As the investigation continues into Tuesday’s fatal crash of a Daher-Socata TBM700 in New Jersey, more details of the flight’s final moments are emerging. According to the NTSB, the pilot reported that he was “picking up ice” just before the single-engine turboprop crashed into the treed median of I-287 near Morristown, killing all five on board.
The Chester, UK facility of Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support has begun maintaining the Beechcraft Premier. The facility, which recently received the necessary EASA repair station ratings, has a long history of Hawker support and also recently received approval to service the Beech King Air 200 and 300 series. A spokesman for the company told AIN the Chester facility is an FAA-certified repair station.
A 14-year production run came to a close when the last Gulfstream G200 rolled off the final-phase assembly line at the manufacturer’s assembly plant in Dallas last month. That airplane is scheduled for customer delivery before year-end. The G200, initially certified by the FAA in 1998, was originally introduced as the Galaxy by Israel Aircraft Industries subsidiary Galaxy Aerospace, which Gulfstream acquired in 2001.
The scramble for precious slots at London Heathrow Airport has spurred a bidding war for struggling UK carrier BMI. Virgin Atlantic Airways has told Lufthansa, BMI’s owner, that it will be able to close the deal more quickly than the International Airlines Group (IAG), which launched a bid for BMI in November.
EADS Cassidian and Alenia Aeronautica signed an MoU to explore cooperation on the next generation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This is the latest maneuver within a European aerospace industry that is united in the desire to develop UAS capabilities, but divided by national and programmatic considerations. (Photo: EADS)
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued a type certificate for Embraer’s Legacy 650, allowing owners to register the jet in China. Orders for Legacy 650s during 2011 include 13 for Minsheng Financial Leasing and one for movie star Jackie Chan.
Professional Aircraft Accessories has begun construction of a 20,000-sq-ft expansion. The $2 million project is expected to be completed by next summer and will bring the company’s overall facility to 60,000 sq ft “We are bucking the economic trend,” Robert Bial, president of the Titusville, Fla.-based company, told AIN. “We were one of six companies Greenwich AeroGroup bought two years ago from Fairchild. We put together a good business plan that includes operations in business aviation, commercial aerospace and the military.
The FAA is proposing a $777,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries for allegedly operating 32 Bombardier Dash-8-400 turboprops on 49,870 flights when the aircraft were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Horizon installed new external lighting systems but didn’t conduct required tests for radio frequency and electromagnetic interference before returning the aircraft to service. The FAA discovered the compliance problems during routine surveillance. Horizon immediately completed tests and inspections before further flights.
Air Methods, a major global medical transportation company, recently announced that its United Rotorcraft division has been awarded a contract by OSF Aviation of Peoria, Ill., to complete OSF’s four new Eurocopter EC145s.
The medical interior design of the four EC145s will include several new features, including a next-generation, machined aluminum floor that will address previous problems of maintenance accessibility, re-configuration flexibility, fluid containment and ease of cleaning.
The holiday season seemed to start early last week for Boeing, as it secured no fewer than three major firm orders, including the biggest in its history.