The AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor passed another milestone on the road to certification by completing autorotation testing at AgustaWestland’s Arlington, Texas facility over the course of 10 flight hours in March and early April. Test aircraft Number 1 made more than 70 power-off conversions from airplane to helicopter mode.
“Birdbrain…” It’s more an insult to our feathered brethren than to the human deemed short on intellect.
Pilatus PC-12, Colonie, N.Y., July 16, 2010–The turboprop single, operated by Alpha Flying PlaneSense on a flight from Chicago Executive Airport to Westchester County Airport, was forced to make an emergency landing at Albany International Airport when its engine failed 12 miles south of the airport. The two-person flight crew was able to glide the PC-12 to the airport and make a successful power-off landing.
Transport Canada (TC) fined Montreal-based Air Transat, the country’s largest charter airline, C$250,000 ($160,500) for improper maintenance on the Airbus A330-200 that glided to a safe landing in the Azores during a nighttime transatlantic crossing on August 24.
As Pilatus was celebrating the worldwide fleet of more than 500 Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67B-powered PC-12s surpassing one million flight hours, the engine manufacturer was working with the fuel control unit (FCU) supplier to obtain approval for an improved pneumatic system. P&WC expects to have an upgrade plan in place before the end of this month.
Pilatus Aircraft is working with engine supplier Pratt & Whitney Canada and Woodward Governor of Rockford, Ill., to roll out an “aggressive campaign” to retrofit the entire fleet of more than 500 PC-12s with improved fuel control units (FCUs).
A Pilatus PC-12 that lost power at an altitude of about 6,000 feet made a deadstick landing December 14 on four-lane Highway 933 North in the midst of a commercial area of Roseland, Ind., about three miles east of South Bend Airport. The turboprop single, with a pilot and four passengers aboard, was damaged when it clipped a utility pole, but no one was hurt in the incident.
A University of North Dakota (UND) Cessna Citation II icing research aircraft made a successful deadstick landing near Beaver, Alaska, about 70 miles north of Fairbanks, after both engines lost power on September 30. In IMC at 9,200 feet, the Citation accumulated about seven-eighths of an inch of ice on the wing’s leading edge.