Human Interest

November 12, 2007 - 6:26am

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November 11, 2007 - 7:13pm

Hawker Beechcraft has certified a longer-range version of the venerable King Air 350 twin-turboprop, an airplane that can stay aloft longer than eight hours and boasts an IFR range of 2,570 nm, some 700 nm farther than the standard model.

November 6, 2007 - 6:57am

Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Chattanooga, Tenn., Sept. 20, 2007–No one was killed when the King Air, on final for Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, lost power and crashed into a utility pole in a shopping center parking lot a half mile from the runway. The airplane was destroyed.

November 6, 2007 - 2:53am

King Aerospace has launched what it calls the “Ultra VVIP Customization Program,” which will expand the Ardmore, Okla. shop’s capabilities well beyond its traditional midsize and large business jet refurbishment market. King was formed 14 years ago by Jerry King-Echevarria, who had previous experience with bizliner cabin refurbishment and completion work at Associated Air Center.

November 5, 2007 - 10:52am

King Aerospace has launched what it calls the “Ultra VVIP Customization Program,” which will expand the Ardmore, Okla. shop’s capabilities well beyond its traditional midsize and large business jet refurbishment market. King was formed 14 years ago by Jerry King-Echevarria, who had previous experience with bizliner cabin refurbishment and completion work at Associated Air Center.

November 5, 2007 - 10:20am

Transport Canada (TC) has issued an Urgent Airworthiness Directive that calls for the inspection of certain tail-rotor components. The directive covers eight Bell Helicopter alert service bulletins for the 206, 222, 230, 407, 427 and 430.

TC identified the concern as “Balance weights departing from the tail-rotor blades during flight. The cause has been narrowed down to missing weight screws. This failure can happen at any time.”

November 5, 2007 - 6:34am

West Star Aviation is the new official moniker for Premier/West Star and all its affiliated locations, bringing back a name that had been used for more than a decade starting in the 1980s. The circuitous route the company has taken since then provides insight into the reasons the name is back: Premier Air Center in East Alton, Ill., bought West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2004.

November 2, 2007 - 7:21am

In contrast to its primary competitors, Raytheon Aircraft posted an increase in deliveries of its turbine business airplanes. In the third quarter, Raytheon shipped 39 Hawkers, Beechjets, Premier Is and King Airs, compared with 32 in the same period last year. In the nine months ending September 30, Raytheon delivered 105 jets and turboprops vs 99 last year.

November 2, 2007 - 7:18am

Gulfstream reported delivering 19 jets in the third quarter, two more than the same period last year. But for the nine months ending September 30, Gulfstream delivered 53 aircraft this year versus 68 last year and 76 in 2001. Gulfstream projects it will deliver 50 large aircraft (G300 and above) this year. The company delivered 85 aircraft last year and 101 in 2001.

October 16, 2007 - 7:07am

Dr. Sam Williams, chairman and CEO of engine manufacturer Williams International, is this year’s recipient of the NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation.

 
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