Sikorsky Aircraft has successfully ground tested fly-by-wire (FBW) technology that will debut on 28 H-92s slated for delivery in 2009 to Canadian military forces. The H-92 is the military variant of the S-92. Sikorsky partnered with BAE Systems to develop the FBW system.
Several French-based companies, universities and local authorities have joined forces in a project to reduce helicopter support costs by 30 percent. Thirteen small firms, all located around Montauban, near Toulouse, are participating in the $14 million Helimaintenance project.
Jean-Paul Herteman has been named chairman and CEO of the Safran supervisory board. He succeeds Jean-Paul Béchat, whose term expired on September 2. In addition, Jean-Paul Ebanga is replacing Michel Dechelotte as chairman and CEO of PowerJet, a subsidiary of Safran’s Snecma.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Decatur, Ill., Sept. 29, 2004 – The commercial pilot’s inadequate preflight preparation was to blame for the Planemasters cargo flight’s taking off at night from a closed runway and hitting a runway barricade, according to the NTSB.
Cessna Citation 550, Marathon, Fla., July 22, 2006 – The NTSB has concluded that the separation of the stud securing the main landing gear actuator assembly side brace to the main landing gear outer cylinder caused the landing gear to collapse.
Swearingen SA-226-TC Metro, Paris, Tenn., Feb. 8, 2006 – The Tri-Coastal Airlines Metro cargo flight, en route from Dayton, Ohio, to Harlingen, Texas, crashed near Paris, Tenn., in an 80-degree nose-down, nearly vertical attitude.
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