Aviation International News » March 2008

March 3, 2008 - 10:09am

Dassault Falcon Jet has selected Precision Pattern Interiors to supply completed cabin cabinetry for the Falcon 2000EX “over the next three years, with the potential for future expansion.” The Wichita-based cabinetry specialist, a DeCrane Aerospace company, will manufacturer ready-to-install, wood veneer cabinets, with deliveries to start in early spring.

March 3, 2008 - 9:55am

Swiss-based Jet Aviation Group expanded its U.S. footprint last month with the acquisition of maintenance and cabin completion and refurbishment specialist Savannah Air Center. The deal adds some 280,000 sq ft of space at Savannah Air to the more than 650,000 sq ft at Jet Aviation’s Midcoast Aviation subsidiary in East Cahokia, Ill.

March 3, 2008 - 9:12am

Cessna 208B Caravan, San Angelo, Texas, Jan. 24, 2003–The NTSB said the Caravan crashed during a simulated forced landing because the flight crew failed to cycle the de-ice boots and failed to maintain adequate airspeed during the maneuver. A contributing factor was the ice accumulation on the airfoils’ leading edges.

March 3, 2008 - 6:45am

Socata TBM 700, Dartmouth, Mass., Feb. 2, 2007–In the crash of the TBM that killed all three aboard, the NTSB determined the probable cause was both pilots’ failure to maintain aircraft control during a missed approach to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB). The commercial pilot, who had 125 hours of instrument time, had filed a flight plan for the wrong airport and received a weather briefing for that airport.

March 3, 2008 - 6:19am

Hawker Beechcraft 800XP, Santa Ana, Calif., Oct. 29, 2007–The NTSB attributed the Hawker accident to the pilot’s failure to follow airplane flight manual procedures regarding brake cooling time periods.

March 3, 2008 - 5:55am

Hawker Beechcraft Beechjet 400A, Norfolk, Va., June 14, 2006–The NTSB said the probable cause of the dual engine flameout was the accretion of high-altitude ice crystals on the compressor vanes and their ingestion into the engine high-pressure compressor when the pilots pulled back the power levers. This caused compressor surges and the flameouts of both engines.

March 3, 2008 - 5:52am

Bombardier Learjet 35A, Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 26, 2006–The pilot’s inadequate compensation for a gusty crosswind, which resulted in loss of control and a wing strike on the runway, was responsible for the landing accident involving a Secure Air Charter Learjet, according to the NTSB.

March 3, 2008 - 5:45am

Eurocopter AS 350B2, Kamarang, Guyana, Feb. 6, 2005–The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that the cause of the Canadian-registered AS 350 accident was a flight control malfunction and the pilot’s inability to control the helicopter before it hit the ground. Although the TSB did not determine the cause of
the malfunction, the agency said it was probably a loss of hydraulic pressure.

March 3, 2008 - 5:42am

Gulfstream V/Hawker 800A, Teterboro, N.J., Dec. 27, 2007–An East Coast Jets Hawker 800A and a GV were involved in a runway incursion at Teterboro Airport while ground control training was in progress. The Hawker, ECJ Flight 81, landed on Runway 6 and was told by the certified local controller in the tower to “turn left at Taxiway Bravo if able, cross [Runway] One, contact ground.”

March 3, 2008 - 5:34am

Piaggio Avanti, Battle Mountain, Nev., Dec. 7, 2007–After landing on a wet runway at Battle Mountain, the pilot engaged the nosewheel steering just below 60 knots indicated, and the airplane veered left. It turned 180 degrees and slid backward, running off the runway. The right main gear collapsed and the airplane was substantially damaged. No mechanical anomalies were found.