Quest Aircraft’s Kodiak turboprop single, which last month neared 100 flight hours, started FAA flight testing in late March. The Sandpoint, Idaho-based company also said the 10-seat airplane has successfully flown at all corners of its c.g. envelope and the projected stall speeds have been validated.
Aviation International News » May 2005
The Eclipse 500 program continued to gain steam last month with the successful first flights of the second (N502EA) and third (N504EA) certification flight-test aircraft. They join N503EA, the first Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F-powered Eclipse 500, which has been flying since December 31.
Peter Mauer, president of Diamond Aircraft’s North American division, last month said components of the single-engine Diamond D-Jet were taking shape in anticipation of an October first flight. At press time, the fuselage, wing spars and skins, and vertical fin and horizontal tail for the first nonconforming prototype were complete at Diamond’s Wiener Neustadt, Austria headquarters.
Don’t expect to see Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) parachutes on the first crop of very light jets. The Minnesota company, which makes the parachutes for the Cirrus line of piston singles, received a $600,000 grant in 2003 to study the possibility of such parachutes, but the two-year program did not yield a marketable product.
In its determination of probable cause, the NTSB implicated a history of stability issues at high Mach speeds in the April 26, 2003, crash of Sino Swearingen’s number-one SJ30-2 prototype. Company test pilot Carroll Beeler was killed in the accident.
A Cessna 560 Citation V, registered HB-VLV and operated by Eagle Air of Bern, Switzerland, crashed on takeoff at Zurich Airport on Dec. 20, 2001, on a freezing cold night. The aircraft burned and both pilots–the only occupants–were killed. In its final report published on March 17, the Swiss Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BFU) lists pilot error as the main cause, but also points to other factors that contributed to the accident.
In his producing and directing debut, Brian Terwilliger wanted to make an epic movie about the romance of flying, of all things. So he decided to film a 90-minute flick called One Six Right, a documentary about the passion for flying at the world’s busiest general aviation airport, Van Nuys Airport (VNY), California.
Aviation security, fiscal policy and career-building strategies were among high-priority items on the agenda at the Women in Aviation International (WAI) Conference, held from March 10 to 12 in Dallas. Though the occasion marked the 16th annual such conference devoted to recognizing and motivating women in aviation career fields, the 2,600 men and women who attended the conference celebrated the 10th anniversary of the organization.
Aware that its aircraft owners and operators have been growing increasingly dissatisfied with product support and service in recent years, Canadian business jet manufacturer Bombardier has launched a major initiative it says will remedy the problem. The solution, including restructuring, expansion and training, began about 18 months ago, said Dave Orcutt, v-p of customer support for business aircraft.
The FAA has issued a final rule establishing a class of “quiet technology” aircraft to fly commercial tours over Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). The rule requires no action by commercial air-tour operators; it simply identifies specific aircraft that qualify for the GCNP quiet-aircraft-technology designation.