A Royal Air Freight Learjet 35 crashed into a river in a forest preserve on Tuesday afternoon while on approach to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Ill. The cargo-configured twinjet, N720RA, was destroyed when it went down about one mile from the airport, killing both the pilot and copilot. According to investigators, the crew was performing a circling approach to Runway 34 when the accident occurred.
According to UBS Investment Research’s latest business jet update, flight activity in November was roughly unchanged from the same period in 2008, stemming the year-over-year declines seen in each of the previous 24 months. On a seasonally adjusted basis, cycles were roughly 1 percent higher from October and are now 18 percent above their March low, though still 23 percent below the 2007 peak.
Brazilian OEM Embraer launched 2010 by announcing the first deliveries of two of its new aircraft, the Phenom 300 and Lineage 1000. The first Phenom 300, a seven-passenger light jet, was delivered from Embraer’s São Jose dos Campos facilities on December 29 to Executive Flight Services of Kansas City, Mo.
As flight activity last year declined from that of the previous year, so too did the number of U.S. business aircraft accidents, according to year-end statistics released yesterday by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. In the business jet category, the total number of accidents for U.S.-registered aircraft saw a dramatic decline, from 23 in 2008 to eight in 2009.
CRS Jet Spares is moving inventory to Europe to bolster support for its international customers. Inventory will include Gulfstream, Challenger, Falcon, Learjet, Beechjet, CRJ and Hawker parts. The company will also continue its 24/7 AOG support commitment to its international customers.
Twin Commander Aircraft completed its relocation from Arlington, Wash., to Creedmoor, N.C. The company moved to capitalize on North Carolina’s increasing status as an eastern hub for aerospace manufacturing activity. Twin Commander Aircraft was acquired by Firstmark, and Creedmoor (located approximately 20 miles north of Raleigh) is the site of Firstmark’s 70,000-sq-ft operations center, according to Twin Commander president Matt Isley.
Hawker Pacific has “embarked on a major expansion of services” with the opening of a product support service center at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, Malaysia. “We have significant plans for Malaysia in 2010,” said John Riggir, senior v-p of Hawker Pacific’s Asia group.
“In February 2009 we were forced to implement a 15-percent reduction in staff company-wide,” Lou Seno, president and CEO of Jet Support Services (JSSI), told AIN. “That reduction included a few of our European administrative personnel in Luxembourg; however, we are as committed as ever to our presence in Europe.” Seno said about one third of JSSI’s business is in Europe.
“The most significant issue facing the maintenance community in 2010 is financial sustainability,” Aaron Hilkemann, president of Duncan Aviation, told AIN. “As demand decreased this past year, additional incentives were provided to operators. These incentives have reduced or eliminated already low profit margins for many maintenance providers.
Blackhawk Modifications continues to expand its ranks of distributors worldwide. The company most recently has completed distribution agreements both in the U.S. and in Europe and Australia, including Bromma Air Maintenance of Sweden; Scandinavian Air Technologies of Denmark; Cobham Aviation Service, UK; Approved Aircraft Maintenance, Australia; Hawker Pacific, Australia; and Lanmar Aviation, Conn.