At a time when relations between Russia and Ukraine are at an all time low, an aircraft program may be the key to finding new opportunities for the two nations to work together. At Farnborough International this year there are two Antonov An-140 turboprop transports parked side-by-side on the tarmac.
Investigators have determined that a Cessna 208B Caravan that crashed near Pelee Island, Ontario, on Jan. 17, 2004, exceeded the maximum allowable takeoff weight by at least 15 percent, in addition to being contaminated with ice. All 10 people on board were killed in the accident.
Viking Air (Hall 4 Stand C16C) is an experienced aerospace manufacturer that has specialized in de Havilland Canada (DHC) products for over 30 years. It has moved a step closer to confirming it will restart production of the widely used 19-seat Twin Otter short takeoff and landing aircraft, to be designated the Twin Otter Series 400.
Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace (Hall 3 Stand D8) enters this Farnborough show with some critical questions to answer about the future of its regional airliner business. Operating under a cloud of speculation and conjecture since it announced its decision to shelve the once-heralded C Series project in January, the company continues to contemplate its next course of action.
Excess capacity created by Mesa Air Group’s Go! unit has forced Hawaii’s largest turboprop island hopper, Island Air, to ground its Bombardier Q400 only five months after receiving it from the manufacturer. Island Air has also postponed delivery of two more Q400s for at least six months while CEO Rob Mauraucher looks for a place to temporarily redeploy the first airplane.
UK aircraft maker Britten-Norman has reached a pay settlement with members of the Amicus trade union. In a deal struck on October 9, the Isle of Wight-based manufacturer reached an agreement with its workforce on pay and other issues, ending a strike that had begun three days earlier. Company and union officials had started to negotiate new terms in January. Britten-Norman makes the Islander line of piston- and turbine-powered aircraft.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Round Rock, Texas, Oct. 18, 2005–After losing power, the FedEx Caravan, operated by Baron Aviation of Vichy, Mo., was substantially damaged during a forced landing. The sole-occupant commercial pilot was seriously injured. The flight had originated at Austin, Texas, at 10:15 p.m. and was en route to Fort Worth in night VMC.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Oct. 6, 2005–Icing conditions were present when the Caravan, operated by Morning Star Air Express under contract to FedEx, crashed after takeoff from Winnipeg International Airport at 5:40 a.m. en route to Thunder Bay, Ontario. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was killed. She was instructed to turn right on course after departing Runway 36.
Quiet Technology Aerospace (QTA) continues to install Gulfstream II and III Stage 3 hush kits at the rate of about one per month since being certified. The Opa Locka, Fla., company received an STC for the hush kit in January 2003 and expected to deliver its 20th completed aircraft last month.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-21 engines will power the Evektor EV-55, a 10-seat unpressurized twin turboprop under development. The Czech Republic-made STOL aircraft is scheduled to receive FAA/EASA certification by the end of 2008.