National Aerospace Laboratories Saras, Bangalore, India, March 6, 2009–The number-two prototype of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-powered Saras crashed on its 49th test flight, killing three test pilots. The Indian National Aerospace Laboratories expects to certify the 14-seat Saras next year.
Aviation International News » May 2009
Bombardier Learjet 55, Casper, Wyo., March 17, 2009–The Learjet 55, registered to Sunwest Aviation of Calgary, Alberta, aborted its takeoff from Natrona County International Airport when the tower controller said he thought he saw smoke coming from the left engine. The flight crew taxied to a taxiway, did a runup with no problem and was cleared for a second takeoff.
Bell 206L-4 LongRanger, Moundridge, Kan., March 8, 2009–The commercial pilot, the only occupant, was killed when the LongRanger crashed into a wheat field after a nearby resident heard the helicopter’s “engine rev to a high rpm” twice followed by two to three “thump” or “hump” sounds.
Eurocopter AS 332-L2 Super Puma, off Crimond, Scotland, April 1, 2009–A Bond Offshore Super Puma crashed in the North Sea while transporting offshore oil workers. The helicopter went down 35 miles east of Crimond, killing all 16 people on board. The pilot radioed a Mayday before the crash. The accident followed the nonfatal ditching of a Bond Offshore EC 225 Super Puma in the North Sea on February 18.
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante, Santo António, Brazil, Feb. 7, 2009–The Manaus Aerotáxi Bandeirante passenger flight encountered heavy rain and crashed into a river. The crew of two and 22 of the 26 passengers died. The four surviving passengers said one of the engines failed. The maximum number of passenger seats in a Bandeirante is 19; eight of the passengers were “small” children.
Eurocopter AS 350BA, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 5, 2009–The Makani Kai Helicopters chartered AS 350 was transporting a worker to an antenna on top of a ridge when it lost power 10 feet from the landing spot and made an emergency landing. The commercial pilot maneuvered the helicopter to roll over on its right side so it wouldn’t slide down the steep slope. No one was injured, but the aircraft suffered substantial damage.
Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (CASA) C-212-CC, Kotzebue, Alaska, Feb. 14, 2009– The Arctic Transportation Services cargo aircraft crashed half a mile from Kotzebue Airport and was substantially damaged. The ATP-rated pilot and copilot were not injured.
Hawker Beechcraft has tapped industry veteran Bill Boisture, Jr. as its new chairman and CEO, succeeding Jim Schuster, who announced his pending retirement in November after eight years at the helm of the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) has named Lou Seno its new president. He has three decades of aircraft financing experience and previously was a senior manager at Boeing Capital’s and GE Capital Solutions’ business aviation units.
he Obama Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2010 defense budget ends funding for the controversial Presidential helicopter replacement program, the cost of which had ballooned to $13 billion for 28 VH-71 Kestrels. The VH-71 was based on a highly modified version of the three-engine AgustaWestland EH101, with Lockheed Martin serving as the prime contractor and system integrator and Bell as a maintenance subcontractor.