With the first flight of A500 S/N 0001 on July 11, the centerline-thrust, six-seat piston twin is poised to begin flight testing leading to certification, expected in the middle of next year. Three more of the carbon-fiber airplanes will join the program as they are produced. The proof-of-concept aircraft, designated M309 and designed by Burt Rutan, began flying in March 2000 and logged more than 300 hr before being retired.
Aviation International News » October 2002
When the going gets tough, marketing departments heat up their branding irons. Or so it seemed at the 55th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month. No fewer than three major business aircraft manufacturers announced new or reinvigorated brands for at least one of their offerings (see full stories elsewhere in this issue). The moves were as much a reaction to the wishy-washy U.S.
Top Raytheon Aircraft officials declined to comment directly on a recent Wall Street Journal article claiming the company has “suffered more setbacks than it has let on publicly, including rising costs, production problems and canceled orders” for its new Premier I.
Six pilots–all previously employed by the former fractional operator Raytheon Travel Air of Wichita before its March 21 merger with Flight Options of Cleveland–have filed two separate lawsuits alleging wrongful discharge from their jobs.
Published news reports and “numerous rumors” of the Ford flight department’s drastic downsizing are not only premature but false.
Jet Aviation has joined a growing number of Part 121 air carriers and Part 135 charter carriers offering more than just automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) as lifesaving equipment aboard their aircraft by signing a contract with Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT) to offer the Tempus 2000 aboard the aircraft it manages.
It is usually easier to find fault with a flight crew during an ensuing accident investigation than it was for the crew to make the right decisions instantly as the event unfolded. However, some accidents reveal procedural flaws that forge the first link in a chain of events long before a critical situation arises.
Almost all of the corporate aircraft manufacturers have now signed up for the new Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), to be held next spring in São Paulo, Brazil. Organizers are expecting 300 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors for the event, which has been rescheduled from January 16 to 18 to March 13 to 15.
“We are dedicated to expanding our worldwide Citation product network and doubling the capacity of our Cessna-owned service facilities during the next five years,” according to Cessna v-p of service facilities Jim Morgan.
The FAA will be looking for “very intensive” industry participation in a planned comprehensive review of the rules governing aircraft that operate under several FARs, including Parts 135 and 91.