Flight-simulator business stalls after truck wreck
July 11, 2006
A company hoping to offer pilots and the public flight simulations is suing a moving firm that was supposed to deliver the $50,000 apparatus.The simulator was never delivered because the delivery truck rolled down an all-too-real 150-foot ravine, the Aspen Flight Operations lawsuit states.Without the simulator, the company is in a holding pattern, said founder Joe Krabacher, an Aspen pilot and attorney. Among other services, Bekins Van Lines provides insurance of home deliveries of large electronic devices, his lawsuit says. Unknown to Krabacher, Bekins allegedly hired White Moving & Storage, which specializes in home deliveries of large consumer electronic devices.The simulator was to be delivered in mid-December. Bekins called several days later with bad news: Whites truck that was hauling the Simulator drove off a road and rolled 150 feet into a ravine. The device is highly complex, the lawsuit says, and the defendants should have known that the Simulator would not survive rolling in the back of a truck down a 150-foot ravine.Bekins has refused to allow Krabacher to inspect the simulator and has passed his case around to three insurance adjusters, the lawsuit says. One adjuster offered Bekins $50,000 as full payment of the claim, and yet they dont want to pay the $50,000 and have refused to respond, he said.Fran Donato, a Bekins marketing/communications manager, said her company doesnt comment on litigation, other than that it pursues an active defense on all cases.