AINalerts » November 23, 2010
Quest Aircraft yesterday received approval from the FAA for the Kodiak turboprop single’s ice protection system, meaning the aircraft is now able to fly in known icing conditions. According to the Sandpoint, Idaho-based aircraft manufacturer, the glycol-based TKS system has been installed on three Kodiaks to date.
Embraer has started the first phase of building a new $48 million, 330,000-sq-ft facility in Évora, Portugal, dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials. Completion of the initial phase is scheduled for the end of next year, while production of structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners will start in 2013.
Last week Sikorsky sought to quash a federal lawsuit brought by the Schweizer family that charges the Stratford, Conn.-based company with reneging on the terms of its 2004 purchase of Schweizer Aircraft, builder of light helicopters, surveillance aircraft and unmanned drones. Schweizer acquired the production rights to the Hughes 300-series helicopters from McDonnell Douglas in 1986.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is probing the causes of a Cessna Citation II crash that closed Birmingham (UK) Airport for several hours on Friday. The aircraft crashed while attempting to land at around 3:35 p.m. local time during foggy conditions.
Faced with an FAA mandate to modify all of the Hawker 4000s delivered thus far with fuel system upgrades that meet the latest certification standards, Hawker Beechcraft is combining that work with an extensive upgrade and enhancement program.