Mitsubishi Heavy Industries today announced that its board has issued authority to offer the proposed MRJ family of regional jets for sale to potential customers. It also revealed for the first time its decision to use an engine under development by Pratt & Whitney known as the Geared Turbofan and that it has entered discussions about collaboration with Boeing on the project.
Aviation International News » June 2002
MITSUBISHI MU-2B-35, CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO, APRIL 15, 2002–Shortly after 3 p.m., an MU-2 crashed into a car dealership west of San Juan. The sole-occupant ATP-rated pilot died in the crash. Crucian International Airlines was operating the airplane on a Part 91 positioning flight from Christiansted, Virgin Islands. The crash also killed one person on the ground and seriously injured two others.
SIKORSKY S-61A, DUNSMUIR, CALIF., MARCH 26, 2002–Visual meteorological conditions prevailed when the twin-engine helicopter hit terrain, killing the pilot and seriously injuring the copilot, both commercially rated. According to the investigator’s interview with the operator, Croman Corp. of White City, Ore., the pilot was maneuvering the helicopter in the area as part of a logging operation.
MITSUBISHI MU-300, ANDERSON, IND., MARCH 25, 2002–A Diamond operated by Corporate Flight Management sustained substantial damage during an overrun at Anderson Municipal-Darlington Field (AID). Both pilots and all four passengers escaped unharmed. The Part 135 on-demand air-taxi flight departed Memphis International Airport on an instrument flight plan; preliminary reports show the weather was IMC.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR B200, WERNADINGA STATION, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, SEPT. 4, 2000–Investigators were unable to find the cause of the pilot’s apparent hypoxia incapacitation.
RAYTHEON BEECH 1900D, SEPT-ILES, QUEBEC, AUG. 12, 1999–Two passengers and the first officer escaped from the wreckage of the Regionnair-operated turboprop, which crashed one mile short of its destination. The captain was killed in the accident. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) concluded its investigation into Regionnair’s second crash in 1999, citing fatigue, poor judgment and corporate culture as factors.
At first glance Chicago seems much like a handful of other large metropolitan cities–a pair of airline hubs surrounded by a smattering of general aviation reliever fields. But in Chicago’s case, the center of the airspace is O’Hare International Airport, the world’s busiest (909,530 operations last year). Chicago’s second hub, Midway, relinquished that same title to O’Hare in the 1960s.
Jimsair, which has been a fixture at San Diego International Airport (SAN) for more than half a century, is currently undergoing a $5 million facility refurbishment. The three-story construction project, accentuated by its sweeping wing-like roofline, is expected to be completed by year-end–in time for January’s Super Bowl. More than 300 visiting corporate jets are expected to crowd Jimsair’s ramp for the big game.
Tyler Jet founder and owner Tim Beverley believes that it’s smart business for pilots to back-load fuel rather than tanker with full loads from home base. The extra wear on engines, tires and brakes is only part of the reason for buying inexpensive fuel on the way home from a round-robin trip, rather than on the way out.
If you’re selling fuel at Kissimmee (Fla.) Airport, you’ve got a reason to smile. The first quarter of this year saw an aggregate increase of 26 percent in fuel sales compared with the same period last year. Vendors sold a total of 572,180 gal over the first three months, compared with 428,495 gal in that timeframe last year.