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WHERE'S MY BIZJET?"
It's not the same as the strange case of the missing 727 from a couple
of years ago, but it's not the same as stealing a Cessna for a joy ride, either. "It" is
last weekend's apparent theft of a Cessna Citation VII, which went
missing from the St. Augustine (Fla.) Airport (SGJ) sometime Saturday
and mysteriously materialized a few hundred miles away at the Gwinnett
County Airport/Briscoe Field (LVL) in Lawrenceville, Ga., Sunday
morning, according to The Associated Press. Published reports say the
jet -- which is operated by Pinnacle Air Jet Charter -- landed at SGJ
at about 10:40 a.m. local time Saturday. According to the AP, the
jet's crew parked the Citation on the ramp, turned loose their
passengers and waited for an outbound flight assignment. It was a
lengthy wait -- the crew first realized their jet was missing on
Monday morning. By Monday, the Citation had already been parked at LVL
for at least a day -- since the tower at LVL is closed overnight,
local authorities believe the Citation landed before 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
The pool of likely suspects can't be that large, of course -- how many
Citation VII-qualified pilots were there in the St. Augustine area
last Saturday? More...
THE SEASON: ICING WARNINGS ABOUND ...
Last Thursdays fatal crash of a Cessna Caravan 208B as it tried
to return to the Winnipeg (Canada) International Airport has
highlighted not only the types problematic history with airframe
icing but also the onset of the Northern Hemispheres winter
season. In last weeks crash, Nancy Chase-Allan, 49, apparently
was attempting to return to the airport after encountering conditions
the single-engine turboprop could not handle. According to the
Brandon, Manitoba, Sun newspaper, Chase-Allen radioed controllers at
the airport, I need an immediate back to the field
Im icing up to the point where, uh, I need to come back.
The aircraft, operated by Morningstar Air Express as a FedEx feeder
flight, crashed shortly thereafter as the pilot complied with vectors
back to the airport. Cessnas Caravan series has recently seen
heightened government and industry scrutiny of both its icing
certification and behavior when confronted with winter weather.
LETS BE CAREFUL OUT THERE ...
Perhaps with one eye on the calendar and another on last seasons
icing-related accidents involving high-end general aviation aircraft,
three aviation trade groups this week published a joint letter
announcing a safety-awareness program designed to mitigate the risk of
incidents related to ice contamination. The letter to business aviation operators
and FBOs highlights the extra measures operators should take
when operating in a winter climate. The letter also provides
references to online resources containing detailed guidance and
comprehensive educational tools for icing operations. The General
Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA) and National Air Transportation Association (NATA)
jointly developed the letter and the program it announces.
NO MATTER WHAT YOU FLY
When considering the Caravan, many industry observers believe many of
the types problems can be traced to pilots who may be flying an
aircraft approved for flight in known icing for the first time. After
perhaps years of dealing with icing conditions from the left seat of
an airplane armed only with a heated pitot tube, pilots see the big
turbine, deicing boots and other equipment installed on the Caravan
and consider themselves suddenly immune. But in-flight icing
conditions can affect even the most capable aircraft, as Canadas
Transportation Safety Board (TSB) noted earlier this year when it
issued its final report involving two similar incidents at the
Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport on Dec. 7, 2002. In
both incidents, Airbus A321-211 aircraft operated by Air Canada in
scheduled passenger operations were involved, disproving the theory
that larger aircraft are immune to airframe icing considerations.
CITATION CJ2+ GETS FAA PAPERS
If youve been awaiting delivery of your very own Citation CJ2+,
you may not have much longer until you get the keys. Thats
because Cessna last week said the FAA has granted type certification
to the newest member of the manufacturers lineup, which was
first announced less than a year ago, at the National Business
Aviation Associations annual convention. The Model 525A Citation
CJ2+ -- a growth model of the CJ2 -- was certified after slightly more
than 80 flights and 190 flight hours. When compared to its
predecessor, the "plus" model offers an increased maximum payload of
300 pounds over the CJ2, which the company says enables operation in a
weight environment of "single pilot plus 1,800 pounds." "Receiving
certification on the CJ2+ speaks clearly to the very important and
ongoing partnership between our customers and our employees," said
Jack J. Pelton, Cessnas chairman, president and CEO.
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AIR 350 BULKS UP
Raytheon late last month said it had obtained Commuter category
certification of a heavier Beechcraft King Air 350. The new model
features a host of airframe modifications, including heavyweight
landing gear, designed to allow operations at a maximum gross takeoff
weight of 16,500 pounds, an increase of 1,500 pounds over a standard
Beechcraft King Air 350. Once a set of nacelle-mounted fuel tanks is
certified, the bulked-up model will be dubbed the King Air 350ER.
Aimed at the special mission market, the new version will have the
ability to fly a short-range positioning leg of 100 nm, perform a
low-altitude surveillance mission for up to eight hours and return to
its base, landing with more than 45 minutes of fuel on board.
Certification of the King Air 350ER is still slated for the summer of
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CZECH MAY BE CARRYING THE MAIL
If Czech Republic airframer Evektor-Aerotechnik has its way, its newly
proposed EV-55 twin turboprop may soon make a dent in the
corporate/utility/training markets. Late last month, Pratt & Whitney
Canada (PWC) announced that the EV-55 will be powered by two PT6A-21
engines of 550 shp apiece, giving the to-be-certified twin a cruise
speed of 220 knots at 10,000 feet. The PWC announcement --
Evektor-Aerotechnik hasnt formally commented on its plans,
although the company has a detailed Web site covering the model --
included reference to completion of the first EV-55 prototype being
scheduled for mid-2007, with type certification to FAR Part 23 to
follow by the end of 2008. If you've heard of Evektor-Aerotechnik,
you're not alone: the company is a leading European manufacturer of
Light Sport (in the U.S.), JAR-VLA (in Europe) and so-called
"microlight" aircraft. More...
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SELECTS BMW TO DESIGN BIZJET INTERIORS
Embraer last week announced it had chosen BMW Group DesignworksUSA to
design the interior of its recently launched Very Light Jet and Light
Jet. The Brazil-based airframer said BMW Group DesignworksUSA
delivered "a design solution that creates a feeling of serenity upon
entering our aircraft through a simple and elegant first impression."
Amenities incorporated into the designs include a private lavatory and
a refreshment center, an executive table, and entertainment and
communications at the passengers' fingertips, according to Embraer.
"In close collaboration with the customer and BMW Group
DesignworksUSA, the final design solution reflects customer
requirements, melding function and style," said Luís Carlos
Affonso, Embraer Senior Vice-President, Executive Aviation.
RAYTHEON SHUFFLE MEDIA, MARKETING, SALES STAFFS
Wichita's Cessna and Raytheon recently announced a series of changes
in the lineups in their respective media and sales departments. Cessna
led off the festivities when it named long-time AVweb friend
Steve Fushelberger as its new vice president of marketing, effective
Sept. 26, 2005. He will report to Senior Vice President of Sales and
Marketing Roger Whyte. On the 26th, Raytheon said it tapped Mike
Turner to become senior manager, media relations, which will involve
developing and managing Raytheon Aircraft Companys media
strategy for local, trade, national, business and international media.
Then, last week, Cessna named three vice presidents in its Citation
sales organization: Mike Luethye, vice president, national sales west;
Gordon Vieth, vice president, national sales east; and Trevor Esling,
vice president, international sales. The three will continue to report
to Mark Paolucci, vice president of Citation sales. More...
YOUR INBOX ...
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on Oct. 26. See you then... More...
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