Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000 Advantage70 engine this week completed its first flight aboard an Air Comet A330-200 in Toulouse, France, the company announced yesterday. The first Advantage70 flight marks the beginning of a flight-test program scheduled to continue through early next month.
Flying Colours, an Ontario-based independent completion and refurbishment center, has been awarded a contract to manage the aircraft paint scheme refurbishment for private jet programs provider Flight Options.
Four years after a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet Management crashed on takeoff from Teterboro Airport, resulting in a major FAA investigation of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based charter operator and a subsequent civil penalty assessment of more than $1.86 million, six individuals associated with the now-defunct firm have been indicted on charges ranging from conspiracy to making false statements.
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.
Construcciones Aeronauticas SA CASA 212-200, Toksook Bay, Alaska, Nov. 1, 2008–The Arctic Transportation Services CASA 212 made a forced landing on the tundra when the captain was unable to maintain altitude after the right engine experienced a problem. The airplane was on a VFR approach to Toksook Bay, when the copilot added power. The right engine failed to respond, and the aircraft yawed right.
The Air Moorea DHC-6-300 Twin Otter turboprop that crashed near Moorea Island on Aug. 9, 2007, took off with an almost failed pitch-control cable, due to recent exposure to jet blast, according to French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) chief Paul-Louis Arslanian. Other causes include the omission of cable inspections and the use of stainless-steel cables, which are more prone to wear.
An FAA airworthiness directive (AD) issued in October could ground more than 70 narrow-body bizliners worldwide that are equipped with auxiliary fuel systems designed to give the aircraft additional range.
When you buy a seat on a commercial flight, the choice of airline can matter less than the departure and arrival times. But when you book a charter flight, picking the operator is the most important decision you can make. The wrong choice can cost you lots of time and money, or even create safety risks.
Maintained properly, upgraded to comply with changing regulations, modified with more capable avionics in the cockpit, repainted outside, refurbished inside, and sometimes even equipped with newer, more powerful, energy-efficient engines, a business aircraft can fly safely and effectively for 30 or 40 years or more.
You’ve decided to buy a jet. Maybe it was your most recent airline trip from hell that convinced you. Perhaps a growing business commitment increased the need for easy access to locations where even Emirates Airlines doesn’t go. Or maybe you just want the freedom and excitement of private flying and would like to be able to keep your golf clubs on the airplane.