EADS Socata last month introduced the TBM 850 turboprop single, a more powerful, faster derivative of the TBM 700. During a press conference on December 14 in Paris, company executives insisted the already certified aircraft’s performance will be competitive with that of very light jets (VLJs).
It’s no secret that the NetJets pilot contract ratified in late November raised the bar for fractional pilot pay. Within hours of the tentative agreement’s release in early October, speculation began about when pilots at the other major fractionals would get an equivalent raise.
David Bender was named president of the electronics group at Lynwood, Wash.-based Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Bender was previously v-p of operations at Aerojet General Corp. Tim King was named director of sales and marketing for the company’s aerospace group.
Gulfstream GIV, Newark, N.J., March 16, 2005–The NTSB blamed the ground collision of a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and a Gulfstream GIV on the Boeing flightcrew’s misjudged clearance of the parked Gulfstream during taxiing.
Cessna 550 Citation II, Venice, Fla., Aug. 25, 2004–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the Citation accident was the pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall and undershoot of the runway.
Eurocopter AS 350-B2, Scottsdale, Ariz., July 1, 2004–The NTSB determined that the accident was the result of “the inadvertent in-flight engagement of the collective down lock, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent and ground impact.
Bombardier Learjet 35, Truckee, Calif., Dec. 28, 2005–The two pilots on board the Learjet were killed when it crashed short of the runway when landing at Truckee-Tahoe Airport. Winds were 20 knots; light rain and mist were reported.
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