Flightdocs released an aircraft maintenance tracking iPad application that allows flight crews to access and report aircraft maintenance information in real time, even while an aircraft is airborne.
Cirrus Aircraft said it is continuing to refine the design of the SF50 Vision single-engine jet but further development “is paced by funding,” according to chairman Dale Klapmeier. It has selected 91 percent of the suppliers for the jet and has begun development work on the jet’s parachute system, including nine test drops using weights.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B90, West Point, Va., Aug. 1, 2009–While engaged in skydiving operations, the King Air suffered substantial damage to its left horizontal stabilizer when it was struck by a skydiver. According to the pilot, a skydiving instructor’s reserve chute accidentally deployed while he was stationed at the cabin door, pulling him from the airplane.
de Havilland Canada DHC-6-100, Sullivan, Mo., July 29, 2006–Shortly after takeoff from Sullivan Regional Airport, with flames coming from the right engine, the Twin Otter crashed, killing six of the eight occupants and seriously injuring the other two. The skydiving flight was operated by Adventure Aviation of Dover, Del.
Marcus Schrenker, a 38-year-old financial manager under investigation by the SEC, apparently attempted to fake his own death on Sunday by parachuting from his Piper Meridian before the turboprop single crashed at about 9:15 p.m. in a swampy area near Milton, Fla., according to an FAA preliminary report.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Bowling Green, Mo., June 21, 2008–A parachutist was killed because he failed to follow procedures/directives by not waiting to jump until the green jump light was illuminated, resulting in his hitting the tail of the airplane, according to the NTSB.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A90, Pitt Meadows, B.C., Aug. 3, 2008–The Pacific Skydivers flight took off from Pitt Meadows Airport with seven passengers and lost power in both engines. The U.S.-registered airplane was returning to the airport when it crashed during a forced landing. The pilot and three passengers were seriously injured and four passengers suffered minor injuries.
South St. Paul, Minn.-based Ballistic Recovery Systems on July 24 performed a touchdown condition test on an OMF Symphony 160 fuselage. In the test, a conforming fuselage of the Part 23 two seater–sand bagged to simulate a mtow of 2,150 pounds–was hoisted to 8.5 feet and dropped by releasing the tow cable. Although no parachute was involved, the test created a descent rate calculated for a 5,000-foot density altitude.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Greensburg, Ind., June 1, 2008–The Skydive Greensburg Caravan was at 7,000 feet msl, with 14 skydivers aboard, when the pilot heard an explosion followed by a metal grinding noise coming from the engine. The airplane vibrated and smoke filled the cabin. The engine quit and the pilot shut off