At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the former naval air station in Brunswick, Maine, reopened as Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM). More than 200 state and local dignitaries, the public and fly-in visitors attended the opening ceremony.
AINalerts » April 5, 2011
Last month in Marignane, France, Eurocopter quietly flew the first prototype of a helicopter that is to replace the EC130 light single and possibly the entire Ecureuil family, Jean-Michel Billig, the companyπs executive vice president for research and development, told AIN yesterday. The program is codenamed X2, although it has no relationship with Sikorskyπs technology demonstrator of the same name. Certification is planned for 2013.
The total number of U.S.-registered business turbine accidents in the first quarter of this year was one fewer than in the same period last year, but the number of fatalities in turboprop crashes increased. According to data compiled by AIN, nine jets and 11 turboprops were involved in accidents in the first quarter, compared with four jets and 13 turboprops in the first three months of last year.
A Brazilian judge last week heard testimony, via video link, from the two American pilots of the Legacy 600 that was involved in a midair with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon jungle in September 2006. The airliner crashed into the Amazon, killing all 154 aboard, while the Legacy pilots managed to land their damaged twinjet.
While it may seem to many like the movie “Groundhog Day,” the House of Representatives passed yet another version of FAA reauthorization on Friday, sending the measure to a House-Senate conference committee to meld it into the Senate FAA reauthorization bill passed in February. But the two pieces of legislation vary significantly, raising uncertainties about reaching a compromise.
The NTSB is leading the investigation into Saturday’s fatal crash of Gulfstream G650 S/N 6002 during “performance tests” at Roswell (N.M.) International Air Center Airport.