Monday, December 21, 2009

FAA Revokes Flight 188 Pilots License

The FAA has revoked the certificates of the two pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188 that flew past there destination and was without NORDO contact.

The FAA said the emergency revocations cite violations of a number of FARs, including failure to comply with air traffic control instructions and clearances and operating carelessly and recklessly. The revocations are effective immediately. The pilots have 10 days to appeal the emergency revocations to the NTSB.

Jeffery Skipper Arrested for Flying Intoxicated

PUNTA GORDA - A Ft. Myers man has been arrested by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office for a July incident in which he allegedly flew a small plane dangerously low over parts of Charlotte County while intoxicated.

According to a sheriff's office report, 48-year-old Jeffery Ward Skipper was charged Monday with a third-degree felony of "Operation of aircraft while intoxicated or in a careless or reckless manner."

On July 20th, numerous calls to the sheriff's office reported a small plane flying dangerously low over Port Charlotte, North Port, El Jobean, and East Englewood. Eyewitnesses reported the plane doing flips and flying as low as 50 feet above the ground, nearly hitting tree tops and vehicles.

According to the report, Skipper was flying so low that he was recognized by an ex-girlfriend as he flew by in a small single engine Cessna-172. Minimum safe altitudes in a congested area are 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle.

When Skipper landed at Lee County Airport, a control tower operator that spoke to Skipper said he "smelled of alcohol.

Mid-Continent Instruments and AeroMech Inc. Introduces new MD835 Emergency Power Supply

Mid-Continent Instruments and AeroMech Inc. are partnering up to make a new MD835 Emergency Power Supply. The MD835 features Lithium Nanophosphate technology. Mid-Continent will conduct RTCA DO-160 environmental testing and DO-311 for Lithium Systems qualification in order to receive TSO and STC approval.

University of North Texas Launches Aviation Program

In the year 2010 the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas will become the first Texas public college or university to offer a bachelor of science in aviation logistics.

It'll be offered by the University of North Texas College of Business in fall of 2010. It'll give people a career in aviation.