Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Lake Michigan, Mich., April 7, 2007–The Mesa Airlines CRJ was substantially damaged when the thrust reverser translating cowling broke off the left engine during cruise and struck the horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
Cessna Citation 550, Rifle, Colo., May 29, 2007–Citation N575BW, landing at Garfield County Regional Airport, overran the runway, in an accident similar to one on March 23, when a Dassault Falcon 900 slid off the Rifle runway.
Eurocopter AS 350B3, San Elizario, Texas, May 22, 2007–The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Operations AS 350 was destroyed when it crashed after a loss of control while maneuvering on a routine border patrol mission.
The Solar Impulse has made significant progress toward its goal of being the first solar-powered aircraft to fly at night. Led by psychiatrist and accomplished aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, the team began construction of the 200-foot-wingspan prototype in late April.
Eurocopter announced recently that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the EC 145 for civil night-vision goggle (NVG) operations, and in doing so, according to Eurocopter, making it the first OEM to offer commercial helicopter NVG capabilities from the factory.
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