Bombardier Learjet 55, Van Nuys, Calif., July 15, 2006–Learjet N554CL, operated by Clay Lacy Aviation, suffered an in-flight fire while on approach to Van Nuys. The crew reported that the airplane had not “cooled off” during the flight from Las Vegas. When the airplane was about 500 feet above the runway, the bleed air r and emer press annunciator lights illuminated.
Aviation International News » September 2006
Bell 206B JetRanger II, Walford, Iowa, June 30, 2006–A cameraman was killed during the shooting of a movie when the JetRanger used for the filming hit powerlines. The commercial pilot and a movie producer were seriously injured and the helicopter was destroyed. Weather was VMC and no flight plan was filed.
• The dog days of August descended on the Capitol right on schedule, and Congressional lawmakers escaped the doldrums as they usually do–by recessing for the month. Most headed for their home districts to catch up locally and
to prepare for the coming elections.
Reductions to NASA’s aeronautics budgets are undermining critical research for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS), according to Dr. Michael Romanowski, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) vice president for civil aviation.
In his first appearance before the Washington Aero Club in nearly three years, FAA Air Traffic Organization (ATO) COO Russ Chew told the group that a recent redesign of Florida airspace by the ATO has reduced delays at key south Florida airports by 50 percent.
The number of tools needed for a modern business jet maintenance shop and the hassles of keeping track of their whereabouts and calibration status seem to climb every year. FAA inspectors are increasingly concerned about calibration of even the simplest tools, and unless an operation has its own tool crib specialist, there’s a good chance that tools could easily go missing or out of calibration.
Coded departure routes (CDRs), which have been tested in business aviation during the past three years, are on track for deployment throughout the U.S. by October or November.
The center, which the company claims is the first in the country to be opened by a western rotorcraft maker, is located at Ostafievo Airport near Moscow. It is being run in partnership with Gazpromavia, the flight department of Russian energy group Gazprom, which is a Eurocopter operator.
In May Eurocopter launched Eurocopter Training Services (ETS), its full-fledged training subsidiary. It offers dedicated training for the recently introduced avionics in the European manufacturer’s products. The company also wanted to reap the fruits of a growing training market for helicopter pilots and maintenance technicians. The company expands on the training services that Eurocopter used to provide.
Russian manufacturer Rostvertol is establishing a joint venture with Lectern Aviation Supplies in Hong Kong to promote its Mi-26T heavy-lifter in the People’s Republic of China.
Western OEMs so far have not targeted the Chinese heavy-lift helicopter market sector. Rostvertol says it has already made several presentations in China and representatives have also visited its plant in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.