A Eurocopter EC 135 T2+ (N135UW) operated by Air Methods for the University of Wisconsin crashed Saturday night shortly after taking off VFR from La Crosse (Wis.) Municipal Airport (LSE). The pilot and two-man medical crew, the only occupants, were killed. An NTSB spokesman said the helicopter hit a ridgeline four miles southeast of LSE, with debris scattered over a tenth of a mile and up to 600 feet below the main wreckage.
AINalerts » May 13, 2008
Hawker Beechcraft reported continued strong sales for its airplane offerings in the first quarter, though snags with the Hawker 4000 resulted in the Wichita aircraft manufacturer posting a $1.5 million loss for the period. “The loss was the consequence of an $18.4 million charge related to early production Hawker 4000 aircraft,” the company said.
Bombardier Aerospace’s business aircraft market forecast, released last week, predicts that 1,320 business jets, ranging from light twinjets to corporate airliners, will be delivered annually over the next 10 years. According to the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, this is more than a twofold increase from the industry average of about 620 business jets delivered annually between 1998 and 2007.
The 18th annual Teal Group Business Jet Overview, released on Friday, forecasts production of 14,289 business jets worth $218 billion (in 2008 dollars) over the next 10 years. Separately, the aerospace consulting group estimates that 779 corporate versions of jetliners and regional jets, worth a combined total of $38.1 billion, and 3,373 business turboprops, worth some $14.5 billion, will be built in the period between 2008 and 2017.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Embraer president and CEO Frederico Curado this afternoon jointly announced that the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer is building a $51 million, 149,500-sq-ft Phenom 100/300 final assembly, painting and delivery and customer operations center at Melbourne Airport.