Carson Helicopters of Perkasie, Pa., has been granted FAA certification for new main rotor blades for the Sikorsky S-61. The design incorporates two airfoils and 12 degrees of twist, giving the venerable Sikorsky workhorse 2,000 pounds more lift in a hover and adding 15 knots to the cruise speed compared with the standard metal blades at the same power settings. Carson has signed a contract with NASA for exclusive use of the airfoils.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A90, Wallkill, N.Y., July 27, 2007–The “very hard” landing of the King Air, breaking off the right main gear, was caused by the pilot’s improper flare, the NTSB concluded. The pilot had overflown the airport and saw no indication of wind speed or direction. The King Air flew over trees, then “dropped down” on approach “a little fast, and had a very hard landing.” There were no injuries.
Bombardier Global 5000, Nova Scotia, Canada, Nov. 11, 2007–The three-week-old Global 5000 was carrying its owner, the cofounder of the Tim Horton’s restaurant chain, and seven other passengers when it landed short at a resort community’s private airstrip.
AgustaWestland announced it has successfully completed flight testing of the new-generation BERP IV main rotor blades on the AW-101 (née EH-101). They will enter service early this year on the British Royal Air Force fleet of AW-101 Merlins. The blades are offered as an option on new helicopters or available for retrofit.
Raytheon Aircraft has awarded Montreal’s Innotech Aviation Gold Bar status for service center excellence for Hawkers and King Airs. The award recognizes superior achievement in four major areas of product support: spares availability, tools and tooling, training and library currency. Innotech achieved an overall rating of 95 percent
in each area.
Everett, Wash.-based BLR Aerospace late last week received two record-breaking sales for its King Air winglet systems from Elliott Aviation and Cutter Aviation. Both companies placed separate 90-shipset orders, effectively consuming BLR’s entire production capacity of King Air winglets for the next two years.
Premier Air Center, a maintenance specialist and full-service FBO at St. Louis Regional Airport, East Alton, Ill., has acquired West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo. (GJT). The deal also includes West Star Avionics of Hiawatha, Iowa. The West Star FBO at GJT is a keystone in the ski-country marketplace.
The AMTSociety has joined forces with Northrop Rice Foundation to generate scholarships for aviation maintenance-related education. Under the agreement, Northrop will administer the funds to be applied toward AMTScholarship awards.
Spotted what you think could be a UFO? Don’t call the FAA. Instead, contact the National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS). A recent amendment to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) states, “NIDS is the single point of contact recognized by the FAA in regard to UFO information.
Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft reported third-quarter pre-tax profits of $62.1 million and quarterly aircraft sales of $871 million, resulting in a backlog of $5.2 billion. The company delivered 75 business airplanes (10 Hawker 850XPs, eight 900XPs, 12 400XPs, five Premier IAs and 40 King Airs) in the third quarter, up slightly from the 72 business turboprops and jets shipped in the same period last year.