At press time, investigators near the town of Boushin in northern Iraq discovered the site where a Citation I/SP crashed on February 16. The accident killed all four passengers and two crew aboard. The twinjet (D-IMRX, S/N 688) was operated by Lech Air. It was on a flight to Iraq from Azerbaijan. There were no immediate indications that the aircraft was shot down.
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Sino Swearingen has selected Global Jet Services as the maintenance training provider for its new business jet, the SJ30-2. In the coming months the Simsbury, Conn.-based firm will develop an eight-day basic course available at the OEM’s San Antonio headquarters, as well as on site at customer locations. The SJ30-2 was certified last October, but deliveries have yet to start.
Dassault is about to flight-test production-conforming modifications that should boost the range of its new Falcon 7X. Officials at the French manufacturer last month revealed that the average customer is choosing options and cabin equipment that are raising aircraft weight beyond earlier expectations. On many aircraft the weight gain is cutting range to just short of the promised 5,700 nm.
Former Sino Swearingen president and CEO Carl Chen and former senior v-p of sales and marketing Gene Comfort are, in separate lawsuits, suing the company for wrongful termination and other alleged offenses.
Falcon 900EX N973M sustained minor damage during a landing overrun at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on March 3. According to the NTSB, due to the wind (290 degrees at 10 knots), the pilots added 10 knots to their landing approach speed of 120 knots. Just before touchdown on Runway 24, the control tower reported the wind from 290 degrees at 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots.
General aviation manufacturers last year posted an all-time record for billings and
a four-year high in new turbine airplane deliveries. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), billings of $15.1 billion on the shipment of 3,580 piston and turbine airplanes last year were a 27.2-percent increase from the $11.9 billion and 2,963 airplanes in 2004.
Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Gerard Schkolnik as director of its supersonic technology programs. Among other projects, the former NASA engineer will work on sonic-boom suppression. Gulfstream has under study a proposed “quiet supersonic business jet.”
While the FAA drastically reduced its estimate about the number of very light jets (VLJs) to take to the air in the next decade, comments and speeches at the agency’s 31st annual forecast conference in Washington early last month indicate there will be changes in the way the aviation industry pays for operating the nation’s airspace system.
Universal Avionics and Kansas City Aviation Center have teamed to develop a three-screen LCD upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12. Designed as a replacement for the workhorse turboprop’s Bendix/King EFIS 40 cockpit, the Universal EFI-890R avionics system includes a pair of PFDs and an MFD, each measuring 8.9 inches diagonally.
Sino Swearingen has selected Greenville, S.C.-based Stevens Aviation as the OEM’s first North American authorized service facility for the new SJ30-2 light jet. Sino Swearingen plans to have a network of factory-owned and factory-authorized service facilities “in strategic areas where it makes sense,” the company told AIN.