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Ameriflight is an Americanmarker cargo airline based in Burbankmarker, Californiamarker, USAmarker. It is the largest United States FAA Part 135 cargo carrier, operating scheduled and contract cargo services to destinations in 30 US states, Canadamarker, Mexicomarker, and the Caribbeanmarker. Ameriflight serves major financial institutions, freight forwarders, laboratories and overnight couriers in the USA and provides feeder services for overnight express carriers nationwide and internationally.

The majority of Ameriflight's flying consists of "air feeder" service for major package express integrators such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL. On schedules set by the customers, cargo is received in the early morning from large jet freighters at hub airports and distributed by Ameriflight airplanes to smaller communities whose traffic (or airports) wouldn't support the big airplanes. In the evening, the Ameriflight aircraft fly inbound to the hubs with cargo to be transferred to the big jet freighters, which carry it onward to the integrators' distribution centers for sorting and redistribution to the ultimate destinations.

Although demand is decreasing as use of digital imaging and electronic data transfer increases, the company also transports high priority intercity financial documents. Pharmaceuticals, film for development, medical laboratory samples, and other miscellaneous cargo are also carried.

The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airportmarker (CVG) base is unique to Ameriflight as a hub for the company's time-critical radioactive medical raw materials business, which transports radioactive "generator" materials between points of manufacture and cities where it is used to produce materials used in diagnostics and cancer therapy.

In addition to "scheduled" flying (with contract schedules set by customers) all Ameriflight bases can respond to unscheduled "special" flights to destinations in Alaska, Canada, throughout the conterminous U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and into South America. In addition, the company conducts on-demand passenger charter operations with a King Air 200.

As of mid-2009, company aircraft make approximately 2,000 departures per week and fly nearly 100,000 hours per year.


The airline was established in 1968 and started operations as California Air Charter. It merged in 1971 with United Couriers (UCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of ATI Systems International (ATIS). In April 1993 the fixed-wing division of Wings Express of Van Nuysmarker was purchased and the outstanding shares of Sports Air Travel were purchased in mid-1997. In March 2007, When Canadian company Garda Security bought ATIS, Ameriflight was sold to a group of investors including the company's president, Gary Richards. Ameriflight has about 600 employees.

Main Bases and Hubs

As of mid-2009, Ameriflight's headquarters is Burbank Bob Hope Airportmarker, with hubs at:

Early in 2008, Ameriflight announced the closure of BIL as a crew domicile—although the BIL base facilities remain active for aircraft maintenance pending further business developments.


The Ameriflight fleet includes the following aircraft (as of August 2009):

All aircraft are "straight freighters" except for the King Air 200, and two Learjet 35As, which are passenger-configured.

Previously operated:

As of 7 November 2008, the average age of the Ameriflight fleet is 18.5 years ([159119]).

Accidents and incidents

  • January 16, 1987 – A Cessna Caravan flying from Ontario, Californiamarker to North Las Vegas, Nevadamarker crashed into mountainous terrain near Ciima, California. The pilot, who was the only person onboard, was killed. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: Altitude not maintained, Pilot-In-Command descent inadvertent, Pilot-in-Command Fatique (Lack of Sleep). Contributing Factors: Terrain Condition Mountainous/Hilly [159120]
  • September 15, 1989 – A Piper Chieftain departing Ontario, CAmarker for Santa Barbara, CAmarker crashed shortly after takeoff when the right propeller separated from the aircraft and the corresponding damage to the airframe rendered it uncontrollable. The pilot was the sole person on board and was fatally injured. This accident resulted in redesign of the propeller hub [159121]
  • October 25, 1989, Ontario, California – Two aircraft operated by the same company were holding short of the runway, with the engines running, awaiting separate takeoff clearances. The Beechcraft Model 99 was ahead of the Piper Chieftain. The pilot of the Piper Chieftain stated that his foot slipped off the brake pedal and his aircraft rolled forward, striking the empennage of the Beechcraft Model 99. The Piper Chieftain received minor damage to its propellors and nose and the Beechcraft Model 99 received substantial damage to its tail and horizontal stabilizer. There were no injuries. [159122], [159123]
  • November 16, 1994: A Beechcraft Model 99 flying between Burbank, Californiamarker and Oakland, CAmarker crashed near Avenal, CAmarker during an uncontrolled descent. The pilot, who was the only person onboard, was killed.[159124]
  • February 12, 1999: A Beechcraft Model 99 operating between Tonopah, NVmarker and Bishop, CAmarker crashed about 18.1 miles NE of the Bishop Airportmarker in the vicinity of the Inyo National Forestmarker. The plane was found the next day along a valley close to White Mountainmarker inside the forest. The pilot was killed. The cause of the crash was determined to be the failure of the pilot to follow proper procedures. [159125]
  • October 14, 1999 – A Piper Chieftain departed VFR from KVGT; North Las Vegas, NVmarker enroute to Sacramento, Californiamarker and collided with terrain. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The failure of the pilot-in-command to maintain separation from terrain while operating under visual flight rules. Contributing factors were the improper issuance of a suggested heading by air traffic control personnel, inadequate flight progress monitoring by radar departure control personnel, and failure of the radar controller to identify a hazardous condition and issue a safety alert. [159126]
  • October 14, 1999: North Las Vegas, NV PA-31-350, aircraft demolished due to collision with ground attributed to pilot misjudgment. [159127]
  • January 28, 2000: Fayetteville, AR SA227AT, substantial damage due to wheels up landing. [159128]
  • July 26, 2002: Burbank, CA (aircraft type not specified), wheels up landing. [159129]
  • January 31, 2003: Oakland, CA Piper Chieftain, fire or explosion during climb to cruise phase of flight. [159130]
  • February 28, 2003: Oakland, CA Beechcraft Model 99, gear collapse during landing. [159131]
  • July 7, 2003: Lakeview, OR Cessna 402B, substantial damage to aircraft due to gear collapse during taxi. [159132]
  • November 29, 2003: Flight 1966, a Fairchild Merlin IV-C was flying Boeing FieldmarkerSpokanemarker when it impacted trees about 3.4 miles from Felts Fieldmarker where it was to land. The pilot, who was the lone person onboard, was killed. The cause of the crash was determined to be the pilot's failure to maintain proper glidepath alignment during an ILS approach in poor weather. [159133]
  • January 21, 2004 – Flight 132, a Piper PA32R, was flying the route between Inyokern, California and Bishop, CA when the aircraft impacted terrain just south of Big Pine, CA, killing the lone pilot.
  • November 19, 2004: Phoenix, AZ Beech-99, substantial damage to aircraft due to collision during taxi. Attributed to pilot inattention. [159134]
  • February 15, 2005: Burbank, CA Beechcraft Model 99, landing gear collapse during touchdown. [159135]
  • March 18, 2006: Flight 2591, a Beechcraft Model 99 was flying the route Helena, MTmarker-Butte, Montanamarker when it crashed about 8.1 miles SW of Butte. The plane impacted trees and then mountainous terrain, during heavy snow and icing. The wreckage was not located until March 20. Both pilots were killed. The cause of the crash was determined to be the pilot's failure to follow the proper instrument approach procedure. [159136]
  • September 28, 2007: Pampa, TX Piper Chieftain sustained substantial damage to aircraft due to wheels-up landing. Accident attributed to pilot innatention. [159137]
  • September 22, 2009: Omaha, NE Fairchild Merlin IV-C Sustained substantial damage due to a Cessna 402 colliding with nose of the parked aircraft. Causing damage from nose to forward pressure bulkhead.

External links


  1. Airline Pilot Central

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