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April 10, 2013

NTSB Determines Probable Cause In Fatal Medical Helo Accident In Missouri

Cites Poor Decision Making In Departing With Critically Low Fuel Level

A pilot's decision to depart on a mission despite a critically low fuel level as well as his inability to perform a crucial flight maneuver following the engine flameout from fuel exhaustion was the probable cause of an emergency medical services helicopter accident that killed four in Missouri, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

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Beechcraft King Air Fleet Surpasses 60 Million Flight Hours

More Than 7,000 Of The Airplanes Operating Worldwide

The worldwide fleet of Beechcraft King Air turboprops has topped 60 million flight hours, the planemaker said in a news release Tuesday. The legendary line of twin-engine turboprops is the best-selling business aircraft family in the world. More than 7,000 King Airs are operated in 127 countries around the world, including all branches of the U.S. military.

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Indonesia Approves Bell 429 Increased Gross Weight

Becomes 17th Country To Approve The 500 Pound Increase

The Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted approval for the Bell 429 to fly at an increased maximum gross weight of 7,500 lbs. Indonesia marks the seventeenth country to approve the increased maximum gross weight. The DGCA’s approval is based on Transport Canada's certification and allows the aircraft to carry an additional 500 lbs. of fuel and/or payload.

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Bolen Renounces Obama Budget As Another Attack On Business Aviation

User Fees Again Included In FY2014 Budget

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on Wednesday expressed opposition to renewed calls for a new general aviation (GA) user fee, included in President Obama's just-released budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2014. “It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that the constant negative rhetoric about business aviation from the White House has once again translated into an onerous policy position from the administration, this time in the president’s newest budget proposal,” Bolen said.

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