Sikorsky’s S-76D made its first flight on Saturday at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla. test facility. The helicopter taxied, hovered, made hover turns and achieved a top forward speed of 40 knots during the 30-minute flight. The flight came three years after Sikorsky began development of the latest S-76 variant. “The next generation of the S-76 helicopter begins today,” said program manager Jason Durno.
AINalerts » February 10, 2009
Bombardier Aerospace has tapped the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University to provide material and structural testing and certification for the new Learjet 85. NIAR will be involved in FAA certification of the all-composite midsize twinjet, ranging from small coupon sample testing to structural certification of full-scale components.
NBAA, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) late last week sent a joint letter to the TSA urging the agency to establish a rulemaking committee to address questions and concerns raised by industry and government about the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
Prosecutors in Brazil are appealing the dropping of some accusations in the 2006 midair collision between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600. The airliner crashed into the Amazon forest, killing all 154 aboard, while the business jet made an emergency landing at an Air Force base.
Sparta, N.J.-based Brian Foley Associates president Brian Foley foresees a recovery of the business aviation industry in the middle of next year, but not before unavoidable pain.