At a ceremony Friday in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France, Dassault Aviation received type certification for the Falcon 7X from the EASA and the FAA. Pilot training began the same day at the new CAE facility in Morristown, N.J. The trijet is expected to enter service before the end of next month, about a year later than targeted when the aircraft was unveiled in October 2001. The 5,950-nm Falcon 7X accomplished many firsts, according to Dassault.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Patterson, La., March 14, 2006–The LongRanger’s loss of power during cruise, the NTSB said, was due to the improper installation of an engine fuel line fitting by maintenance personnel, which resulted in a loose fitting. The NTSB listed a tailwind and the lack of a suitable site for a forced landing as factors.
Supersonic Aerospace International of Las Vegas is still working with Lockheed Martin on the Quiet Small Supersonic Transport (QSST), the 4,000-nm, 12-passenger, Mach 1.8, no-boom supersonic business jet (SSBJ) that SAI announced at last year's NBAA Convention. According to company president J.
Mercury Computer Systems introduced two new class II-qualified electronic flight bag (EFB) systems targeting operators of larger aircraft. Mercury’s original VistaNav EFB class-I CIS-1000 is a tablet PC offering a 2-D or 3-D synthetic view of the outside world, including highway-in-the-sky approaches. The tablet receives wireless signals from a separate inertial navigation unit housing a WAAS GPS receiver and solid-state gyros.
According to the NTSB’s factual report of the March 16 ground collision at the Signature Flight Support ramp at Newark Liberty International Airport, a Boeing Business Jet started to taxi without ground assistance and then hit a GIV preparing to taxi with ground assistance. The Safety Board reported that, “according to an FAA inspector, ground personnel were in place to assist the Gulfstream for its taxi out of the ramp area.
SSBJ UPDATE: Elsewhere in this issue (“In The Works,” page 78) is word of Sukhoi’s continuing work on feasibility studies on the S-21, a supersonic business jet that, according to the company’s general director of civil aircraft, could not appear before 2010 or 2012.
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Keystone Helicopter, a West Chester, Pa.-based helicopter services company, announced that one of its employees, John Profico, is the recipient of the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.
HeliFlite Shares, which has its operations center at Alliance Airport in Texas, obtained its Part 135 charter certificate in February and last month added a pre-owned Sikorsky S-76 it bought from Jet Aviation to its fractional fleet of two Bell 430s that it operates in the New York City area.
The CTT Systems Zonal Comfort System has been ordered by Jet Aviation for a Boeing 767-300ER and is being installed as part of a major executive interior completion project by Jet Aviation’s Basel, Switzerland facility. The Swedish-built system is designed to maintain a 20-percent humidity level throughout the entire cabin without causing damaging “rain in the plane” condensation between the cabin walls and aircraft skin.