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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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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.
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...
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
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& 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.
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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...
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...
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 Mustangs
PW615F engine on a CitationJet test bed. More...
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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