Dassault Aviation’s grounding on May 26 of the entire 112-aircraft Falcon 7X fleet because of a runaway trim incident is extraordinary in many ways. (Dassault didn’t actually ground the 7X fleet, but it did ask the EASA to issue an emergency airworthiness directive; EASA, then the FAA, followed through quickly.)
Two events last month intensified the confrontation between LightSquared, a private U.S. communications company, and U.S. government and industry GPS interests.
One of my assignments here at AIN is compiling and editing the Accidents page for our flagship monthly magazine, Aviation International News. Each month I comb through reports on the NTSB website and others, looking for those accidents that I think will be of value and interest to our readers. Unfortunately, I cannot include them all because of space constraints.
The EASA today grounded the Dassault Falcon 7X, via an emergency Airworthiness Directive, following a runaway pitch trim event experienced in one of the trijets yesterday during descent. According to the EASA, the crew successfully recovered the aircraft to a stable flight profile and performed an uneventful landing.
Airbus Military is exploring an airborne early-warning and control version of the C295 tactical airlifter. A company-owned aircraft that has been modified with a six-meter-diameter dummy rotodome will start a three-month flight-test campaign next month.
Aviation Partners (Stand 674) of Seattle, Washington, said the first certified scimitar-tip blended winglets are now flying on a Hawker 800. The patented scimitar tip is an aerodynamic change to the tip cap of the existing blended winglet, providing an additional 0.5-percent drag reduction over the existing 7.3 percent at long-range cruise.
The past couple of years have not been the best of times for a would-be developer to sign deals with industrial partners and customer-users for a new supersonic business jet (SSBJ), but Aerion has been hanging in there and is now seeking to make subsonic aircraft aerodynamically slicker.
At the NBAA convention in October, Hawker Beechcraft announced the King Air 250, the predecessor to the King Air B200GT. Here at EBACE, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support made its first major King Air announcement, King Air 200GTR. Quite simply, this is the aftermarket upgrade of the 200GT that gives it the performance improvements of the King Air 250.
Hawker Beechcraft GCS also announced here at EBACE its development of an aftermarket retrofit kit for Hawker winglets on the Hawker 750. Emmanuel Muntmark with Monsson S.A. of Romania, is the launch customer for the modification. Bucharest-based Alfa Air flies Muntmark’s Hawker 750 for charter.