Fixed-wing aircraft

May 23, 2008 - 7:26am

“Beginning autorotation with left turn.”

“Roger. Autorotate to left.”

After a few moments, during which the MD 600N helicopter plummets toward the ground engaged in a sweeping left turn, the first pilot’s voice comes over the radio. “Recovering.” He recovers at approximately 100 ft over the desert floor.

“Roger. Recover.” This voice belongs to the pilot of the chase aircraft, also an MD helicopter.

May 23, 2008 - 6:54am

The Dassault Falcon 7X will be the first purpose-built business jet to have a fly-by-wire (FBW) system. Reduced crew workload, better aircraft performance and increased safety should be the major benefits, Dassault technical managers told AIN.

May 21, 2008 - 11:33am

Denmark’s ScanTech has outfitted a King Air 200 from Swedish air ambulance operator Svensk Flygambulans AB with five Raisbeck EPIC Performance Systems at its facility in Sindal. The retrofits included Hartzell/Raisbeck turbofan propellers, high-flotation gear doors, dual aft body strakes, enhanced-performance leading edges and ram air recovery systems.

May 15, 2008 - 10:18am

CESSNA 421B, NORMAN, OKLA., DEC. 10, 2000–The NTSB listed as the probable cause of this accident “the pilot’s failure to follow the instrument approach procedure and his continued descent below the prescribed minimum descent altitude (MDA).” Contributory factors were the pilot’s physical impairment from drugs, the low ceiling, fog and dark-night light conditions. The pilot and his passenger were killed in the accident.

May 7, 2008 - 6:14am

Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 22, 2000–The NTSB’s factual report is now out on the fatal crash of MU-2 N386TM. The twin turboprop was destroyed and both pilots were killed when it crashed immediately after takeoff from the San Antonio International Airport at 1432 CST.

May 6, 2008 - 10:51am

PC-12 flight planning seems to work out best at 260 kt, which means a 1,200-nm trip with IFR reserves will keep you in the cabin for 4.5 hr. But passengers who have flown the airlines will find that spending a long trip time in the Pilatus is a treat because of all the extra space and the working toilet. Since the potty is up front, the crew can use the facility without disturbing passengers.

May 6, 2008 - 7:12am

Autopilot maker Meggitt/S-TEC announced it has gained STC approval to install its new Magic 2100 digital flight-control system in Twin Commanders. The company’s first all-new autopilot since Meggitt acquired S-TEC two years ago, the Magic 2100 DFCS is a three-axis, fully digital attitude-based flight-control system.

May 5, 2008 - 11:57am

When General Electric’s then CEO Jack Welch decided it was time to shop for a new business aircraft in 1995, he knew he needed more of what every executive wants in a corporate airplane–space. The Gulfstream V, then under development, was expected to have the range, but on a 12-hr trip, the GE head thought the cabin was too claustrophobic.

May 5, 2008 - 9:53am

In an August 8 memo, James Ballough, director of the FAA Flight Standards Service, confirmed that large-transport-category airplanes, including the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jetliner, may be operated under Part 135 if their type certificates indicate that modifications have been made that limit the number of passenger seats to 30 or fewer and payload capacity of 7,500 lb or less.

April 30, 2008 - 9:27am

Honda Aircraft’s announcement that it will offer the $3.65 million HondaJet for sale in the European market beginning this month “is a big milestone,” according to Michimasa Fujino, president of the start-up aircraft manufacturer. “We have a lot of customer inquiries from the European market,” he said.

 
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