Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Henderson, Nev., March 22, 2009–The twin turboprop, operated by Southern Nevada Jet Charter, collided with a tree while taxiing after a dusk landing at Henderson Executive Airport.
Aviation International News » October 2009
Bell 206B, Nokomis, Fla., Sept. 11, 2007– The helicopter was destroyed when it crashed into the ocean offshore of Nokomis around 10 a.m., while serving as an aerial photography platform. The pilot received serious injuries and the two passengers were killed in the accident.
BBA Aviation has named Peg Billson, formerly COO of Eclipse Aviation, president of BBA Aviation Legacy Support/Ontic. She replaces Jim Gerwien, who has left
Danny Farnham has been named president of St. Louis-based MRO and completions specialist JetCorp Technical Services. Previously he was v-p of completions for Midcoast Aviation.
High-speed aircraft (Hisac), a European research project to study the feasibility of a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), is coming to a close at the end of this year, having shown better understanding of the achievable performance but without an answer to the big question mark on engines. Dassault has led the program, which counts Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica and Russia’s Sukhoi among its other major stakeholders.
The recession has put the spike to some major new jet development programs, delayed others and shuttered some undercapitalized aircraft companies altogether.
On a Sept. 15, 2006 flight from Alicante, Spain, to Bristol, England, the captain of an Airbus A319 lost all his displays, auto-pilot and autothrust over Nantes, France. He handed control over to the copilot, who had all his displays, except the flight director, and would need to hand-fly using raw data. The commander tried to make contact with Brest Control using all radio facilities, but with no success.
The NTSB issued recommendations that the FAA revise birdstrike certification requirements and more carefully monitor charter operators following the Board’s determination of the probable cause of a birdstrike crash in Oklahoma City last year. The crash occurred on March 4, 2008, about two minutes after a Cessna Citation 500 registered to Southwest Orthopedic & Sports Medicine took off from Wiley Post Airport.
Citing a combination of specific business challenges, market conditions and capital scarcity, the three leading single-engine VLJ contenders–Cirrus, Diamond and Piper–have either implicitly or explicitly moved their development and delivery schedules decidedly to the right.
Despite the recession, a significant number of new aircraft programs remain largely on track. OEMs such as Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer and Gulfstream all appear to be staying close to their development schedules while Hawker Beechcraft has pushed back the Premier II until 2012 (from 2010). Newcomers Honda and Spectrum appear to have suffered some minor slippage, sending the earliest deliveries of those aircraft into 2011.