Although heartened by the turnout at last month’s Regional Airline Association Convention, held May 18 to 21 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, the RAA could do nothing to lift the pall that the NTSB hearings on the February 12 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 and the generally gloomy economic environment would cast over the annual event.
Bombardier Dash 8
Economic times may be tough, but it’s never a good time for operators to fail to invest in safety. This was the message that Bombardier Aerospace sent here in Geneva yesterday when, for the third successive year, it staged the European edition of its long-running Safety Standdown.
Trans States Holdings president and COO Rick Leach has seen his company through rough patches in the past, and he has helped the RAA tackle “challenges” of many sorts from his position as an association board member. But as this year’s RAA chairman, Leach finds himself presented with a rare opportunity–a chance make a tangible difference during a time of genuine economic upheaval.
First-quarter production activity essentially kept pace with last year’s rates at the major airliner manufacturers, as Boeing delivered 121 airplanes (compared with 115 in 1Q/08) and Airbus shipped 116 (compared with 123 in 1Q/08).
The UK’s Flybe has taken delivery of its 50th Bombardier Q400 airliner, equipped with the 1,000th installation of Ultra Electronics’ active noise control (ANC) system, the Canadian airframe maker announced today.
On the heels of a delivery ceremony of the third maritime surveillance aircraft for the Japan Coast Guard, Field Aviation announced a follow-on contract for another three Dash 8 Q300s for the same customer. The deal brings to a total contract order to eight aircraft.
South Korea’s Jeju Air has hired UK-based Airstream International Group to “re-market” its four in-service Bombardier Q400 turboprops along with a large spares package as the airline prepares to move to an all-Boeing 737-800 fleet.
The crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that killed 50 people outside Buffalo in February once again has the industry group that represents U.S. regional airlines fielding some familiar questions about the level of safety its members guarantee to the traveling public.
Preliminary airplane performance modeling and simulation conducted by the NTSB show that icing had a minimal effect on the stall speed of the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that crashed outside Buffalo on February 12, killing all 49 occupants and one person on the ground, the Safety Board said today.
South Korea’s Jeju Air has hired UK-based Airstream International Group to “re-market” its four in-service Bombardier Q400 turboprops along with a large spares package that includes engines as the airline prepares to move to an all-Boeing 737-800 fleet.