Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A, Norfolk Island, Australia, Nov. 18, 2009–While on an aeromedical flight from Apia, Samoa, to Melbourne, Australia, the crew of the Australian-registered twinjet attempted a scheduled fuel stop at Norfolk Island Airport, where weather conditions had deteriorated considerably during the course of the flight.
A new 62,000-sq-ft facility has been dedicated on Huntsville International Airport, Ala., by WestWind Technologies to provide engineering, manufacturing, electronics integration and structural modifications.
The Beechcraft HS 125-700/800 series aircraft has been added to Arcadia Aviation’s FAA Part 145 repair station license. Earlier this year the company added the Israeli Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124 and 1124A series when Mike Harvey, a former IAI field service representative who currently sits on the manufacturer’s advisory panel, joined Arcadia’s maintenance team as director of Westwind Technical Services.
The Pentagon will spend an additional $1.2 billion to wind down the controversial Presidential helicopter replacement program and modernize the existing fleet of 30-year-old VH-3s currently used for the mission. That is on top of the $3.2 billion already spent on the program since 2005.
WestWind Technologies has broken ground on the Huntsville Aircraft Modification and Integration Center at the Huntsville International Airport. The center will also offer full maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities for military, commercial and business aircraft.
ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES 1124A, TAOS, N.M., NOV. 8, 2002–The only occupants, both airline transport-rated pilots, of the Westwind were killed when the aircraft crashed on approach to Taos Municipal Airport (SKX). The accident occurred at approximately 2:57 p.m. after the Westwind passed the initial approach fix for the VOR/DME-B approach.
Worthington Aviation has named Landmark Aviation a Westwind authorized facility for product support.
It’s been 45 years since President Dwight Eisenhower became the first standing U.S. President to fly aboard a helicopter, a 60-min hop in a Bell UH-13-J that did much to validate public and private faith in rotorcraft as a form of VIP travel. Since those days, Presidents have logged thousands of miles and hundreds of hours aboard the rotorcraft flown and maintained by U.S.
Israel Aircraft Industries 1124 Westwind, Morelia, Mexico, Feb. 24, 2005–Westwind
Gordon Newstrom, founder of Mesaba Aviation, died in December. He was 93. An expert floatplane pilot, Newstrom in 1944 founded Mesaba Aviation, the predecessor to Mesaba Airlines.