According to news reports, when the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling platform suffered a catastrophic well-head blowout then burned and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last April, workers on the rig hesitated to implement multiple safety processes that might have helped save some or all of the 11 lives lost in the ensuing explosion and also prevent the spilling of millions of gallons of oil.
Europe’s business aviation community may think it has a good safety record; however, it needs to demonstrate a more structured and statistical approach to maintaining that reputation rather than expecting regulators and the rest of the world just to acknowledge it.
Cessna yesterday said it completed a series of wind-tunnel tests for its large-cabin Citation Columbus. Results from the tests in low- and high-speed wind tunnels will be analyzed in the coming months, though Cessna said that preliminary data analysis revealed no surprises.
Korea Aerospace Industries and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace will collaborate with Bell to “develop, certify, produce and market the 427i light twin IFR helicopter.” The 427i will have IFR capability, as well as increased cabin size and performance over the current VFR-only 427, according to Bell. Certification of the 427i is scheduled for early 2007, with deliveries to begin shortly thereafter.