Cessna Citation 550, Manteo, N.C., Oct. 1, 2010–After landing at Dare County Regional Airport at the end of a Part 91 flight from Tampa, Fla., the Citation II was substantially damaged when it skidded off the end of Runway 23 and came to rest in Croatan Sound. According to witnesses, the twinjet made a steep approach on landing and touched down with 2,100 feet of runway remaining.
This AIN pilot/reporter had an opportunity to fly the Eclipse on two different occasions, once on a short cross-country trip in March between Chicago and Nashville and again to Rockford, Ill., for some approaches, landings
and airwork. My instructor pilot was North American Jet Eclipse instructor Mike Vautell.
Richard Whitcomb, 88, the long-time NASA engineer des-cribed as the most significant aerodynamics contributor of the second half of the 20th century, died on October 13 in Newport News, Va. He was the recipient of the prestigious Collier Trophy for his discovery of the area rule fuselage, which gave fighter jets supersonic speed and greater range, and his supercritical wing and winglets are found on many of today’s aircraft designs.
Air France Flight 447, the Airbus A330-200 that was lost over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil in June, was the elephant in the room when AeroMechanical Services (AMS) briefed the press on its Flyht Automated Flight Information Reporting System (Afirs) at NBAA yesterday.
The NTSB on Friday released a cockpit voice recorder transcript, group factual reports and other documents from the agency’s investigation of the Sept. 19, 2008, overrun crash of a Learjet 60 in Columbia, S.C. In that accident, the Learjet’s pilots attempted to abort the takeoff after a high-speed tire burst, according to the Safety Board.
The NTSB issued six recommendations stemming from the Sept. 19, 2008 overrun crash of a Learjet 60. In its recommendations to the FAA, the Safety Board wrote that it wants Bombardier to change the design of the Learjet 60 thrust-lever system so that the reverse-lever positions in the cockpit match the positions of the thrust-reverser mechanisms at the engines when the thrust reversers stow.
The NTSB on Friday issued six recommendations stemming from the Sept. 19, 2008 overrun crash of a Learjet 60. In that accident, the Learjet 60’s pilots attempted to abort the high-speed takeoff after a tire burst, according to the Safety Board.
Two former officials of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration along with former President Clinton’s national science advisor have issued a report suggesting that the space agency should return to its roots by restoring the aeronautics portion of its mission.
Flying Colours, an Ontario-based independent completion and refurbishment center, has been awarded a contract to manage the aircraft paint scheme refurbishment for private jet programs provider Flight Options.