RAYTHEON BEECH 1900D, SEPT-ILES, QUEBEC, AUG. 12, 1999–Two passengers and the first officer escaped from the wreckage of the Regionnair-operated turboprop, which crashed one mile short of its destination. The captain was killed in the accident. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) concluded its investigation into Regionnair’s second crash in 1999, citing fatigue, poor judgment and corporate culture as factors.
Ground proximity warning system
In a welcomed shift in policy, business aircraft operators may now forego the STC process when installing class-B terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS). That was the word handed down by the FAA’s certification branch to FSDOs recently, published as a flight standards airworthiness bulletin (FSAW 02-03A) directed to avionics safety inspectors.
L-3 Avionics Systems, the former Goodrich subsidiary that produces the well known Stormscope and Skywatch lines of cockpit safety systems, last month introduced a new class-B terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) that the company said will have a list price of $12,500.
Cessna last month released class-A terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) service bulletins covering installation of Honeywell’s EGPWS in a variety of Citation models spanning the 525 Citation CJ; 550 Bravo; 560 Ultra; and 550 Citation II. Cessna also announced that service bulletins for Sandel’s class-B TAWS will be available later this month for all Citation Model 500s in service.
Universal Avionics of Tucson, Ariz., has been quietly strengthening its foothold in the cockpit retrofit market, branching out with a variety of available upgrades based on the company’s flat-panel display technology.
Showing signs that it is getting back on a solid footing after nearly being KO’d by an ugly patent lawsuit, Sandel Avionics announced that three regional airlines have chosen its ST3400 terrain awareness and warning system to provide TAWS compliance for their Beech 1900 fleets.
The typical business airplane at different points in its lifetime will receive overhauled engines, a refurbished interior and more than a few coats of fresh paint, along with a host of required periodic maintenance checks and upgrades, all of which constitute the obligatory costs of operating a business jet or turboprop.
In the fall, CAE SimuFlite is scheduled to have its first Citation X simulator ready for initial and recurrent pilot and mechanic training. The FAA level-D simulator, installed at SimuFlite’s Dallas facility, is equipped with a Honeywell SPZ-7600 digital autoflight control system, Universal UNS-1D flight management system with GPS, Enhanced GPWS, TCAS II and moving-map display.
New tools exist to prevent those accidents that most worry safety experts.
Air Methods’ products division has received an STC for its Eurocopter EC 135 single-pilot IFR avionics package and plans to make it available on the EC 145. The installation features a new instrument panel and glareshield.