Turbine engines are extremely reliable and many business jet pilots go through their entire careers experiencing engine failures only during simulator training. But in mid-July, two Beechjet 400A pilots found out what it’s like to lose not just one engine in flight, but both of them. Fortunately for them and their seven passengers they were able to get one of the light jet’s engines restarted during the descent.
Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D
Landmark Aviation remains in growth mode, buying the Corporate Jets FBO, maintenance and charter company at Scottsdale Airport in Arizona from FSS Airholdings early last month. “Corporate Jets is really a perfect fit for our acquisition profile,” said Landmark CEO Roger Wolfe.
Dallas Airmotive is adding component repair capability for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A/T, JT15D and PW300/ PW500 engine series to its Lafayette, La. facility. It already supports numerous offshore operators using the Rolls-Royce 250 engine.
Several Beechjet flameouts have led the NTSB to make recommendations to prevent recurrences. The final recommendation, if adopted, would have wide implications: require the FAA and industry to pursue research to develop an ice detector that would alert pilots to internal engine icing and require that it be installed on new production turbofan engines and retrofitted to existing turbofan engines.
The third Beechjet dual engine flameout in less than two years has left NTSB investigators, as well as aircraft manufacturer Raytheon and engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada, scratching their heads. Meanwhile, without any answers or precise operating guidance, Beechjet pilots, owners and passengers are left to ponder a disturbing trend.
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