Airbus launched a new engine option last month for A320-series airliners, and an Airbus Corporate Jetliner spokesman confirmed to AIN that the option (costing $6 million when specified for the airliner variant) will also be available for all ACJs based on the A320 series except the A318 Elite. Dubbed A320neo, the project offers two new engine choices–the CFM Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G.
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Cessna Citation 510, Upland, Calif., Sept. 17, 2010–While being pre-flighted on the ramp at Cable Airport, the Mustang rolled after the chocks were pulled. It struck a light aircraft with its left wing and finally stopped when the Mustang’s wing hit a concrete pillar, resulting in damage to the wing spar and its wing fuel tank. The Mustang was disassembled and removed by truck, according to an airport representative.o
Hawker Beechcraft A100, Kirby Lake, Alberta, Canada, Oct. 25, 2010–The turboprop twin was destroyed when it crashed short of the runway at Kirby Lake Airport. The Canadian-registered King Air, operated by Kenn Borek Air, was carrying 10 people on a charter flight from Edmonton City Center Airport when it went down in daylight, killing one of the pilots and injuring the other nine people on board.
Cessna Citation 750, Doncaster, UK, Dec. 9, 2010–As the twinjet taxied on the runway at Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport at the completion of a flight from London Luton Airport, its starboard main gear leg collapsed, forcing the airport to close for most of the day. According to an airport spokesman, the Citation X came to a halt on the western side of the runway with the starboard wing touching the ground.
Bell 206B, Meeker, Colo., Nov. 3, 2010–The JetRanger was engaged in low-altitude pipeline inspection near unpowered suspended electrical wires, when witnesses saw it suddenly pitch nose down as the rotor system separated from the fuselage. The helicopter then crashed behind trees, killing the passenger and severely injuring the pilot. Two of the wires were found to be severed.
Cessna Citation 560, Essendon, Australia, Oct. 12, 2010–While nearing its destination airport on a flight from Brisbane, the Citation Ultra flew into a thunderstorm and was severely damaged by hail. The twinjet landed safely at Essendon airport. None of the eight people on board was injured.
Bombardier Learjet 25B, Portland, Ore., Nov. 17, 2010–The Learjet was substantially damaged when it departed the runway after a wet landing at Portland-Hillsboro Airport. The pilot told the NTSB that he applied the brakes after a normal touchdown, but the airplane did not stop in time. The twinjet shed its nose gear when it came to rest approximately 600 feet past the runway’s departure end in a soft rain-soaked field.
Cessna Citation 560XL, Toledo, Ohio, Dec. 1. 2010–The NetJets-operated Excel experienced a loss of rudder control while landing in VMC at Toledo Express Airport at the end of a Part 135 flight from Monmouth Executive Airport in New Jersey. The twinjet landed safely, and post-flight examination revealed that the airplane’s rudder control cables and pulleys inside the tailcone were sheathed in ice.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900, Karachi, Pakistan, Nov. 5, 2010–The twin turboprop, operated by JS Air Pakistan, crashed soon after takeoff on a charter flight from Karachi-Jinnah International Airport to an oil field in Bhit Shah, Pakistan. All 17 passengers and four crewmembers were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.
At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change last month the international aviation industry was recognized for its efforts to address climate change. “Few state delegations at last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen were aware of aviation’s outstanding track record on fuel efficiency or the global industry’s dramatic commitments to reduce our carbon footprint. This year