High-wing, low-wing, single-engine or twin, Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam showed off all of them at its stand, MD-021, on the opening day of Sun ‘n Fun 2014. The company introduced its newest model, the low-wing Astore LSA, of which has more than 30 are flying in Europe, to the U.S.
This week Airbus Defence and Space unveiled the Orlik MPT, an upgrade of the PZL-130 Orlik (eaglet) trainer that made its first flight in 1984 and has been the Polish air force’s basic trainer since entering service in 1993. The new version introduces a host of improvements intended to equip it to serve as the initial step in a new-look Polish training syllabus, and the unveiling follows Poland’s decision to procure the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 to serve as the advanced/lead-in trainer before successful students progress to Poland’s front-line F-16 fighters.
On February 28 Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Rostislav Apollosovich Belyakov passed away, just days before his 95th birthday. Little known outside Russia until the late 1980s, Belyakov was the brilliant aeronautical engineer behind much of the successful MiG jet fighter dynasty. Despite taking on the running of the Mikoyan OKB (design bureau) from 1971, Belyakov remained very much a “hands-on” manager, leading or co-leading the design teams that produced the MiG-23, 25, 27, 29 and 31, which became the backbone of the Soviet/Russian air force.
Cessna Aircraft’s Citation Latitude prototype has already achieved its full performance envelope, just one week after the aircraft’s maiden flight. In only its third flight, the prototype reached its maximum speed of 440 ktas/Mach 0.80 and altitude of 45,000 feet. In fact, the midsize twinjet made a direct climb to 45,000 feet with a gross takeoff weight of 29,000 pounds.
Cessna Aircraft celebrated Christmas two days early with first deliveries today of both the new Citation M2 and the Citation Sovereign+ models. Deliveries began immediately following certifications by the Federal Aviation Administration, with the first M2 going to best-selling author, pilot and former Citation Mustang owner Stuart Woods.
A Cessna 208 Grand Caravan operated by Makani Kai Air crashed after the engine quit shortly after takeoff from Kalaupapa Airport, Hawaii, on December 11. One person died after the aircraft impacted the water. The injuries of the remaining eight people, one of whom was the pilot, were not reported. The aircraft was destined for Honolulu International Airport at the time of the accident.
Last Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, was one of those perfect Northern California late-autumn days, and it was a day off so I took my stepfather Dennis flying. Although he has a private pilot certificate he no longer flies. But every time I visit he asks if I can take him flying. This time, the answer was “Yes,” instead of the usual, “No, because I’m not checked out at any of the local airplane rental companies.”
The wreckage of a Polish-built M18 Dromader water bomber was located on October 30 in the rough terrain of southeastern New South Wales. A witness to the October 24 accident, which killed the pilot, reported that one of the wings broke off before the aircraft hit the ground. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded seven other models of the same aircraft as a precaution.
Alexander Mikheev has been named CEO of Russian Helicopters. He previously served as deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s weapon export agency.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s final report on the crash of a Beechcraft King Air 100 at Vancouver International Airport in October 2011 concluded that the chain of events that led to the accident began with poor pilot preflight action. Neither of the two pilots noticed the left engine’s oil reservoir cap was not firmly latched shut.
The crew was alerted to an oil leak in the left engine before takeoff but failed to take action until receiving a low oil pressure warning light about 10 minutes after takeoff.