Fixed-wing aircraft

December 13, 2006 - 8:55am

Structural failure appears to have caused the fatal crash of the second Grob SPn prototype light jet near the company airfield in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, on November 29. Grob Aerospace CEO Niall Olver told AIN that the elevators and left-hand stabilizer separated from the aircraft before impact and were found “several hundred feet” behind the main wreckage. “We know they separated,” said Olver, “but we don’t know why.”

November 22, 2006 - 5:39am

The FAA issued proposed special conditions that would apply to STCs of AmSafe inflatable seatbelts in a variety of general aviation airplanes, including Beech, Cessna and Piper singles through turboprops. The comment period on the proposal closes May 22.

November 16, 2006 - 11:56am

The FAA issued special conditions that would apply to STCs of AmSafe inflatable seatbelts in a variety of general aviation airplanes, including Beech, Cessna and Piper singles through turboprops, as well as the Learjet 23.

November 16, 2006 - 8:46am

The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the landing accident involving a Gulfstream IV at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on Dec.

November 16, 2006 - 7:48am

In the 1950s and 1960s, turboprop aircraft such as the Vickers Vanguard were more electric than 2006 in-production airplanes. The Vanguard had an electric anti-icing system. So had the Shorts Belfast in the 1960s. The Rolls-Royce Tyne-powered aircraft had eight 50-kVA generators–two per engine. They featured variable frequency (320-485 Hz). The Vickers Valiant bomber had electric landing gear actuation.

November 15, 2006 - 11:07am

Landing gear maker Messier-Bugatti hosted the launch meeting for the distributed and redundant electrical nose gear steering system (DRESS) project on June 26 and 27 at its corporate headquarters in Vélizy-Villacoublay, near Paris.

November 15, 2006 - 10:09am

Russian military aviation has a long history of fierce competition between the two major design bureaus–Mikoyan and Sukhoi–and their associated production centers. One consequence of this rivalry was that many of the major enterprises and research institutes associated with military aircraft production became primarily associated with one design bureau or the other.

November 15, 2006 - 6:09am

Boeing last month quietly booked a single order for a 747-8 “Intercontinental” jet– its first for a passenger 747 in several years and thought to be a VIP variant for Qatar Airways. Boeing believes it can sell 450 examples of the newly stretched 747-8.

November 15, 2006 - 6:01am

The world’s largest passenger aircraft set another record last month, when Airbus deployed 16 emergency slides at the same time using only the A380’s battery power.

November 14, 2006 - 7:21am

Safe Flight is celebrating its 60th year of producing products to make aviation safer. In 1944, Leonard Greene saw an airplane flown by a friend appear to simply fall out of the sky, killing the pilot and destroying the airplane. Greene, an engineer, started Safe Flight Instrument Corp. in 1946 to develop lift instrumentation that would warn a pilot of an approaching stall. Safe Flight (Booth No.

 
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