“Know your enemy,” Dr. Richard Kobetz, executive director of the Executive Protection Institute, told attendees at a two-day corporate aircraft security seminar.
Italy’s Vulcanair expects to begin flying its single-turboprop VF600W by the end of next month. The fuselage of the nine-seat airplane was derived from the Vulcanair SF600A Canguro and its high wing from the Vulcanair 600 Viator. The company plans to build four or five pre-production aircraft to join the first prototype in the flight-test program.
Officials at Sukhoi have revealed next to nothing about the company’s proposed supersonic business jet program over the last 12 months. However, during a joint U.S./Russian roundtable discussion on aviation issues in May, Sukhoi general director Mikhail Pogosyan, one of the speakers, said “certain progress” had been achieved during a joint feasibility study with Boeing, not only on the Russian Regional Jet, but also on the SSBJ.
As corporate pilots Tom and Pam Clements climbed the stone steps at the forbidding Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia, it seemed incredible that they were being paid to go on this “vacation.” Though the Clements had paid the incremental cost of accompanying their passengers on various sightseeing tours, the husband and wife team had still turned a small profit flying their passengers on a three-month, eastbound journey from Scottsdale, Ariz., near
Operators selling their airplanes may be interested in showing them on an interactive DVD distributed quarterly to more than 6,200 brokers, dealers and operators worldwide, according to Aircraft Shopper Online of Corte Madera, Calif. The online pre-owned aircraft sales service introduced the DVD with 11 aircraft at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Geneva in May.
Water that pooled under the floor panels of a Falcon 20, froze and restricted the movement of the aileron trim actuator as the airplane was landing at London Stansted Airport is to blame for the airplane’s “frozen” controls, according to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
While the FAA is calling for “significant” continued growth “over time” for commercial aviation, it sees “strong growth in business aviation demand continuing, driven by a growing U.S. and world economy as well as a growing fleet of very light jets (VLJs).”
The FAA is mandating updated aircraft cockpit voice and flight data recorders for airplanes with 10 or more seats and operating under Parts 121, 125 or 135. These improved devices–which are due by March 7, 2012, for in-service airplanes–will yield more data for accident and incident investigators. The rule also mandates these enhancements on all newly built aircraft and helicopters after March 7, 2010.
SimCom instructor Ted Otto knows the PC-12. With about 3,000 hours flying the roomy single-engine Swiss turboprop, Otto is one of those rare pilots who not only knows his subject intimately but also knows how to share his knowledge with pilots who travel to SimCom Training Centers’ Orlando, Fla. headquarters to learn how to fly the PC-12.
Cessna 525A CJ2, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 16, 2006–The NTSB said that the Zinc Acquisitions Citation’s swerving to the right on landing was caused by the failure of the left main and the auxiliary brake lines due to fatigue cracking, making directional control impossible. A contributing factor was the airport sign concrete pad, which the jet hit.