A Beechcraft-owned King Air 200, crashed onto the roof of FlightSafety International’s Cessna Citation Training Center on the north side at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (KICT) this morning just before 10 a.m. CDT. Authorities reported that the sole-occupant pilot–Mark Goldstein, a contract pilot–reported an engine failure on takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. Goldstein was attempting to ferry the twin turboprop to Mena, Ark., Ryan Aviation president Ron Ryan told Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW.
AINalerts » October 30, 2014
Business aircraft deliveries showed a healthy 8.7-percent year-over-year jump during the first nine months of this year, according to third-quarter data released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Billings also rose about 4 percent during this period, to $16.02 billion.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered 45 business jets (seven Learjet 70/75s, one Learjet 60XR, 12 Challenger 300/350s, six Challenger 605s and 19 Global 5000/6000s) in the third quarter, compared with 36 (two 60XRs, 12 Challenger 300s, eight 605s and 14 Globals) in the same period a year ago. Year-to-date as of September 30, it shipped 126 business jets (16 Learjets, 55 Challengers and 55 Globals) versus 120 (nine Learjets, 66 Challengers and 45 Globals).
Under a newly constructed International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) registration, business aviation safety firm Baldwin Aviation is now offering a co-operative registration plan to qualifying flight departments–meaning one aircraft and four or fewer staff members–that are working directly with the company on IS-BAO compliance and registration. Baldwin became the first IS-BAO registered safety management system (SMS) implementer in 2007; achieved Stage II registration in 2010; and this year met the requirements to establish its new Safety Co-op program.
The FAA and U.S. aviation industry have formed an “Equip 2020” working group to rally aircraft operators behind automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology. The FAA announced the plan following an invitation-only “call to action” meeting held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Garmin announced the GDL 84 ADS-B datalink, which provides an all-inclusive, minimally intrusive ADS-B OUT solution without the need to significantly modify the aircraft panel or the need for a multifunction display. When paired with Garmin’s Flight Stream Bluetooth wireless gateway, the system also provides ADS-B IN benefits, including access to advanced traffic and subscription-free weather information, within the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device. The GDL 84 is expected to receive FAA Approved Model List supplemental type certification in the first quarter.
Beechcraft is now offering a factory-installed modification for King Air 250s that increases the mtow from 12,500 pounds to 13,420 pounds, providing 1,025 pounds of payload with full fuel. Aircraft with this option will be certified in the commuter category, meaning pilots will be required to have a type rating. The modification, developed with CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, is also available as an aftermarket option for in-service King Air 250s via Textron Aviation’s factory-owned service centers
Garmin expanded its global aviation chart coverage with the latest release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs and airport diagrams. Ground movement charts and airport diagrams are also available as part of the European FliteCharts database, Garmin said. The latest release extends coverage to following countries: Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; Hungary; Ireland; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; and Ukraine. Aircraft overlays of current aircraft position are available on Garmin’s FliteCharts.
A team of business people and pilots are laying the groundwork for the proposed Massachusetts Air and Space Museum at Massachusetts’ Hanscom Airfield. Scheduled to open its doors in 2018, the project was launched in 2007. The group has accumulated some initial funds, but needs $100 million to build and initially operate the planned 300,000-sq-ft facility. In addition to 150,000 sq ft of exhibition galleries, the museum would include an auditorium, aircraft restoration shop and 13,000 sq ft for classrooms.
The annual Business & General Aviation Day (BGAD) will alternate annually between London Biggin Hill and Cambridge Airports, the organizer of the one-day exhibition and seminar announced today. Dates and locations for the next two shows are Sept. 15, 2015 (“Battle of Britain Day”) at London Biggin Hill and Sept. 13, 2016 at Cambridge. BGAD organizer Mark Ranger said this plan will provide “variation and freshness” to the event that has grown in popularity since the first one was held 10 years ago.
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