Attempting to jump on the homeland-defense bandwagon, Aviation Technology Group at Denver Centennial Airport proposed earlier this year that its twin-engine, tandem two-seat “personal jet” could indeed perform military service as a subsonic (Mach 0.92) interceptor.
When Piper introduced the Meridian in 2001, it marked the return of the Vero Beach, Fla.-based manufacturer to the turboprop market and the end of a nine-year hiatus since the Cheyenne production line went quiet in 1992.
Duncan Aviation has appointed Scott Shefke as Bombardier Challenger technical representative. He will serve as the technical advisor to Challenger customers and Duncan Aviation’s Challenger teams. “In the last three years, our Challenger business has grown to a point where it became obvious we needed to support customers with a dedicated technical representative,” said Rich Baeder, Duncan’s vice president of aircraft and FBO services.
A one-time inspection is required to ensure that all installation fasteners are in place for the left and right aileron balance weights on Gulfstream Vs, in accordance with a September 26 AD (2003-18-11). Investigation of a GV that lost aileron control on final approach revealed that the outboard balance weight of the left aileron had detached and was wedged between the aileron and the rear beam of the wing.
Aviation Partners now expects to obtain an STC this month for its winglets for the Hawker 800 series. The project has been in the works for a couple of years. Failure to obtain certain OEM data and changes in FAA certification methods lengthened the STC process. According to CEO Joe Clark, “We recently started getting more assistance from Raytheon Aircraft.” Clark said a Hawker 800 with winglets will be on display at the NBAA Convention.
The new Raisbeck Learjet 35ZR will be introduced this month
One year after the death of former Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan in the crash of a Cessna 335, the NTSB released factual information in the continuing investigation. His son, Roger “Randy” Carnahan, who was flying the light twin, reported problems with his primary attitude indicator just five minutes after departure from St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS).
No customers have yet signed for Raisbeck Engineering’s Learjet 35ZR, a Learjet 35/36 performance-enhancement modification announced at last year’s NBAA Convention. Company CEO Jim Raisbeck said his team has completed all phases of the ZR program except for fabricating production tooling and conducting final flight testing required to obtain an STC.
Recent improvements and upgrades to the software that drives Chelton’s FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS have been keeping the company’s R&D engineering staff almost as busy as it was in the months leading to certification of the avionics system.
After a flurry of interest late in the last decade that appeared to lose momentum in the wake of 9/11, there is evidence that progress toward defining a supersonic business jet continues quietly.