Last month, when rapper Sean “P. Diddy” Combs released a video on YouTube saying he was swearing off his jet because of the high cost of fuel, many non-fliers saw his complaint as another bit of over-the-top silliness from a world full of self-indulgent vanity. After all, the average person contending with high automotive gas prices could hardly feel sympathy for a rapper who can’t fly in a private jet.
Beechcraft Super King Air
Beech King Air 200C, Coffs Harbour Aerodrome, New South Wales, Australia, May 15, 2003–At 10:50 a.m. UTC, King Air VH-AMR’s left main landing gear separated after hitting the ocean during an instrument approach to Coffs Harbour Aerodrome in New South Wales. Royal Flying Doctor Service of Victoria, Australia, was operating the airplane under the provisions of Australian civil aviation regulations.
Central U.S. regional fractional provider Executive AirShare (EAS) last month signed an agreement to acquire 18 Embraer Phenom 100 delivery slots from Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair, which offers shares in Piaggio Avantis. EAS also has an option to buy Avantair’s two remaining Phenom 100 positions. EAS now has firm orders for 28 Embraer Phenom 100s and four Phenom 300s, with options on 12 more 100s and four more 300s.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Travis AFB, Calif., May 16, 2008–The accident was caused by the pilot’s inadvertently raising the King Air’s landing gear on landing, according to the NTSB. The pilot explained that the J-hook that locks in place over
the landing-gear handle was engaging and disengaging and he mistakenly raised the landing gear instead of the flaps.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Taylor, Texas, April 11, 2008–A mechanic was killed when he tried to enter the Alaro King Air with the engines running. Flight testing a new vertical speed indicator installation, the pilot heard a loud, high-pitched “screaming” sound. Returning to the airport, the pilot reported the sound to the mechanic, who wanted to board to troubleshoot the problem.
The Commuter Air Technology (CAT) NBAA ’02 exhibit (Booth No. 1460) emphasizes new additions and improvements for its Catpass King Air program. Sharon Thuell, president of the Scottsdale, Ariz. company, noted that Catpass stands for commuter air technology performance and safety systems.
As of press time, Raytheon Aircraft (RAC) chose not to comment on the effect on its Travel Air fractional-ownership program from the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A company spokesman did say that RAC had decided not to participate in the rescheduled NBAA Convention to be held in New Orleans on December 12, 13 and 14.
Australia’s Hawker Pacific has begun modifications to a Hornbill Skyways Beechcraft King Air B200GT at its Bankstown Airport facility on the outskirts of Sydney. The aircraft is the first B200GT to be delivered to a customer in the Asia Pacific region.
Paging the Austin Powers party of 11, your private jetprop is ready for boarding… Charter customers will be able to travel in the height of sixties style, and to the tune of a pair of whistling Rolls-Royce Darts burning 1,550 pph on average between them, when this 1969 Gulfstream I enters service soon with Volo Aviation, the operator managing the airplane for its owner (who wishes to remain anonymous but is “a private individual with
MOUNT GAMBIER, AUSTRALIA, DEC. 10, 2001–The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash of a King Air 200C (VH-FMN) that killed the pilot and seriously injured the flight nurse.