Innotech Aviation of Montreal has begun construction of its new twin-bay aircraft paint facility at Pierre Trudeau International Airport in Dorval. The 41,000-sq-ft facility will accommodate aircraft as large as the Global Express XRS.
Aviation International News » January 2008
Millennium Concepts of Wichita, a specialist at development and certification of aircraft interiors, has been selected by Gore Design Completions of San Antonio to provide engineering, design and fabrication services for the executive interior of a Boeing Business Jet. It is the second aircraft completion project on which the two companies have been partners.
Buyers of an executive version of the new Airbus A350XWB will have the option of selecting the electrochromic (or “smart windows”) technology from PPG. The windows, developed by Gentex of Zeeland, Mich., contain an organic di-electric gel. When a very low electrical current is introduced, the gel will darken, rendering the window opaque.
Lufthansa Technik has signed a contract to do its first cabin completion on an executive version of the new Boeing 747-8. The four-engine airplane is scheduled to arrive at the company’s Hamburg, Germany completion center in early 2011 and will be delivered to the unidentified customer 18 months later.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A90, Wallkill, N.Y., July 27, 2007–The “very hard” landing of the King Air, breaking off the right main gear, was caused by the pilot’s improper flare, the NTSB concluded. The pilot had overflown the airport and saw no indication of wind speed or direction. The King Air flew over trees, then “dropped down” on approach “a little fast, and had a very hard landing.” There were no injuries.
Cessna CitationJet 525, Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 11, 2007–The NTSB concluded that the cause of this incident was the pilot’s inadvertent departure from a taxiway at Memphis International instead of a runway, despite the tower’s twice warning the pilot he was taking off from the taxiway.
Boeing 747-132, over Lake Michigan, Oct. 20, 2004–The Safety Board attributed the separation of the cargo 747’s number-one engine from its mounts to the uncontained separation of a portion of the second-stage turbine disk rim after the second-stage turbine vanes contacted the disk, due to the operator’s inadequate inspection of the high-pressure turbine module and the improper repair of the module.
Fairchild SA-227-AC Metro, Grain Valley, Mo., Aug. 17, 2006–The NTSB concluded that the Sierra West Airlines Metro hit a fence short of the runway at East Kansas City Airport because the pilot did not maintain clearance from the fence. Contributing factors were the pilot’s fatigue and the fence. The accident happened at 3:51 p.m.
Dassault Falcon 2000, Stilesville, Ind., April 14, 2006–The NTSB was unable to determine why the left engine cowling of Falcon N722JB detached and hit the lower spar of the horizontal stabilizer in cruise at FL250. The cowling, which was never located, also damaged the left engine primary fuel line.
Bell 206B JetRanger III, Sustenlimi, Switzerland, March 26, 2005–The JetRanger, carrying three skiers to the Steinfletscher glacier, crashed in the glacier plateau, killing the pilot and three passengers. Their bodies were recovered but worsening weather conditions delayed inspection of the wreckage.