Blackhawk Modifications has introduced an engine upgrade for the Cessna Caravan. The 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A adds 175 shp in all phases of flight. Certification is expected by year-end.
Bombardier CL-600-2B16, Vineyard Haven, Mass., Sept. 27, 2009–The twinjet suffered substantial damage to its nose section following a rough landing at Martha’s Vineyard Airport. The Challenger had been cleared for an ILS approach and was approximately 15 to 20 feet above the runway when it encountered wind shear, resulting in a reported 25-knot loss in airspeed.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Hayward, Calif., Sept. 16, 2009–The turboprop twin crashed during initial climb after takeoff from Hayward Executive Airport. According to the pilot, who was uninjured in the accident, the King Air began to veer uncontrollably to the left while still “very close to the ground.” As the aircraft was losing altitude, the pilot lowered the nose and made a gear-up landing with the wings level.
Hawker Beechcraft 400A, Sugar Land, Texas, July 31, 2009–While on takeoff roll from Sugar Land Municipal Airport and approaching 95 knots, the pilots saw one large and two smaller birds flying across their path and were unable to react before at least one struck the airplane. The number-two engine immediately rolled back, and the pilots aborted the takeoff.
Airbus engineers are never satisfied, and customers of the European airframe builder should have only one response: thank goodness.
Bombardier Learjet 55, Casper, Wyo., March 17, 2009–The Learjet 55, registered to Sunwest Aviation of Calgary, Alberta, aborted its takeoff from Natrona County International Airport when the tower controller said he thought he saw smoke coming from the left engine. The flight crew taxied to a taxiway, did a runup with no problem and was cleared for a second takeoff.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Punta Chivato, Mexico, Nov. 3, 2008–The King Air was destroyed when it crashed soon after takeoff from Punta Chivato Airstrip, and the sole-occupant pilot was killed. The turboprop cleared a small hill, then appeared to lose airspeed and slow its climb before hitting the ground. A fire consumed most of the airplane. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Mexico.
The FAA has issued a revision of Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin NM-08-27 to warn operators of transport-category aircraft that organic salt runway de-icer fluids could cause “possible brake failure during high-speed aborted takeoff or dragged brake during normal takeoff (and subsequent overheat, once airborne).” The revised SAIB, NM-08-27R1, notifies operators that organic salt runway
Dassault Falcon 900, Santa Barbara, Calif., June 10, 2007–The Safety Board blamed the Falcon accident on the erroneous gross weight calculation and improper trim setting by the captain, which resulted in the airplane’s failure to rotate at Vr as expected and the captain’s decision to abort the takeoff at high speed.
Cessna 172 and Dassault Falcon 200, Teterboro, N.J., July 9, 2008–The NTSB blamed the Teterboro Airport (TEB) runway incursion on the ground controller’s failure to instruct the pilot of the Cessna 172 that was taxiing in after landing to hold short of Runway 24, on which the Falcon had been cleared for takeoff by the tower controller.