The FAA issued an emergency AD last month to all owners and operators of GE CF34-3A1, -3B and -3B1 turbofans after investigators found an electrical arc-out defect in the fan disk of the engine that broke apart during a Mesa Airlines revenue flight on January 25.
Bombardier Challenger 600
Operators of all U.S.-registered Challenger 600s, 601s and 604s and Canadair Regional Jets, which are derived from the business jet, must incorporate flight manual revisions to ensure that before takeoff the “wing leading edge and upper wing surface are completely free of ice, frost, snow or slush,” under a new AD. The FAA directive (AD 2005-04-07) followed an identical AD from Transport Canada.
New York Yankees’ catcher Yogi Berra might have said “it’s déjà vu all over again,” but it was a recent Challenger 600 accident that illustrated the well known saying. Although the outcome of a March 9 incident at Tupelo Regional Airport, Miss., was less serious than the outcome of the crash of the same type of airplane at Teterboro Airport, N.J., a month earlier (AIN, March, page 8), the circumstances are eerily similar.
Lufthansa Technik, the Hamburg, Germany-based maintenance, overhaul and interiors completion and refurbishment giant, continues to expand its U.S. presence. First it acquired BizJet International in Tulsa, Okla., then established a nearby interiors engineering design office. Now Lufthansa has announced it will open a widebody business jet completion hangar at Tulsa International Airport.
Bombardier Canadair CL-600 Challenger, Aspen, Colo., Feb. 9, 2006–The NTSB said the cause of the accident was the Challenger’s encounter with wake turbulence.
Bombardier’s proposal to build a three-row stretch follow-on of its 86-seat CRJ900 not only begs the question why, but perhaps more immediately, how. Bombardier v-p of marketing and sales Trung Ngo has built the business case for an airplane that would represent the third stretch of a tube originally meant for the Challenger business jet.
Eric Wicksell is suing Bombardier for negligence, claiming the Challenger 601 is defective because operating and training manuals didn't disclose what he alleges is the twinjet's high susceptibility to icing. Wicksell was the copilot of the Challenger 601 involved in a crash at Montrose Regional Airport, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004. Three people were killed in the accident, including a son of NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol.
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.
The last Bombardier Challenger 604, S/N 5665, rolled off the assembly line at the Canadian OEM’s Montreal plant on October 3. It marks the conclusion of a long run for a design launched at the Paris Air Show in 1993. The last of 365 built, the airplane will have a highly customized executive/VIP cabin done at Midcoast Aviation in East Alton, Ill. Delivery is scheduled for the spring.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that on October 5 Transport Canada granted approval for the new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and aircraft window modifications on the Challenger 605, one month ahead of schedule. Approvals by the FAA and other regulatory agencies are expected within weeks, a company spokesman said.