Part of the certification process of a new aircraft design is completing hundreds of tests to hit thousands of data points for both flight and ground tests. To reduce the time required to complete these tests, OEMs usually dedicate a fleet of aircraft for the certification testing.
Aviation International News » December 2001
Sean Roberts, an experimental test pilot for both military and civilian projects with more than 18,000 flight hours, started the National Test Pilot School (NTPS) in 1980 after receiving requests from the aircraft industry for a school that would address FAA certification requirements.
“Beginning autorotation with left turn.”
“Roger. Autorotate to left.”
After a few moments, during which the MD 600N helicopter plummets toward the ground engaged in a sweeping left turn, the first pilot’s voice comes over the radio. “Recovering.” He recovers at approximately 100 ft over the desert floor.
“Roger. Recover.” This voice belongs to the pilot of the chase aircraft, also an MD helicopter.
Clintonville, Wis.-based Performance Conversions has received an STC for installing 751-shp Czech-built Walter M601E-11 turboprop engines and five-blade Avia propellers on the King Air C90-1, C90A, C90B, C90SE and E90. The conversion, approved last April on the basic C90, also decreases cabin noise, takeoff distance, routine maintenance costs and downtime for engine maintenance, according to the company.
This year will be one of the best that Dassault has ever had with its Falcon business jets. As of late October, the French manufacturer had chalked up firm orders for 112 Falcons and taken options for another 101, smashing last year’s record of firm orders for 90 Falcons.
The Dassault Falcon 7X will be the first purpose-built business jet to have a fly-by-wire (FBW) system. Reduced crew workload, better aircraft performance and increased safety should be the major benefits, Dassault technical managers told AIN.
More than 18 months after it was revealed that Cessna was seeking corporate approval to build its largest ever Citation service center in Wichita, Cessna announced last month the project is a go. Construction is set to start before year-end on a 443,000-sq-ft facility at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on a 150-acre site leased to Cessna by the Wichita Airport Authority.
Once again, the deadly duo of “get-there-itis” and fatigue joined forces to seduce an airline crew into attempting a landing at Little Rock National Airport (LIT) as a line of severe thunderstorms was passing through the area on June 1, 1999.
Legislation to ban certain large transport aircraft that have hush kits from using all European airports starting next April has been scrapped by the European Union. Consequently, the U.S. withdrew a formal complaint submitted last year to the International Civil Aviation Organization. The U.S. maintained that the regulation, that applied to hush-kitted aircraft over 75,000 lb mtow, discriminated against U.S. manufacturers.
Both NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) are supporting the FAA’s formal investigation into possible violations of federal law by the city of Naples, Fla., and the Naples Airport Authority (NAA).