Bell 407, Broadus, Texas, March 27, 2003–The NTSB said the probable cause of the 407 crash was “the partial loss of engine power due to erratic fuel flow metering to the engine resulting from the single-point failure of the PLA potentiometer in the hydro-mechanical fuel control unit.” A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain for a forced landing.
Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson is touting the UAE as one of the world’s first space tourism centers when his Virgin Galactic venture begins suborbital flights at the end of the decade.
Canadian independent completion center Flying Colours, which traditionally finds about 70 percent of its business south of the border, is seeing more Canadian customers this year. According to director of sales and marketing Sean Gillespie, the Peterborough, Ontario, center recently delivered two complete Challenger refurbishments for two Canadian customers.
Bombardier Challenger 600, Teterboro, N.J., April 2, 2005–On landing at TEB, Challenger N169TA porpoised and the right wing struck the runway surface. Two tires blew out. No injuries were reported.
Bombardier’s Challenger 605, announced at the 2005 NBAA Convention, made a nearly 3.5-hour maiden flight on January 22 in Montreal. “The first flight went very well,” pilot Frank Magnusson told AIN. “There were no surprises at all.” The length of the flight was longer than is typical. Said Magnusson, “The airplane performed flawlessly so we just kept going.” The flight ended as sunset approached.
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