The Citation Sovereign, Cessna’s newest aircraft, had completed 15 test flights at press time since its first flight on February 27. Cessna said all flights have gone “very well” and testing to date includes stall characteristics, stability and control, autopilot development, thrust reversers and airspeed calibration.
GATES LEARJET 25C, LEXINGTON, KY.,– AUG. 30, 2002–At 1:07 p.m. EDT Learjet 25C N24CP, on a Part 135 air-ambulance flight, overran Runway 4 while landing at Lexington (Ky.) Blue Grass Airport (LEX). The aircraft was destroyed, the patient was killed and the captain, first officer, flight nurse and another passenger were seriously injured.
Spriggs completed the first test run of the Citation Sovereign’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C engines on January 11. Said Rice, “The test run went well and the program is on schedule. The engines were calibrated at all power settings up to takeoff thrust and the thrust reversers have also been tested.” On January 26 the pilots completed the first taxi test of the prototype.
Still concerned about landing overrun accidents, the FAA published a new Advisory Circular (91-79) on November 6 to advise pilots and operators about how to avoid such mishaps. While the circular is not mandatory, the FAA recommends that commercial and Part 91 business jet operators incorporate the material into their operations manuals or appropriate documents such as standard operating procedures (SOPs).
CESSNA CITATION S550, BIG BEAR, CALIF., AUG. 13, 2002–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the Citation runway accident was the pilot’s failure to obtain the proper touchdown point, which resulted in an overrun.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Carlsbad, Calif., Jan. 24, 2006–Citation Ultra N86CE crashed during an apparent aborted landing on Runway 24 at McClellan-Palomar Airport, killing all four people on board. Approaching at a higher than normal speed, it touched down more than 1,500 feet down the runway and the thrust reversers were deployed, then ultimately stowed.
Gulfstream Aerospace took the wraps off its newest model, the G450, at the NBAA Convention last month. The fourth example (S/N 4004) of the GIV-X (or next-generation GIV) was on static display at Orlando Executive Airport, along with two G550s, a G400, a G200 and a G100.
The NTSB last month made an “urgent” recommendation to the FAA in response to the December 2005 fatal runway overrun at Chicago Midway Airport, calling for the agency to require operators to conduct arrival landing-distance assessments before every landing based on existing performance data and actual conditions, and to incorporate a safety margin of at least 15 percent.
Miami-based Quiet Technologies Aerospace in late January received FAA approval of its Stage 3 translating-ejector hush kit for Gulfstream IIs, IIBs and IIIs.
Russell Turner, a former top executive for Boeing’s United Space Alliance business in Houston, is the new president of Honeywell Aerospace’s $4.7 billion Engines, Systems and Services division. He assumed his duties at Honeywell on June 1, taking over from interim president Mike Redenbaugh, who returns to his previous job at the Phoenix company’s propulsion systems business.