Arkansas Aviation Resources

Arkansas Hunting and Fishing

The state of Arkansas is known for its beauty and varied landscapes. Its nickname is the “Natural State” because of the number of outdoor recreation activities available to residents and tourists. The state has 52 state parks and the National Park Service maintains seven properties. The Arkansas Timberlands, which are made up of dense forests on the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River, and the mountainous regions of the Ozark Mountains provide plenty of reasons to get out and explore.

Arkansas residents and tourists enjoy duck and deer hunting all across the state. There  are many excellent spots for hunting, as well as fishing. Arkansas is a prime destination for trout fishers because of its four distinct seasons and year-round fishing.

Little Rock is a popular tourist destination. It is the state capital and most populous city – for a good reason. It is centrally located and is the hub for business, transportation and culture. Arkansas relies on aircraft, steel and tourism to keep the economy strong. The service industry is also thriving, with so many people taking advantage of all that Arkansas has to offer.

Little Rock Airports

Little Rock National Airport serves the central Arkansas area. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and Fort Smith Regional Airport serve the area and the surrounding states. Despite the lack of an international airport, residents are able to make international connections at nearby airports, thanks to Arkansas’ proximity to Dallas and Chicago.

Commercial and general aviation are vital to Arkansas’ economy. The Arkansas Consortium for Aerospace Training exists for potential pilots and  those who are interested in the aviation industry. Through the consortium, students can learn about airframe and power plant technology, aviation management, avionics, and how to become an aviation maintenance technician.

There are seven FAA-approved flight schools throughout the state. Little Rock is home to many of them due to its central location and vast amount of aviation resources. Henderson State University offers a four-year degree in aviation, which is Arkansas’ only university program to offer a Bachelor of Science degree specifically for aviation.

In addition to Arkansas flight schools, Dassault Falcon Jet has a major completion center in Little Rock. This provides hundreds of jobs for Little Rock residents due to its size (it is the largest Dassault facility in the country). Little Rock also boasts the title of being the main completion center for Falcon Jets worldwide.

 Arkansas Helicopter and Airplane Crashes

Most heliports and helicopters are used for emergency air evacuations and helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), like those en route to the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Despite taking precautions, helicopter crashes still occur. The aviation attorneys at Slack & Davis successfully represented the families of those killed in the following helicopter crashes:

  • In February 2005, a patient injured in a motor vehicle accident was killed during transport to the hospital in Gentry, Arkansas. The medical helicopter that crashed was a Bell 206L-1.
  • In August 2010, a Bell 206L-1 medical helicopter crashed in Walnut Grove, Arkansas. During the flight, the main rotor separated from the tail boom, which caused the crash and killed three people.

Air travel is generally safe. Still, airplane crashes continue to happen and are caused by a variety of factors such as mechanical failure, overloading the plane, and flying during low visibility or inclement weather. The attorneys at Slack & Davis have handled many airplane crash cases in Arkansas, including:

  • A Piper PA-46-350P crashed in Waldon, Arkansas, in April 1999 resulting in one fatality. The private plane, which had fewer than 100 hours total flight time, suffered in-flight structural failure.
  • American Airlines Flight 1420 crashed in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June 1999, killing 121 people. The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 crashed due to pilot error.
  • In December 2002, a Beechcraft 1900 crashed into terrain during approach in Eagleton, Arkansas, killing three.
  • A Cessna 182S crashed in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in March 2003, resulting in two casualties. The private airplane was operated by the Cessna Employees Flying Club of Wichita, Kansas.
  • In August 2003, during a transatlantic flight from Frankfurt to Houston, Lufthansa Flight 440 encountered severe turbulence over Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, killing 46 people. The Airbus A340-300 continued to Houston, where it landed safely.
  • In September 2005, a chartered cargo flight crashed during its return to the airport, killing one. The Mitsubishi MU-2B-36 crash occurred in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Founded in 1993, the attorneys at Slack & Davishave more than 20 years of experience in aviation law and our law firm can provide compassionate and knowledgeable representation. If you have lost a loved one in a plane or helicopter crash, or sustained a personal injury, call 800-455-8686 for a free case evaluation. Our lawyers will work to get you the settlement you deserve.