Eric Wicksell is suing Bombardier for negligence, claiming the Challenger 601 is defective because operating and training manuals didn't disclose what he alleges is the twinjet's high susceptibility to icing. Wicksell was the copilot of the Challenger 601 involved in a crash at Montrose Regional Airport, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004. Three people were killed in the accident, including a son of NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol.
AINalerts » July 13, 2006
Are the organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference planning to turn future meetings into yet another bizav show? During the event's first run in November, the agenda was confined to speakers addressing various ways to use business aircraft in the region.
The pilot of a Mitsubishi MU-2 that crashed shortly after takeoff from Portland-Hillsboro (Ore.) Airport in May last year had falsified his records, according to the NTSB's factual report. After the accident, which killed all four aboard, the NTSB found two sets of FAA records, the first for Michael McCartney, whose Social Security number ended in 0866.
Merritt Island, Fla.-based Comp Air recently unveiled plans to certify its 10-seat, all-composite Comp Air 12 turboprop single. The Honeywell TPE331-14GR-powered airplane is expected to enter flight testing in the fourth quarter, with certification slated for 2009.
On June 14, Beechjet 400A N440DS lost all power from both Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 engines while the airplane was in cruise flight at FL380 near Norfolk, Va. Unsure if they could remain clear of clouds, the pilots decided to turn on the engine anti-ice.