Aviation Technology Group in late June announced several design changes to its two-place Javelin twinjet. These include an increase in wing size, enhancement of wing high-lift devices and improvement of the canopy opening mechanism. According to Englewood, Colo.-based ATG, these are the last major design changes to the Javelin design, freezing its configuration to enable suppliers to start building production airframe parts.
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Following initial flight-testing in late April, the Diamond D-Jet single-engine very light jet resumed flight testing after installation of its data acquisition system and minor modifications to the engine inlet fairings. In a series of flight tests conducted in late June, the speed and altitude envelopes were progressively expanded from 170 knots and 12,000 feet to more than 280 knots and 25,000 feet.
Comp Air of Merritt Island, Fla., last month unveiled plans to certify its 10-seat, all-composite Comp Air 12 turboprop single. The Honeywell TPE331-14GR-powered airplane is expected to enter flight testing in the fourth quarter, with certification slated for 2009.
Bringing new meaning to “crash ’n’ dash,” a Boeing 737 suffered damage during a go-around at the attempted conclusion of a night freight flight from Liege, Belgium, to London Stansted on June 15. The airplane was operated by TNT.
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NBAA tried something new at its annual Flight Attendants Conference, held this year in Denver in June. As part of its effort to emphasize the importance of the role of the business aviation flight attendant, the association decided to highlight the theme of safety, said Jay Evans, NBAA director of operations.
Do not fly any more illegal charters.
That is what the FAA, since March 2 last year, has attempted to tell Platinum Jet Management of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Finally, on June 12, the Department of Transportation issued a consent order in which Platinum Jet agreed to stop flying illegal charters, without admitting that it had broken any laws.
BLR Aerospace expects to receive an STC for winglets for the King Air 300 in late summer or early fall. The Everett, Wash. company says its winglets will improve the twin turboprop’s cruise speed, climb rate, fuel consumption and handling qualities. Pre-certification kit price is $49,950.
In a bid to boost sales of the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) in North and South America, Airbus last month opened a corporate jetliner center in the U.S.
Gulfstream is using this NASA F-15B to test a “telescopic quiet spike” that the company hopes will reduce the supersonic noise signature of any potential supersonic business jet. Manufactured from composite materials, the 14-foot-long spike weighs 470 pounds and extends to 24 feet in length for supersonic flight.