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.
Microturbo (Booth No. 4287) is on track to perform a first test run of its so-called e-APU family of auxiliary power units for business jets by the end of the year. The company intends to achieve certification in 2011, having recently reached an agreement with the Triumph group to provide a gear box for the APUs, which are intended to deliver the additional electrical power required by new business aircraft.
Lithium batteries, as used in cellphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, have been in the news recently, as airlines have severely limited their carriage on aircraft due to the hazard of fire. So it might not seem an opportune time to begin marketing a lithium battery designed to replace nicad and lead-acid aircraft batteries.
JetSet Media of Kansas City, Mo., has signed up Jet Aviation’s U.S. FBO network for installation of JetSet’s free digital signage system. FBOs can install the free system, which includes a large plasma or liquid crystal display in their lobbies, in exchange for allowing JetSet to run advertisements on the units, which the FBO can approve in advance.
The FAA has extended the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months (five years) and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40. According to AOPA, current and expired medical certificates are grandfathered under this rule. The second-class medical duration remains at 12 calendar months, regardless of pilot age.
Fortunately, it was a clear, sunny day (rather than the proverbial dark, stormy night) over the Northeast when the electrical power gridwork gave up the ghost at 4:11 p.m. on August 14. Though 9/11 jitters surfaced, initial fears of terrorism were quickly calmed. U.S. and Canadian power providers were pointing fingers at each other long before most affected areas had their lights back on.
Flight Safety Technologies of Mystic, Conn., is developing two hazardous warning systems–Socrates and Unicorn. Its Socrates wake-vortex detection and tracking technology is slated to be tested for a month at Denver International Airport starting August 15. Unicorn is a collision avoidance system designed particularly to prevent midairs between piloted airplanes and government-operated unmanned aerial vehicles.