A stroll through NBAA’s latest benchmark survey reveals a treasure trove of information from no fewer than 737 flight departments.
Maximum Takeoff Weight
Cessna established a trilogy of CitationJet derivatives with the announcement of the CJ3 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando last September. Compared with the CJ2, the CJ3 has a 24-inch-longer cabin, with standard seating for six in a center-club configuration.
Diamond Aircraft, which manufactures composite single- and twin- engine piston aircraft, has announced it will build a single-engine jet. The five-place (two in front, three-in-a-row in back), all-composite D-jet is projected to sell for “well under $1 million” and have an mtow of 4,700 pounds. Cruise speed at its 25,000-foot maximum altitude is set at 315 knots, with a cabin altitude of 8,000 feet.
Beech 1900D, Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 8, 2003–At 8:09 a.m. EST the Air Midwest Beech 1900 (N233YV), flight 5481 (d.b.a. US Airways Express), crashed shortly after takeoff from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), N.C., killing both crewmembers and all 19 passengers. The aircraft, which was destined for Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), S.C., was destroyed on impact and in the post-crash fire.
Franco-Italian aircraft maker ATR and engine supplier Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) have begun studies on higher-weight applications of the 48-seat ATR 42-500 and 68-seat ATR 72-500 turboprops.
After four years of development and almost 500 hours of flight testing, the Raisbeck ZR Lite System for the Learjet 35/36 has earned an STC.
UltraJet, a membership-based charter company, has ordered 105 ProJets, the proposed very light twinjet from Westport, Conn.-based startup Avocet Aircraft, a U.S./Israeli joint venture. Announced at last month’s NBAA gathering in Orlando, the order is secured by a refundable deposit.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is considering buying Eclipse 500s very light jets (VLJs) for its new flight academy, a deal that might reach fruition during the airshow. The appearance of the diminutive twinjet here marks not only its own Dubai debut, but the first showing of any certified VLJ in the Middle East.
The Gulfstream I that crashed on takeoff in Kenya was reportedly over gross weight for the airfield. Killed in the January 24 crash were the country’s labor minister and the two pilots. Nine other passengers were injured.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last month published its long-awaited rule that establishes the process for undergoing comprehensive background checks by aliens seeking first-time flight training in aircraft with mtow of more than 12,500 pounds. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), signed into law on Nov. 19, 2001, mandated background checks on aliens seeking flight training in large aircraft.