It seems as though every big city has an aviation museum, and I have visited many of them during my travels. As wonderful as these museums are, seeing perfectly restored aircraft in far better condition than anything that ever rolled off an assembly line makes me long for something unique.
Fairchild Aircraft Ltd.
Professional Aircraft Accessories has begun construction of a 20,000-sq-ft expansion. The $2 million project is expected to be completed by next summer and will bring the company’s overall facility to 60,000 sq ft “We are bucking the economic trend,” Robert Bial, president of the Titusville, Fla.-based company, told AIN. “We were one of six companies Greenwich AeroGroup bought two years ago from Fairchild. We put together a good business plan that includes operations in business aviation, commercial aerospace and the military.
Fairchild SA-227-AC, Carlsbad, N.M., Aug. 31, 2008–The NTSB determined that the McNeely Charter Service Metro turboprop lost its door in flight because the door failed to remain secure for undetermined reasons. The captain, a 12,250-hour ATP with 5,200 hours in make and model, said he secured the door normally but couldn’t remember whether he saw that it was closed.
Fairchild Dornier on December 20 sold its Airbus components manufacturing and general maintenance businesses to Switzerland’s RUAG Aerospace after weeks of intense competition between the Swiss firm and the Russian partnership of Irkutsk Aircraft Works and Basic Element.