The FAA continues to investigate why the main entry door separated and fell from a Challenger 601-3R–registered as N207JB and owned by Medcp [sic] Aviation–as it was climbing through 3,000 feet after taking off from Opa-locka (Fla.) Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
Aerocon Engineering has developed for the Boeing 737-700, -800 and -900 a replacement forward airstair that the Van Nuys, Calif.-based company says is not only 50 percent lighter but also more reliable and requires less maintenance than the standard OEM equipment.
The new airstair is the culmination of a 24-month government contract. Aerocon CEO Benny Younesi expects an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) in the middle of this year, and production has already begun.
Independent cabin completion specialist Greenpoint Technologies (Booth No. 4345) is at NBAA in a big way with Aerolift and Aeroloft elevator and loft concepts for Boeing’s new 747-8.
The people at Greenpoint Technologies like a challenge, and two of their most recent contributions to the world of widebody completions are all that and more. The U.S. company now holds a patent on its 747-8 modular overhead space utilization project known as the Aeroloft.
Bombardier CRJ200, Tallahassee, Fla., March 1, 2009–The ASA Airlines regional jet had a cockpit fire after external power was applied as the airplane was being prepared for flight. The captain and a flight attendant, the only occupants, evacuated the airplane via an airstair without injuries. The fire department extinguished the fire after it had burned an 18-inch hole through the left upper cockpit crown skin.
Airfield performance in hot climates, operational independence and customization flexibility are principal factors behind a recent upsurge of interest in corporate versions of the British Aerospace 146 regional jet and its Avro RJ variant, according to the manufacturer.
With the first flight of A500 S/N 0001 on July 11, the centerline-thrust, six-seat piston twin is poised to begin flight testing leading to certification, expected in the middle of next year. Three more of the carbon-fiber airplanes will join the program as they are produced. The proof-of-concept aircraft, designated M309 and designed by Burt Rutan, began flying in March 2000 and logged more than 300 hr before being retired.
For all pilots and other crewmembers who have ever struggled across a windswept ramp loaded down with cabin supplies, Jet Systems/Avitat at Westchester County Airport (HPN), White Plains, N.Y., developed its “Galley Direct” van.
A recent innovation at Jet Systems/Avitat at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., is the customer commissary van. The commissary van is the brainchild of Jet Systems president Mike Dolphin, a veteran corporate pilot who recognized the need.
Gulfstream Aerospace has developed an airstair hoist system that provides easier access for business jet passengers who require a wheelchair or have difficulty climbing stairs. “When combined with an airline-approved wheelchair, the system enables the passenger to enter the aircraft via a platform that ascends the airstair, stopping at the entrance of the main cabin door.
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