Raytheon Beech 1900C, Nassau, Bahamas, Oct. 22, 2004–The pilots of Beech 1900 N79YV, operated by Southern Air Charter, a Bahamian certified airline, ditched the airplane approximately 80 yards off the southern shoreline of New Providence Island. The flight was on a VFR flight plan in VMC and was operating, from Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, to Nassau International Airport.
Lou Martin and Associates of San Antonio is offering its new generation window shade system for widebody large executive aircraft.
The certification process, scheduled for completion early this year, is designed to ensure compliance with the more stringent standards that the FAA and European aviation authorities are implementing.
The solution to sun glare, long a problem in the cabin, has in the past meant pulling the shades to block out the light. Now, Research Frontiers, of Woodbury Park, N.Y., is offering improved suspended particle device (SPD) light-control technology as a new solution that allows the passenger visual access to what’s outside without the glare.
Paradize II, an advanced cabin management system linking all the aircraft’s in-flight entertainment and cabin lighting components, has been installed on an executive Airbus A330, and the Montierchaume, France, company is now making it available to the business jet industry as “Paradize II Lite.”
Early last month, Bell sold three 412s to Global Vectra, bringing to 18 the number of helicopters in the fleet of the Mumbai-based aviation firm. Separately, the government of Karnataka has leased an Indian-built HAL Dhruv. Early last month, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy was the first passenger.
Ordering and receiving Pratt & Whitney Canada parts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa should be quicker now that the engine manufacturer has opened a new parts distribution center (PDC) in Amsterdam. The new facility focuses on rapid parts deliveries to its engine customers in those areas.
Falcon 2000 operators have another maintenance option on the East Coast. Meridian Jet Center on Teterboro Airport has been certified to work on the aircraft. The company has been previously certified to work on Learjets, Falcon 50s and 900s, Challengers, Hawkers and Gulfstreams. Repairs on other aircraft are available on request; the EASA-certified company is also an approved Honeywell line service center.
Notwithstanding recent complaints of poor operational performance by the nation’s biggest regional airlines, passenger boardings, revenue passenger miles (RPMs), load factors and average trip distance all broke records during last year’s third quarter, according to statistics compiled by Washington, D.C.-based The Velocity Group for the Regional Airline Association.
The NTSB final report on the May 2005 crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B found several causes, notably the pilot’s mishandling a partial power loss in the left engine due to his lack of recent flight experience and recurrent training. While flight logs provided by the family showed the pilot had more than 500 hours operating an MU-2, his last MU-2 flight before the accident flight was 14 years earlier. Four people were killed in the crash.
Despite delays, which as of publication have seen only one of the new Eclipse 500 VLJs delivered, a niche market is doing business in sales of position numbers. According to one aircraft broker, around 100 of the airplanes have changed hands at a profit of $150,000 to $500,000 depending on how low the serial number is. Michael Press, president and CEO of Single Pilot Jet Management in St.