One of the pilots keyed the microphone and shouted, “Brakes, brakes!” shortly before the Careflight Learjet 25 he was in went off the end of the runway and crashed, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report of the August 30 accident. The accident killed one passenger and seriously injured the pilots, a flight nurse and another passenger.
Aviation International News » October 2002
It will probably be another six months before the FAA issues its final rule to regulate fractional aircraft ownership operations under new Part 91 Subpart K and to amend existing Part 135 rules for on-demand charter flights. The comment period for the proposed rule ended in November last year, but the FAA only just signed off last month on the final version and sent it to the DOT.
A scheduled meeting on October 24 between Eclipse Aviation and the JAA will mark the first step of the European certification process for the Eclipse 500 superlight jet. “This meeting will be an informal one,” a source at the French civil aviation authorities told AIN. The first official action will be Eclipse’s application for JAA certification.
Among all the factors that influence a buyer’s decision to purchase one business jet over another, brand loyalty is well recognized as one of the strongest. Citation owners, looking to replace or add another steed to their stables, usually buy another Citation. Falcon owners, for the most part, buy another Falcon. And Gulfstream owners generally buy Gulfstreams.
The FAA has granted dozens of Part 135 (and a few Part 121) petitioners permission to operate without being equipped with required mode-S transponders. The agency has been flooded with petitions for exemption since the requirement–FAR 135.142(c)– was put into effect in January. Cost and justification are the common thread cited by most petitioners. The FAA declined to comment.
Not long ago, Raytheon Co. had to defend its standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars) against criticism by the DOT inspector general and the union that represents FAA employees who maintain ATC equipment (AIN, July, page 103).
Group RVSM approval for Falcon 10/100s equipped with the original Collins autopilot is expected to be completed early next year. Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., recently received certification for the installation of RVSM altimetry equipment, IS&S air data display units and a Rockwell Collins ADC-87 air data computer. The RVSM package, not including height-monitoring flights, is expected to cost about $125,000.
Will Cessna’s newly announced Mustang light jet spur Piper to action? Though the company has contemplated introducing a jet for years, the official answer is still “no immediate plans for a turbofan.” But at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month, Piper president Chuck Suma said the Mustang “validates that segment of the market,” and could lure investors to back Piper in such a project.
AirCell’s AGT.02 airborne cellular telecommunications system has been certified for use on the Beech Premier I. The AirCell option provides Premier I customers with full-time telephone, fax, e-mail and Internet access capabilities to and from the aircraft. The system will be available as a factory option by year-end.
FBO Ireland started business jet handling at Dublin Airport last month, operating out of the main terminal. The Shannon-based group is now negotiating to open a new executive facility at Dublin. Next month, FBO Ireland is scheduled to start business aircraft handling at Ireland’s Cork Airport.