October 18, 2007
By AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing
Excel-Jet has filed a lawsuit against the FAA in an effort to clear its prototype airplane as well as its test pilots of any fault regarding a 2006 crash.
The NTSB determined that the Sport-Jet rolled violently right after takeoff and crashed for an "undetermined reason" in Colorado Springs, Colo. Both pilots walked away. While a good portion of the jet was substantially damaged, company officials said the roll-cage-style fuselage protected the crew.
The NTSB looked into wake turbulence but ruled it out. Excel-Jet is claiming that air traffic control violated separation rules when it cleared the jet for takeoff behind a de Havilland Dash 8. Excel-Jet has had experts conduct analysis and still suspects wake turbulence.
October 18, 2007
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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