Bombardier has assembly plants in Wichita, Toronto and Montreal and manufacturing plants in Montreal, Belfast in the UK, and Querétaro in Mexico. But Pierre Beaudoin, Bombardier president and chief operating officer, dismisses the notion that manufacturing in high-cost economies is an anachronism.
Pacific Aerospace Corp. of Hamilton, New Zealand received FAA type certification of its $1 million PAC 750XL, a 750-shp fixed-gear turboprop single its manufacturer says is capable of carrying a 4,500-pound payload. Meanwhile, the investigation continues into the fatal ditching of a 750XL last December after it ran out of fuel on a delivery flight to the U.S.
DASSAULT FALCON 20C, PUEBLO, COLO., JAN. 21, 2004–While landing on Runway 8 at Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB) at 12:45 a.m., the Falcon twinjet veered off the runway. A wing became stuck in the snow and the right landing gear collapsed. There were no injuries, but the aircraft was substantially damaged.
Japanese investigators have determined that
a missing support arm bolt caused the nosegear hatch on an All Nippon Airways Bombardier Q400 to jam as it approached Kochi Airport on March 13, forcing the turboprop twin to land on its nose and prompting authorities to ground all Bombardier
Cessna 208B Caravan, Alliance, Neb., Feb. 8, 2007–The commercial pilot of Caravan N1116Y was seriously injured when the postal cargo airplane hit the roof of a metal building and then the ground during a nonprecision approach to Runway 12 at Alliance Municipal Airport (AIA) in night IMC. The pilot, who had filed an IFR flight plan, had been cleared for the VOR 30 approach but at 2:09 a.m. requested a change to the VOR 12 approach.
Transport Canada found no violations of Federal Aviation Regulations during a special-purpose audit of Georgian Express, and on January 27 returned the operator certificate to the Toronto-based airline. The certificate was suspended on January 22, five days after a fatal crash of one of the company’s Cessna 208B Caravans in which the pilot and all nine passengers were killed.
Bombardier acknowledged in late January that it has held “exploratory discussions” about collaboration in the turboprop market with Russian aircraft maker Aviacor, but it stopped short of confirming reports that it will transfer Q300 turboprop production to the underused factory, now owned by Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element holding company.
Comments are due March 5 on an FAA proposal to require a low-airspeed awareness system on Cessna 208 and 208B Caravans. The installation will cancel the prohibition against operating the turboprop single in moderate or worse icing conditions.
DASSAULT FALCON 20, PUEBLO, COLO., JAN. 21, 2004. The captain of the Jet Ex Falcon 20 said he had no indication of runway problems from notams or from a low pass over Runway 8L at the Pueblo Memorial Airport. He landed and the airplane initially decelerated with normal braking.
As the emirate of Dubai helds its biennial international airshow last month, travelers from anywhere but a major city were feeling first hand the pressures against a robust regional-airline industry in the Arab world.