Learjet 35, Truckee, Calif., Dec. 28, 2005–The NTSB has released its preliminary report of the RSB Investments Learjet accident, which killed the two-man crew. Cleared for the GPS-A approach, a circling approach, to Truckee-Tahoe Airport, the jet crashed short of Runway 28 after loss of control.
Aviation International News » March 2006
Phazar Flight Support at Meacham nternational Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, is expanding. In particular, its aircraft refurbishment center, due for completion this month, is growing. The new facility includes a 44,000-sq-ft hangar devoted to completion work and the company is already converting two MD-87 airliners to executive/VIP configuration.
Yingling Aviation recently opened a new 15,500-sq-ft facility that will include 12,000 sq ft of hangar space in addition to a customer spec room, shops and offices. In recent years the Wichita-based company has focused on its Oasis program, installing executive/VIP cabins in Cessna Caravans.
MacCarthy Interiors in Surrey, England, has delivered its first Sikorsky S-92 with an executive interior. The job for a private owner was part of a contract with Harrods Aviation (MacCarthy is a preferred interiors supplier for Harrods), and involved first stripping out the old interior. Among the upgrade items is a forward lavatory and new leather seats.
Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland, is well under way on an executive/VIP Airbus A320 interior it expects to deliver in July to a first-time customer. The airplane will accommodate up to 25 passengers and cabin amenities will include on-demand audio/video, LED lighting and a humidification system. Among the more unusual aspects is a faux finish in place of wood.
In a city that already had two interior completion and refurbishment centers, one more might have been one too many. But rather than fight for every job, the three facilities at Tucson International Airport– DunnAir Business Jet Completion, Evergreen Air Center and Hamilton Aerospace Technologies–have decided that a cooperative agreement would benefit all.
• One of the annual Washington rituals calls for the President to send Congress an administration budget proposal for the next fiscal year. President Bush followed through with a FY2007 plan asking for $27.7 trillion. The proposed budget would increase defense spending by 7 percent and cut some $15 billion from 141 programs in nine of 15 Cabinet agencies.
Dr. Frederick Tilton has been named the FAA’s new federal air surgeon, replacing Dr. Jon Jordan, who retired last December. Tilton had been the deputy federal air surgeon since 2000 and became acting federal air surgeon when Jordan retired.
A new Web-based tool for NBAA members provides business aircraft manufacturers and operators real-time information about business aircraft maintenance and performance.
Called the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards, Ferms allows individual operators to benefit not only from the compilation of their own aircraft data, but also from information contributed by other experienced fleet operators.
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta told a group of space-travel enthusiasts last month that the DOT/ FAA will be ready to issue permits for commercial space travel next year, and trips paid for by passengers could begin in 2008.