Gulfstream G650 S/N 6004 recently demonstrated the modelπs high-speed cruising capabilities, flying more than 1,900 nm in 3 hours and 26 minutes. While the aircraft averaged an impressive groundspeed of 550 knots on the coast-to-coast flight, it wasn't a civil record–in February 2003 Steve Fossett flew his Cessna Citation X from San Diego to Charleston, S.C., in 2 hours 56 minutes, averaging almost 632 knots thanks to a strong tailwind.
The NTSB’s final report on the Sept.
The NTSB on Thursday released its final report on the Sept.
DNA testing confirmed that the human remains found near the wreckage of an American Champion Super Decathlon in the California mountains are those of adventurer Steve Fossett. He disappeared in September last year after taking off from the Flying M Ranch near Smith Valley, Nev., and was declared legally dead earlier this year after search efforts failed to find any trace of him.
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and National Aeronautic Association have certified five speed records set by a Piaggio Avanti. The records for average speed over a recognized course were set earlier this year with pilot Joe Ritchie and copilot Steve Fossett at the controls. The records include:
An Illinois county circuit judge approved a petition February 15 to declare Steve Fossett legally dead. The aviator and adventurer has been missing since September 3, when he failed to return after a flight over the Nevada desert. Authorities searched for Fossett and his American Champion Decathlon for nearly a month but called off the search on October 2.
In preparation for his solo nonstop around-the-world (ATW) flight tentatively scheduled for January, adventurer and solo ATW balloonist Steve Fossett has begun familiarization flights in the single-engine Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer in Mojave, Calif., following a number of envelope expansion flights by Scaled Composites project engineer and test pilot Jon Karkow.
Will Steve Fossett suffer a fate similar to Amelia Earhart’s? That’s the question on many people’s minds as winter starts to take hold in the Nevada mountains, where it’s believed that the American Champion Super Decathlon he was flying crashed. Efforts to find the adventurer/aviator/millionaire have now come to a near halt, and chances are deemed slim to none that he survived the September 3 crash in the rugged desert of northern Nevada.
Civil aircraft in the 1990s didn’t look radically different from those of the previous 20 years but, as had happened in the previous decade, they were different beneath the familiar skin. Like the 1980s, the economy of the 1990s got off to a rough start, but this last decade of the millennium picked up a spectacular head of steam midway through its 10-year run.
At press time a search-and-rescue effort was still under way for world aviation record holder Steve Fossett, who was reported missing September 3 after taking off from the Flying M Ranch near Smith Valley, Nev., in an American Champion Super Decathlon. The Civil Air Patrol had not found any signs of the aviator in a search area covering hundreds of square miles of rugged terrain.
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