Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Heber Springs, Ark., Aug. 11, 2008–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the forced landing by the Hillsboro Aviation LongRanger following loss of power was improper installation of the PC line on the Rolls-Royce 250-C30P engine, which resulted in a partial loss of power.
An FAA policy memo issued last month highlights the potential safety hazards associated with the rechargeable lithium batteries in electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers. The memo requires Class 1 and 2 EFB users to test onboard battery charging to RTCA/DO-311 standards or add placards stating that no equipment containing rechargeable lithium batteries may be connected to aircraft electrical power.
Savings of up to 40 percent on jet fuel for the Rolls-Royce 250 turbine-engine family? That is the prospect offered by Frontline Aerospace, said company CEO Ryan Wood in describing an emerging aviation technology called gas turbine recuperation.
An FAA policy memo issued last week highlights the potential safety hazards associated with the rechargeable lithium batteries in electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.
General Electric’s Unison Industries subsidiary has sold its Aircraft Parts Corporation (APC) business unit to TransDigm Group for approximately $68 million in cash. APC, a 50-year-old company based in Holtsville, N.Y., manufactures turbine-engine starter generators, generator control units and related components for Cessna Citations, Bombardier Learjets and Bell and Agusta helicopters.
Naasco Northeast has announced its Mercury Mod configured starter generators have accumulated more than one million combined flight hours on Eurocopters, including the AS 350, AS 355, AS 365, EC 120, EC 130, EC 135 and EC 145.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Baton Rouge, La., April 25, 2008–Structural failure of the right main landing gear torque knee caused the King Air’s gear to collapse on landing at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the NTSB determined. Failure to inspect the torque knee at the designated 1,000-hour interval, as required by AD 2002-01-10, was a contributing factor.
Brian Foley Associates, a business aviation consultancy that provides market analysis to the investment community, believes the peak for business jet backlogs likely occurred in the third quarter and will begin shrinking for the predictable future.
A casual glance at the item exhibited by Tesla Industries (Stand No. 723) could lead to the conclusion that it is a single-product company. That may be true in the broadest sense because its product catalog mostly lists ground power units that are similar in appearance, but all are notable for being one-man portable.
Aerospace Optics of Forth Worth, Texas, the manufacturer of Vivisun mil-spec lighted pushbutton switches and programmable displays, is here at NBAA presenting its Web-based Vivisun Configurator, an online part specification system.