Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), a revolutionary new technology being applied to the production of commercial flat-panel displays, took center stage at last month’s Society for Information Display conference and exhibition (SID 2002), held in Boston from May 20 to 24. Toshiba impressed showgoers by unveiling a full-color, 17-in.
Aviation International News » June 2002
Bombardier Flexjet Europe has added a new intercontinental option to its Jet Membership block-charter program. The new service, which was launched on May 7 at Berlin’s ILA 2002 airshow, will allow its members to book flights from Europe to North America, the Middle East and Africa.
The chairman of the Senate aviation subcommittee has called on his colleagues in Congress and the entire aerospace industry to make the restoration of federal funding for aerospace research and development a national priority so that the U.S. can maintain its technical leadership.
Of the few accidents that have occurred to fractional aircraft (none of them fatal), runway overruns are the most common. There were three such events since February (none resulting in serious injuries), including one in which a NetJets Citation 560 was destroyed in the overrun crash and subsequent fire May 2 at Real County Airport in Leakey, Texas. This was the first fractional jet totally destroyed in an accident.
Seven crewmembers are presumed dead after a flight of two U.S. Navy T-39 Sabreliners crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle last month. Navy officials said the two jets (military versions of the Sabreliner 40) were on a routine training flight from Pensacola Naval Air Station when they disappeared from radar about 40 mi south of Pensacola in the Gulf, with three people aboard one airplane and four on the other.
Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures, which completed its acquisition of the assets of bankrupt Mooney Aircraft on April 29 and changed its name to Mooney Aerospace Group, has indefinitely suspended development of the Jetcruzer 500.
A fire last month destroyed a hangar and the two Beech 1900D twin-turboprops inside at Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island, Neb. The hangar was leased by Cheyenne, Wyo.-based commuter airline Great Lakes Aviation. Construction of a new bifold hangar door was under way when the fire started.
FedEx has signed on to assist Really Quiet of Mojave, Calif., in the production, parts management and customer service of the latter company’s Stage 3 translating ejector hush kit for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs. FedEx developed a Stage 3 solution for its own fleet of Boeing 727s, with more than 730 shipsets delivered to date.
Quiet Technology of Miami last month expected to begin flying a Gulfstream II equipped with the company’s first FAA-conforming Stage 3 hush kit. The flight-test program is expected to be wrapped up this month and an STC is expected late next month or in early August. “The hush kit adds about 220 pounds, with no reduction in cruise speed,” Quiet Technology told AIN.
How much would it be worth to be able to reliably predict the structural failure of any part or component of an aircraft long before any flaw becomes visible? To be able to discover that there would be a structural failure in the top of a fuselage, in a vertical stabilizer or even in a landing gear before there was any visible indication such as a crack?