned by the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) as unjust, contrary to international agreements, and as having a counter-productive effect on safety. The accident took place at Wonderboom airfield when a Cessna 177 carrying three people took off on the wrong runway, putting it on a potential collision course with an aircraft on final approach. The pilot carried out a high-bank left turn at low level and hit a wall, killing all on board. The accident report says the probable causes were the pilot’s mistake in going to the wrong runway, the controller’s failure to observe that he had, and the pilot’s decision to manoeuvre at low level close to stalling speed.</P>
  • Proteus buys Flandre Air to create new French carrier

    News | 19 Oct 1999 13:51 | Simon Warburton

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>Lyon-based Proteus Airlines has bought fellow regional carrier Flandre Air in a deal that will see the combined company with a turnover approaching FFR1 billion ($175 million) and a fleet of some 50 aircraft.</P> <P>Both airline names will disappear in the merger although it is not yet being revealed what the new carrier will be called. An earlier deal for Regional Airlines of France to take 34% of Flandre Air has been scrapped.</P> <P>Proteus is strongly linked to Air France and its alliance partner Delta Air Lines, which holds 22% of its equity; while Flandre Air has been less intimately linked to the oneworld alliance by virtue of being a franchisee of Air Liberte, in turn 70%-owned by British Airways.</P> <P>A large proportion of the new carrier's operations will be based at Proteus' main hub at Lyon Satolas Airport - although fleet commonality with Embraer and Raytheon Beechcraft machines will ensure maintenance continues at Flandre A
  • Proteus 1900D crew blamed for mid-air collision

    News | 20 Aug 1999 16:24 | Simon Warburton

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>French investigators are citing the deviation from its flight plan by a Proteus Airlines Raytheon Beech 1900D as the underlying cause of its fatal mid-air collision with a Cessna F177 RG light aircraft last year.</P> <P>All 12 passengers and two crew were killed on the 1900D (F-GSJM) when it hit the single occupant Cessna (F-GAJE) over the Bay of Quiberon in north west France in July 1998 following an unplanned deviation by the airliner.</P> <P>Operating as flight 706 from Lyon Satolas to Lorient in Brittany, the Proteus aircraft deviated from its filed flightplan to allow passengers to view the passenger liner, <I>Norway</I>, (previously <I>France</I>) moored in the Bay of Quiberon.</P> <P>The impetus for the move appears to have come from a passenger on board the 1900D, who was standing in the cockpit doorway and directing the pilots down to the <I>Norway,</I> prompting the crew to abandon instrument flight rules (IFR).</P> <P>As the ai
  • French collision sparks VFR/IFR debate

    News | 18 Aug 1999 00:00

    <p>The fatal mid-air collision last July between a Cessna 177 and a Proteus Airlines Beech 1900D off the French coast raises questions about procedures for separating public transport aircraft operating under visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR) in the same area, says France's accidents investigation bureau (BEA). </p> <p>The Beech 1900D was between Lyon and Lorient, with 12 passengers and two crew on board, while the Cessna 177, with only the pilot aboard, had taken off from Vannes for a local flight when the collision occurred, above the bay of Quiberon, Brittany. </p> <p>Lorient control authorised the Beech pilot to descend to an altitude of 3,700ft (1,130m), but the pilot cancelled his IFR flight plan, descended to 2,000ft, and began a 360° circuit of a cruise ship to allow passengers to see the vessel. </p> <p>At the same time, the Cessna 177, in radio contact with Quiberon, began a descent from 3,000ft to 1,500ft. The two aircraft collided at 2,000ft "al
  • 1900D collides with Cessna in mid-air

    News | 05 Aug 1998 00:00

    <p>A Proteus Airlines Beech 1900D, with 12 passengers and two crew on board, collided in mid-air with a privately owned Cessna 177 Cardinal 10km (5nm) over the sea east of Quiberon, in Brittany, France, on 30 July . There were no survivors. </p> <p>The Proteus aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight between Lyon and Lorient, but had diverted from its flightplan to overfly the passenger liner Norway. The Cessna, with only the pilot aboard, had taken off from Vannes and was on a local flight. The accident happened at 3,000ft (900m). Both aircraft sank within seconds of hitting the water.</p>
  • The right way

    News | 28 Jan 1998 00:00

    <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=288' /></p> <p>John King/TEKAPO </p> <p>IN common with other countries with deregulated aviation industries, New Zealand has seen a proliferation of small airlines in recent years. Also in line with experience in many countries, some of those carriers have met problems. </p> <p>It is the old story of enthusiasm attracting under-capitalised players into setting up small organisations to fill a niche, often with inadequate back-up. While they may at first operate with outward efficiency, after a while cracks start to show and can lead to incidents. </p> <p>Two small New Zealand airlines - Soundsair, with a Cook Strait operation, and United Aviation, with a wider network of freight and passenger services in the lower North Island - have had public problems in recent months. Each had a fatal accident and was grounded by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ). United has been grounded permanently, such was the state of its in-hous