Cessna Citation 500, London, UK, March 8, 2008–A missing rivet head
Maximum Takeoff Weight
Aircraft performance is a subject that many pilots dread, during both preflight planning and post-lunch ground school sessions in stuffy classrooms when the lines on flight manual charts blend together as eyelids droop and weary brains reject the stimulus of yet more caffeine.
A final report from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a missing rivet head on a fuel shutoff valve that likely led to inadvertent engine shutdown was one of four “contributory factors” that resulted in the crash of a Cessna Citation 500 on March 8 some two miles northeast of London Biggin Hill Airport.
Flight planning Web site FltPlan.com is now offering runway analysis services by Aircraft Performance Group (APG) integrated with flight planning. Runway analysis may allow departures at heavier maximum takeoff weights, according to FltPlan.com, thanks to APG’s Airport Analyzer.
Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft received FAA approval to increase the mtow for its Kodiak turboprop single to 7,225 pounds, up from the existing 6,750 pounds. With the increase, the Kodiak’s useful load rises to 3,535 pounds. The Kodiak obtained FAA certification in 2007.
Kunovice, Czech Republic-based Evektor last week rolled out its EV-55 Outback, a nine- to 14-seat, high-wing twin turboprop. First flight of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-21-powered utility airplane is planned for the third quarter, two years behind the company’s original schedule.
The FAA approved increasing the mtow at Scottsdale Airport in Arizona
to 100,000 pounds, according to NBAA, which worked with the Arizona Business Aviation Association and the local community to secure the approval. The Scottsdale City Council raised the previous limit of 75,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds late last year.
The Cessna Citation CJ4 gained FAA type certification last month, with deliveries of the light jet set to begin later this year. The final performance numbers for the $9 million CJ4 include a takeoff distance of 3,130 feet at mtow, a maximum speed of 453 knots and 2,002-nm range with two crew and five pax.
Final agreement over the way the European Union’s new “common basic standards for aviation security” are implemented in the UK will not be achieved by the existing April 29 deadline and could well be delayed at least until late June due to the country’s general election, which is widely expected to be held on May 6.
Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US) is endorsing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as the “one standard that all operators of business jets around the world would be measured by and audited against.” According to ARG/US CEO Joe Moeggenberg, if the industry does not take this opportunity to make IS-BAO– along with its safety management system (SMS) component–the world standard, then each governmental aviation