The second prototype of Eurocopter’s new medium twin helicopter, the EC175, made its first flight last month at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Marignane, France. The 45-minute sortie focused on basic handling qualities and system functionality.
AINalerts » December 21, 2010
A German-registered Hawker Beechcraft Premier I crashed on Sunday during approach to Samedan Airport in Switzerland, killing the 48-year-old captain and the 29-year-old first officer. No one else was aboard, as the twinjet was to pick up passengers at the resort. The aircraft hit the ground north of the threshold of Runway 21 after the pilots had chosen to go around after a first missed approach during snowfall.
In its latest monthly business jet report, released last week, investment research firm UBS saw a slight increase in the overall used aircraft inventory in November, its fourth straight monthly increase following a steady declining trend over the past 14 months. Available aircraft inventories were 3 percent higher than those in July.
Hawker Beechcraft has reached a formal agreement with the state of Kansas that the Wichita OEM says provides a “significant” incentive for “the company to maintain its presence in Wichita over the next 10 years.” The state’s incentive package requires Hawker Beechcraft to maintain its current product lines in Wichita and retain at least 4,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
The first conforming Honda Aircraft HA-420 HondaJet took off from Runway 5 at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., at 3:31 p.m. EST yesterday.