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GMU Falcon 50 - The plot thickensAnyone familiar with this operation and how non-type rated pilot(s) could have been operating this airplane? What about insurance implications? (www.flyingmag.com) More...
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Never had any trouble in any country with ramp checks. We had a binder that showed currency on everything from licenses to insurance to certificates of training, C of A, C of R, radio lic etc. When the feds showed up, show them the binder and bam, check is overwith in 5 min. Most commented on why dosen’t everyone do this?
An old airctaft not even minimally crewed makes one wunder how it was maintained. Still need CVR and FDR data if available.
The prelim report states that the aircraft landed normally, the No.2 TR deployed, and then little deceleration until it exited the end of the runway. Sounds like little or no brakes. The report further states the Anti-Skid switch was in the No.1 position and had an INOP placard on it dated the day of the accident. An untrained crew with critical maintenance was being deferred was an accident looking for a place to happen and it happened here.
I’m more worried about the vulture in Washington that will “get to the bottom of this so we can protect the flying public” for political gain and votes. Probably ramp checks out the wazoo for a while.
An unqualified crew out playing pilot and endangering the flying public, the motoring public and all the rest of the public they’re flying over. If more ramp checks deter just one of these half-a$$ cowboy operations I’m all for it. Events like this give all of business aviation and the millions of people employed by it a giant black eye.
"Runway 01/19 is 5,393 feet long and has an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) installed on the end of Runway 01 to safely slow aircraft following an overrun. There was no EMAS at the end of Runway 19, which was in use yesterday afternoon. Weather just shortly after the accident was reported as VFR—visibility of 10 miles and an overcast layer at 3,100 feet—with winds from 200 degrees at eight knots". AINonline. Good VFR. Kinda wish they would quit emphasizing the EMAS on the runway "not in use" because we don't opt for the EMAS equipped runway, we opt for the one in use! I agree with your point, however, wingbolt is spot on, the ramp check is the last thing that will get these guys. If the FAA folks responsible for this operators base airport didn't have a clue how outside the box he was operating a DA50 I suspect he was just as adept at dodging a ramp check. When you read my sorta funny tale below you will get that it's more of a sarcastic indictment of the FAA than a humorous event in my career.
I don’t mind the ramp checks but most of mine has been conducted by an inspector that was clueless. Won’t solve a thing.
Hangin out on the ramp at SBN killin time on a charter while Texas played Notre Dame. Needless to say, the ramp was full of charter, 91 airplanes and the crew lounge and FBO were just as full. The ramp gate opens and in comes the Chevy Vega wagon or whatever they drove back then and after they park, out come two of the most obvious feds. you could ever Not want to see. They wander around for a few minutes sizing up the possible victims. 5 minutes (who knows) later a pristine J3 comes in and parks in the forest of jets. You guessed it, Barney and crew bee line over and ramp the two young guys that get out. After the inquisition Barney and crew get in the Vega and drive off, box checked, I guess, that they had ramped somebody at SBN on a football day. I guess you could make this stuff up, but you don't have to. Cheers.
I was going to call BS on this story until the Chevy Vega part come up. Beyond a shadow of a doubt it’s true!