Volume 3, Number 3 -- February 9, 2005

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TEB CHALLENGER CRASH FORCES QUESTIONS...
The fiery Feb. 2, 2005, crash of a chartered Canadair Challenger 600-1A11 attempting to depart the Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) is raising a lot of questions about chartered aircraft safety in general and, specifically, how aircraft in the Challenger series are flown. In addition to an NTSB "go" team, official government interest includes a planned Feb. 18 meeting between FAA and industry officials to discuss ways to improve pilot training and decision-making skills. Most important, though, is the question of why there has been a string of highly visible business aircraft crashes in recent months and what can be done about them. While the Feb. 2 TEB crash did not result in fatalities, it was a near thing. More...

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...ON HEELS OF OTHER BIZAV CRASHES...
The Feb. 2 Challenger crash is the latest in a series of other accidents, another of which also involved a Challenger. On Nov. 28, a chartered Challenger 601-2A12 was destroyed when it impacted terrain during the takeoff roll from the Montrose (Colo.) Regional Airport. Two died. Also in November, a chartered Gulfstream G-III crashed on approach to Houston's William P. Hobby Airport at the end of a positioning flight to pick up former president George H.W. Bush; all three aboard were killed. And, in October, a Beech King Air 200 crashed into a mountain while attempting an approach to the Blue Ridge Airport in Martinsville, Va. All 10 aboard the turboprop died. More...

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...WHILE BOMBARDIER DEFENDS CHALLENGER RECORD
The Feb. 2 crash at TEB also raised questions about the Challenger itself. The TEB crash, along with November's in Colorado, had industry observers questioning both the crews' judgment and the airplane's behavior in cold weather. Again, the NTSB has not yet determined the probable causes of either accident, but there is rampant speculation among industry observers that the Colorado crash resulted from an ice-contaminated wing. In the TEB crash, the airplane had arrived earlier that morning without incident but conditions on the ground were conducive to forming frost. More...

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BELL UNWRAPS NEW 429 LIGHT TWIN COPTER
In Anaheim, Calif., at the Helicopter Association International's annual Heli-Expo convention, Bell Helicopter introduced the company's all-new Bell Model 429 light twin helicopter. Two complete mock-ups of the new copter were rolled out, a wheeled corporate version followed by an EMS version. The category A helicopter will feature a 220-cubic-foot cabin volume, which Bell says is more than 70% larger than its current light twin, the Model 427; have a useful load of 2700 pounds in a single-pilot IFR configuration; and have a range of 365 nm with full payload. For EMS operations, the 429 will include a two-patient capability, a flat floor to optimize mission flexibility and clamshell doors at the rear and sliding doors on each side of the fuselage. More...

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PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA LAUNCHES PW210 TURBOSHAFT ENGINE
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) this week announced a new-generation turboshaft engine series, the PW210, designed for large single and intermediate/medium twin helicopters. The first model of the series, the PW210S, has been selected by Sikorsky to power its forthcoming S-76D helicopter, which will target corporate, offshore oil, hospital, airline and government operators worldwide. According to the company, the PW210 series will incorporate the latest technology in materials and compressor design, as well as a dual channel, full authority digital electronic control system (FADEC). The company expects the new powerplant will produce 10 to 20 percent more power while burning less fuel than other engines in its class. More...

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BOMBARDIER LAUNCHES SKYJET INTERNATIONAL
Bombardier last month introduced Skyjet International, which it bills as the first integrated global charter program providing customers with unrestricted and fixed-price access to more than 900 business jets worldwide. The company also said it is expanding into the Middle East, expanding a charter-aircraft network already operating across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Bombardier Skyjet International is scheduled to begin service this month and will combine the company's current Flexjet Europe and Flexjet Asia-Pacific program under one banner. More...

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RAYTHEON ROLLS OUT 400TH HAWKER 400XP
The Raytheon Aircraft Company said it reached a major milestone last month when the 400th Hawker 400XP rolled off the company's assembly line. Formerly the Beechjet 400A, it joined Raytheon's Hawker "family" of business jets in May 2003, to help the company maintain brand recognition. Billed as the most successful aircraft in the fractional market, the Hawker 400XP features a 200-pound gross-weight increase over its predecessor and was selected by NetJets to be the backbone of its fleet. More...

CESSNA REPORTS "SOLID" 2004, EXCEEDS GOALS
The Cessna Aircraft Company said it ended 2004 with deliveries totaling 179 Citations, 64 Caravans and 654 single-engine piston airplanes, yielding $2.5 billion and $5.4 billion in back orders for the year. In addition to the sales numbers, Cessna also managed the certification and delivery of the Citation CJ3, XLS and Sovereign; certification and delivery of the G1000-equipped 182T Skylane, T182T Turbo Skylane, 206H Stationair and T206H Turbo Stationair. First flights included the Citation CJ1+ and the Citation Mustang’s PW615F engine on a CitationJet test bed. More...

NASA BUDGET CUTS AERONAUTICS
For decades, industry has lamented NASA's lack of emphasis on its first "A," aeronautics. Now, as the agency's fiscal year 2006 budget request is transmitted to Congress for action, comes evidence that industry was right all along. While space exploration got a boost in funding from $2.684 billion last year to $3.165 billion, the agency's aeronautics budget has been placed on a descent for the next five fiscal years. More...

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