Hawker 700A, Teterboro, N.J., March 8, 2005–At about 10 p.m. EST, Hawker N703TS sustained minor damage while landing at Teterboro Airport (TEB). No one was injured. The pilot instructed the copilot to lower flaps 15 degrees during the approach, about 30 miles from the airport. He requested 25 degrees on a right downwind for Runway 1.
Michael Griffin reported to work late last month as the 11th administrator of NASA. By his own admission, Griffin will be “spending a good deal of my time reviewing our progress toward returning the space shuttle safely to flight,” so it remains to be seen if his experience as a flight instructor and instrument-rated multi-engine pilot will result in a renewed emphasis on aeronautics research.
Beech King Air 200, Bay View, Texas, Dec. 10, 2004–The ATP pilot’s failure to maintain directional control as a result of his improper runway selection was blamed for the Charter One King Air’s crash into trees on takeoff from Rancho Buena Vista Airport. The right quartering 14-knot tailwind was a contributing factor. The runway was a 3,500-foot grass strip.
Quiet Technology Aerospace (QTA) continues to install Gulfstream II and III Stage 3 hush kits at the rate of about one per month since being certified. The Opa Locka, Fla., company received an STC for the hush kit in January 2003 and expected to deliver its 20th completed aircraft last month.
Beech King Air 200, Bay View, Texas, Dec. 10, 2004–Losing control during takeoff from the Rancho Buena Vista Airport, the Charter One King Air crashed into trees.
Raytheon Aircraft brought a completed Hawker Horizon to Geneva for the first time. Full FAA certification of the super-midsize jet is expected by the end of this summer and EASA approval next year. The Wichita OEM has firm orders for 32 Horizons, and a soon-to-be-finalized firm order from NetJets for 30 aircraft and options on another 20.
Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) has introduced the “Aeronautics Research and Development Revitalization Act of 2005” to reinvigorate the nation’s aeronautics research program. According to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), NASA aeronautics funding has declined over the past 12 fiscal years from a high of $1.54 billion in Fiscal Year 1994 to $852.3 million as requested in President Bush’s FY2006 budget.
After some six years of development, Stage III Technologies is ready to start installing its FAR Part 36 Stage 3 combined hush kit/thrust reverser for the Gulfstream II, IIB and III. The La Jolla, Calif.-based company received FAA certification of the hush kit in November and an STC for the complete hush kit/reverser system in mid-May.
The Schleicher sailplane that collided with a NetJets Hawker 800XP at about 16,000 feet near Smith, Nev., on August 28 was equipped with a transponder but it was not turned on. Transponder activation is not required for glider operations below 18,000 feet msl and outside controlled airspace.
Smartsoft recently released Flight WTK 2.1, a new version of weight-and-balance software for cellphones that support Java scripts. The software performs both helicopter and airplane weight-and-balance calculations, and users can either download data for their aircraft model or manually input aircraft data. In addition, the $59.95 Smartsoft software can calculate runway crosswind and headwind components.