Since Sabreliner performed the first C-21A Learjet Phase 16 inspection for the U.S. Air Force in 2001, the company has cycled 100 of the military version of the Learjet 35A through its Perryville, Mo. facilities, and all were delivered on time and on budget. The inspections were a combination of Phase 16, equivalent to the 12,000-hour inspection on civil Learjets, and Phase 14, the same as the Learjet 12-year inspection.
As unveilings go, it wasn’t in the quite same category as Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction.” But on the other hand, displaying a new engine cowling isn’t going to get the FCC coming down on you, and the folks at DynCorp International in Fort Worth and Temsco Helicopters of Ketchikan, Alaska, seemed happy with it.
DynCorp International and Temsco Helicopters have scheduled a 12:30 p.m. press conference today to announce their partnership to install and certify the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67D turboshaft engine on the Bell 205A-1.