Space Shuttle Challenger

September 20, 2007 - 6:52am

Rockwell Collins’ HGS-6605 head-up guidance system (HGS) will be a new option on Bombardier’s recently certified Challenger 605.

The agreement, said John Desmond, v-p of head-up guidance systems for Rockwell Collins, “builds on a long tradition of providing Bombardier with…head-up display technology.” That tradition includes the Challenger 604, the CRJ series and the Q-Series turboprop regional airliner.

March 12, 2007 - 8:46am

Canadian manufacturer Bombardier delivered the first Challenger 300 from its Montreal center in January. Before a restructuring last year, the company had expected to do Challenger 300 interiors at its Tucson, Ariz. facility, but shifted the responsibility to its new integrated manufacturing center in Montreal. The center combines final assembly activities with interior completion and paint for all of its Challenger business jet line.

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.

February 7, 2007 - 9:22am

The Challenger 605, announced this afternoon, will feature upgrades in the cockpit and cabin over the Challenger 604, which will be replaced following expected certification of the 605 in the fourth quarter of next year. In the cockpit, a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite will replace the Pro Line 4. Cabin improvements include LED lighting and more storage capacity, as well as new galley and lavatory configurations.

February 1, 2007 - 10:24am

Operators of all U.S.-registered Challenger 600s, 601s and 604s and Canadair Regional Jets, which are derived from the business jet, must incorporate flight manual revisions to ensure that before takeoff the “wing leading edge and upper wing surface are completely free of ice, frost, snow or slush,” under a new AD. The FAA directive (AD 2005-04-07) followed an identical AD from Transport Canada.

January 30, 2007 - 5:25am

Darby Aviation is the latest to feel the wrath of the FAA in the wake of the Challenger runway overrun accident at Teterboro Airport (see page 58). On March 23 the agency ordered “the indefinite suspension” of the Muscle Shoals, Ala. charter operator’s Part 135 certificate. The agency said in part that by “selling, assigning and/or leasing its air carrier certificate to Platinum [Jet Management] and relinquishing operational control

January 10, 2007 - 9:49am

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 typical. Said Magnusson: “The airplane performed flawlessly so we just kept going” and ended as sunset approached.

December 11, 2006 - 8:39am

Bombardier Canadair CL-600 Challenger, Aspen, Colo., Feb. 9, 2006–The NTSB said the cause of the accident was the Challenger’s encounter with wake turbulence.

December 6, 2006 - 9:28am

Bombardier’s Flexjet might be the only fractional provider that can say it has been profitable for the second consecutive year. “We believe we are the only fractional provider than can claim this,” said a company spokeswoman. She said the company attributes this to “operational efficiency, a right-sized fleet, success with new models [the Challenger 300 in particular] and continued emphasis on program innovations.”

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.

 
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