Hawker Beechcraft King Air B100, Aurora, Texas, Oct. 6, 2009–The commercial pilot and three passengers were seriously injured and the turboprop twin was substantially damaged when it crashed after both engines lost power during the Part 91 flight from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport.
Aviation International News » December 2009
Cessna 560 Citation Encore, Kremmling, Colo., Aug. 24, 2009–A ground maintenance worker was seriously injured as the NetJets twinjet exited the fueling depot on the ramp apron. According to reports, the lineman was knocked over by the jet blast and sustained a broken leg, as the Encore was taxiing to depart McElroy Airfield.
Cessna 550 Citation II, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 8, 2009–The twinjet–operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency–was substantially damaged after it struck a runway sign during takeoff roll from North Island Naval Air Station. After assessing the damage en route, the flight crew decided to return to North Island and made an uneventful landing.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Premier Aircraft’s 50Dash4 upgrade of the Falcon 50. Premier Aircraft received FAA certification of the
50Dash4 performance upgrade in 2007, and the EASA certification means that owners of Falcon 50s registered outside the U.S. can now have the modification done.
Jet Works Air Center began life as Denton Business Air Center in 2004, when president Trey Bryson left DeCrane and joined with four associates to launch his own MRO. The company started with four employees, two of whom were principal partners, and moved into a 12,000-sq-ft paint facility and an 11,000-sq-ft general maintenance hangar.
Elbit Systems of America said that the installation of the first head-up display (Hud) and Kollsman enhanced-vision system (EVS) combination in a Challenger 604 is on track for certification early next year.
A fight is brewing between TrueNorth Avionics of Ottawa, Canada, and Aircell, the creator of an air-to-ground broadband data network for aircraft, over a software application that lets TrueNorth and Aircell hardware link to each other.
Plans to jump-start NextGen equipage by giving preferential treatment for installation of new avionics systems will fundamentally alter the FAA’s “first-come, first-served” mantra for providing ATC services, according to Department of Transportation inspector general Calvin Scovel III.
ViaSat, a Carlsbad, Calif. provider of satellite broadband services for business jets, has appointed Midcoast Aviation and Savannah Air Center “value added resellers” of its airborne mobile broadband terminals.
The crash of an aeromedical Cessna Citation 550 into Lake Michigan more than two years ago has prompted the NTSB to recommend that the FAA require all Part 91K and Part 135 operators to incorporate upset recovery and related checklists and procedures into their training programs.