Dart Helicopter Services received Transport Canada approval for its Apical Industries emergency float system for Robinson R44s and R44 IIs. The system received FAA approval last April. EASA approval is pending. The system consists of two cylindrical forward floats and two cylindrical aft floats mounted on skid tubes, with a mechanically activated inflation system.
MD 600N, Vicksburg, Miss., Feb. 6, 2007–The NTSB said the loss of engine power on the MD 600, which landed hard on a logging road, was due to fuel starvation because the fuel transfer check valve was stuck in the closed position. The pilot was en route to refuel the helicopter, cruising at 115 knots at 500 feet agl, when the engine quit. The pilot autorotated and landed on the road, surrounded by tall trees.
CANADAIR CL-600-2B19, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., APRIL 17, 2004. After America West Express Flight 412 landed at Colorado Springs, Colo., and was taxiing to the gate, the cabin filled with smoke. The captain stopped the airplane and evacuated the airplane. The NTSB blamed the incident on a failed air conditioning fan bypass check valve and the subsequent overtemperature of the air conditioning pack.
Wichita-based LJSC has received group certification for RVSM on the Learjet 24 and 25. The $124,975 kit consists of two IS&S ADDUs, two Rosemount pitot-static probes, two pitot probe doublers, four Tactair shutoff valves, one standby altimeter, six annunciator switches, wiring harness, associated plumbing, data package and on-site support for initial installations.
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