Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900C, Rumbek, Sudan, May 2, 2008–Twenty people were killed when the chartered Flex Air Cargo Unlimited Beech 1900 lost power in both engines and crashed near Rumbek. The flight departed Wau in Southern Sudan, en route to Juba, also in southern Sudan, with a planned stop at Rumbek. An NTSB technical advisor is assisting the Government of Southern Sudan in the investigation.
Israel has requested the possible sale of 25 Hawker Beechcraft T-6A Texan II basic pilot training aircraft. The Israeli Air Force is the last user of the French Fouga Magister basic jet trainer, which dates from the early 1960s. These aircraft have high fuel and maintenance costs and poor serviceability. If Israel takes all the requested options, the order could cost $190 million.
Avolar, the “stand alone” UAL Corp. subsidiary created in April to launch a new business aviation venture, has declared that despite the September 11 terrorist attacks and their devastating impact on America’s aviation industry, “Our business plan is unchanged; however, Avolar is now seeking equity investors to share the burden of funding.” Avolar was originally created as United BizJet Holdings.
New Berlin, Wisconsin-based EMTEQ (Booth No. 1336) has finalized the acquisition of Cable Technologies of Montana Inc. (CTI), a manufacturer of wire and cable related assemblies based in Great Falls, Montana. EMTEQ specializes in avionics systems and integration, lighting and “cabin comfort” for business aircraft and helicopters, as well as military and air transport aircraft.
Under the general heading of “We’re surprised it hadn’t happened sooner” comes this story from James City, Va. about a helicopter that made what may, or may not, have been an emergency landing and the trigger-happy neighbor who, convinced he was witnessing terrorist activity, took a couple of potshots at the rotorcraft with his handy assault rifle. At 8 a.m.
Plano, Texas Police threatened to close the airspace over future news events after helicopters from nearby television stations disrupted their attempts to end an armed, 12-hour standoff in March. Police said noise from orbiting television stations’ news helicopters hampered tactical officers’ ability to communicate with the suspect.
A union leader has accused American Eagle of declaring war on its pilots after the company announced it was transferring 14 regional jets to another airline.
Marxist rebels on February 20 abducted a Colombian senator after hijacking an Aires Colombia de Havilland Dash 8 flying a domestic service from the southern city of Neiva to Bogota.
The Boeing joint direct attack munition (JDAM) is being released to Saudi Arabia, which could acquire as many of 900 of these tail kits that add “smart” GPS guidance to “dumb” bombs. The weapons are intended for the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet of F-15S Strike Eagles. Israel objected to the sale.
The largest civilian helicopter school in the U.S. abruptly ceased operations on February 3 amidst allegations by students and former employees of skewed ethics, mismanagement, misrepresentation and possible criminal activities.