Switzerland’s Crossair suffered its second fatal accident in less than two years on November 24, when one of the regional airline’s Avro RJ100s crashed into a wooded area on approach to Zurich Airport, killing 24 of the 33 on board. Flight LX3597, en route from Berlin, went down during a snow shower shortly after 10 p.m., some two miles short of Zurich’s 8,200-ft Runway 28.
Aviation International News » October 2001
Avolar, the newly formed business aviation subsidiary of UAL Corp., reached an agreement with Airbus to market and/or manage, but not buy, up to 15 Airbus Corporate Jetliners under a program to be operated separately from Avolar’s fractional-ownership program for smaller business jets. Terms also permit Avolar customers to purchase an ACJ. The executive twinjets will be crewed by mainline United Airlines pilots.
The UK’s BAE Systems has scrapped the RJX regional jet program and will shut down all future RJ production after it finishes four airplanes currently in production. BAE said the company had orders for only 14 RJXs and that an already poor market exacerbated by the events of September 11 would mean losing money on every RJ sold. The company emphasized it will continue to provide support for all customer BAE RJs.
The FAA and Transport Canada have certified the $450,000 Head-up Flight Display System (HFDS) developed by Thales Avionics of France as an option on Bombardier’s Global Express. The HFDS allows crews to make approaches and landings to Cat II minimums and provides guidance during all phases of flight, as well as recovery from unusual attitudes.
A General Electric spokesman confirmed the sale of its Garrett Santa Barbara completion center to Yankee Pacific and WestCap Partners Private Equity Fund. The deal is expected to close by the end of the month. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based facility delivered the second of two Boeing Business Jet completions this year and has a contract with Bombardier for a series of Global Express completions.
Last month the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for an election to allow the pilots at fractional aircraft operator Raytheon Travel Air to vote for union representation. If it is verified that 35 percent or more of RTA pilots have requested an election, it will be so ordered. The only fractional pilots now unionized are those flying for NetJets, who belong to IBT Local 284.
A “smart” security identification card that can be used by aircraft passengers and another that would be used by flight crews, aviation employees and student pilots will undergo a 90-day proof-of-concept test–beginning on or about January 1–in a partnership among the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Executive Jet Aviation, Signature Flight Support and FlightSafety International.
Dassault Falcon Jet describes its new 5,700-nm, $35+ million Falcon 7X three-engine business jet as providing 30 percent more range and 20 percent more cabin space at a 10 percent higher price than the 900EX. This positions the new airplane in the range and price market between its own 900EX, the Gulfstream IV-SP and the newly announced Global 5000 on one side and the GV and Global Express on the other.
Almost three months after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, people still talk–perhaps now more wistfully than hopefully–about “when things return to normal.” But as a high-level FAA official posed recently, “How are we going to define the new normal?”
MITSUBISHI MU-2, LEWISTON, IDAHO, FEB. 11, 2000–“The pilot failed to follow the flight manual procedures and did not engage the continuous ignition system, resulting in both engines flaming out when ice blocked the air induction system.