Later this year Bell Helicopter will deliver its last JetRanger, a 206B3. According to a company spokeswoman, Bell decided “to stop production on the 206B JetRanger in the first quarter in response to shifting market demands.” Bell will continue to manufacture the stretched version of the helicopter, the LongRanger 206L4.
Australia’s Hawker Pacific has begun modifications to a Hornbill Skyways Beechcraft King Air B200GT at its Bankstown Airport facility on the outskirts of Sydney. The aircraft is the first B200GT to be delivered to a customer in the Asia Pacific region.
The Malaysian government’s decision to ground a fleet of helicopters belonging
to state-owned operator Hornbill Skyways has disrupted life in Sarawak, Borneo. The Malaysian government issued the order at the beginning of last month, after Sarawak’s second helicopter accident in two months claimed the lives of four people on board a Hornbill Bell 206 JetRanger.
BELL 206B JETRANGER, MESA, ARIZ., JUNE 24, 2004–While maneuvering on a trailer at Falcon Field, JetRanger N97AZ hooked a skid on the underside of the trailer, causing the helicopter to flip over and crash. Operated by Arizona Helicopter Adventures, the rotorcraft was destroyed and the sole occupant pilot was killed.
Bell 206L4 LongRanger, Balaga, Sarawak, Malaysia, July 25, 2005–At about 10:45 a.m. local time, Malaysian-registered Bell 206L4 LongRanger 9M-BCT crashed in mountainous terrain north of Balaga, Malaysia. The helicopter, registered to Hornbill Skyways, was operating as a VFR aerial observation flight. The commercial-rated pilot and one passenger were killed, a second passenger was seriously injured and a third passenger was missing.