Although the political crisis in Ukraine kept Antonov engineers guessing about the timing of the first flight of the 52-seat An-148, the airplane took to the air on December 17 from Kiev’s Svyatoshin Aerodrome.
Bankrupt regional aircraft manufacturer Avcraft Aerospace has been bought by UK Corporate Jet Services, parent company of Southampton-based executive charter operator Club328. The new owner will not be resuming aircraft production, but will instead run Avcraft as a support organization for existing Dornier 328 jet and turboprop operators under the name 328 Support Services.
The NTSB has sent an “urgent safety recommendation” asking the FAA to prohibit airlines from using credit for the use of thrust reversers when calculating landing distances. Although the recommendation would prohibit reverser credit on all runways, “its practical effect would be felt on planned landings only on contaminated runways, which is when the credit is included in stopping-distance calculations,” the Safety Board said.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Portland, Ore., Dec. 24, 2005–The reason for the Caravan’s loss of power on takeoff has not been determined, said the NTSB. The pilot reported, “After becoming airborne, the airplane quit accelerating and a positive climb rate was not established.”
The Pilatus Porter never won any beauty contests and may look as if a committee designed it. But beauty is only skin deep and for some 46 years, the Swiss aircraft has wowed folk by its incredible STOL performance. From the land of the cuckoo clocks has come an aircraft that is at home landing and taking off from the sides of mountains, or spurning hard runways for grass, gravel or most other surfaces that would deter any other type.
Stage III Technologies, which 18 months ago received an STC for its Stage 3 hush kit/cascade thrust reverser for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs, plans to have its long-awaited first installation under way in February at Western Jet in Van Nuys, Calif.
Ruag Aerospace Services of Germany signed a contract with Aerospace Services of Netherlands to deliver two Dornier 228-212 twin turboprops to its coast guard for maritime patrol. By late 2007, the two aircraft are to be overhauled, get a glass cockpit and a Honeywell TPE 331-10 engine upgrade.
The news that Snecma is working on the new 8,500- to 10,000-pound thrust SM-X engine to power new large business jets and regional airliners hasn’t shaken Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC). Nor has last month’s suspension by Bombardier of the 110- to 135-seat C-Series twinjet program.
A “go anywhere” aircraft” is a rare exhibit in the EBACE static park, and, although beauty is not a claim that many would make of the Pilatus PC-6 Porter, this unique Swiss design has become a legend in its own lifetime. Capable of flying into and out of short unprepared strips, as well as operating on floats or skis, the Porter remains in production at the rate of between five and 10 each year. A total of 530 have been delivered to date.
New Germany-based engineering and maintenance organization 328 Support Services has signed an agreement with Mikado Capital to return four previously stored Dornier 328 Jets to service. Mikado Capital is a new purpose-built remarketing organization based in the British Virgin Islands, whose director Gunnar Thorvaldsson will be visiting EBACE this week.