According to the Safety Board, on-demand Part 135 operations had the lowest number of accidents and fatal accidents last year compared with any other time in the past two decades. Part 135 operations reported 47 accidents, down from 58 in 2008, while fatalities also decreased to 17 in 2009 from 69 in 2008. Despite the lower flight activity last year, the on-demand accident rate decreased to 1.63 per 100,000 flight hours from 1.81 in 2008.
Aviation International News » May 2010
GE Aviation plans to create an Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research & Development Center near Dayton, Ohio, to research more-electric aircraft systems. The center, which will also explore other non-aviation uses of more-electric technology, is expected to open in 2012.
As news outlets such as USA Today picked up on ProPublica’s story on blocked aircraft registrations last month, NBAA stepped up to make a case for its Block
Early operators of Embraer’s $8.14 million Phenom 300 light jet are praising the aircraft’s speed, fuel efficiency, range and short landing distances, but they say it still has some teething issues that need to be resolved with regard to spurious crew alerting system (CAS) messages, full flaps, cabin seating and lavatory lighting. Embraer delivered the first U.S.-based Phenom 300 on December 31.
The NTSB is investigating a near-midair between a United Airlines Boeing 777 and a Cessna 182 over San Francisco on March 27. United Flight 889 was taking off from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and climbing per ATC to 3,000 feet. As the aircraft was climbing through 1,100 feet msl, the tower controller reported traffic at the 1 o’clock position, which was followed immediately by a TCAS traffic alert.
The first GE H80 turboprop engine recently began testing in a test cell at the GE Aviation Czech facility in Prague. According to GE, the 800-shp engine has met or exceeded all power ratings in multiple runs. A hot-section demo engine has also accumulated more than 4,500 cycles of “flawless performance,” GE said. EASA certification is expected mid-year.
Eclipse Aerospace started a program dubbed “Total Eclipse,” which allows customers to purchase final-configuration, pre-owned Eclipse 500s directly from the company. The upgraded aircraft are priced at $2.15 million each, with early buyers getting a guaranteed buy-back provision that “can be applied toward a first-year production slot when manufacturing resumes.”
About 30 people attended an Embraer Phenom owners and operators fly-in that was held in Naples, Fla., in late March. Representatives from Embraer and Garmin led a technical and operational seminar; CAE held an international operations discussion; and Luis Antonio Colarino, Embraer senior manager of executive jets customer support, presented an update on the Phenom 100 fleet, outstanding technical issues and optional avionics upgrades.
Honeywell won a $49 million contract to upgrade the National Weather Service’s ground-radar, wind-profiler network that will predict severe storms earlier and provide more accurate warnings of upcoming storms. Honeywell’s work on the production phase of the next-generation NOAA wind-profiler network includes upgrading the NOAA network of wind profilers that provide upper air wind data for crucial weather forecasting tasks.
NBAA believes higher fuel prices are here to stay, but its new white paper, “Ten Critical Strategies for Long-Term Fuel Savings,” provides business aircraft operators with steps for saving money on aircraft fuel bills. The association said there are plenty of opportunities for business aircraft operators to save fuel and reduce operating costs on the order of thousands of dollars annually.