Space accidents and incidents

August 29, 2008 - 1:50pm

The 96-month inspection of a Challenger 604 gave JetCorp’s St. Louis facility the downtime required to make significant interior modifications and cabin entertainment upgrades in the customer’s airplane.

“With the Challenger 604s coming out of warranty, we recognize that more and more customers are looking for an exceptional facility to complete the critical 96-month inspections,” said JetCorp president Bill McLendon.

January 21, 2008 - 10:11am

The fifth aircraft in Bombardier Aerospace’s Challenger 300 certification program joined the flight-test fleet on March 8 when it flew for the first time. Aircraft S/N 20-005 is being used for function and reliability testing of the twinjet’s corporate interior, including all cabin systems, water and waste management, lighting, environmental controls, passenger electronics and entertainment systems and ergonomics.

October 15, 2007 - 11:15am

Former astronaut Curt Brown stood in front of nearly 1,500 guests at the NBAA 14th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference last month and fought back tears as he remembered seven fellow astronauts who had died just two days earlier in the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. “I came close to canceling [this appearance],” he told the audience, and then asked for a moment of silence to honor those lost.

March 12, 2007 - 8:42am

Even during the worst days of the recent recession, the demand for aircraft exterior paint remained relatively strong. Some completion and refurbishment shops even expanded their paint capability during this period. Elliott Aviation was one such shop.

November 16, 2006 - 11:42am

Platinum Jet Management has been slapped with a cease and desist order for the second time since the Challenger overrun accident at Teterboro Airport on February 2 last year. The June 12 DOT order claims Platinum Jet operated the Challenger and other charter flights without economic or regulatory authority. Further, the order contends that because one of Platinum’s three owners was not a U.S.

November 9, 2006 - 5:33am

The last Bombardier Challenger 604, S/N 5665, rolled off the assembly line at the Canadian OEM’s Montreal plant on October 3. It marks the conclusion of a long run for a design launched at the Paris Air Show in 1993. The last of 365 built, the airplane will have a highly customized executive/VIP cabin done at Midcoast Aviation in East Alton, Ill. Delivery is scheduled for the spring.

November 2, 2006 - 7:23am

Bombardier Challenger 600, Teterboro, N.J., April 2, 2005–On landing at TEB, Challenger N169TA porpoised and the right wing struck the runway surface. Two tires blew out. No injuries were reported.

November 1, 2006 - 8:56am

Iridium has entered into preliminary discussions with satellite manufacturers about potential replacements for its network of low-earth-orbit communications satellites. The company is in the early stages of developing a satellite replacement strategy, according to a spokesman, who said the company plans to start serious design work around 2009.

September 25, 2006 - 5:59am

Bombardier’s Challenger 605, announced at the 2005 NBAA Convention, made a nearly 3.5-hour maiden flight on January 22 in Montreal. “The first flight went very well,” pilot Frank Magnusson told AIN. “There were no surprises at all.” The length of the flight was longer than is typical. Said Magnusson, “The airplane performed flawlessly so we just kept going.” The flight ended as sunset approached.  

September 14, 2006 - 7:21am

Platinum Jet Management last month was slapped with a cease-and-desist order for the second time since the Challenger overrun accident at Teterboro Airport on February 2 last year. The DOT order claims Platinum Jet operated the Challenger and other charter flights without economic or regulatory authority and violated U.S. cabotage rules. Platinum Jet and its three owners were penalized $175,000.

 
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