Two Raytheon-hired contract pilots and a potential buyer were killed when their Beech 1900C on a sales demo flight crashed December 9 in mountainous terrain near Eagleton, Ark. At press time, investigators had no clue as to what caused the crash of the 1990 twin turboprop, N127YV, registered to Raytheon Aircraft Credit. The flight had taken off from Wichita at 10:30 a.m., about an hour before the accident.
Growth at Salina Airport in Kansas has been so rapid that the airport is running out of hangar and office space for businesses that want to move to the airport. A new $6 million hangar complex is under construction and is on track to open in the third quarter. The 69,000-sq-ft complex includes 41,400 sq ft of hangar space, 22,600 sq ft of office space and a 5,000-sq-ft customer service area.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A90, Wallkill, N.Y., July 27, 2007–The “very hard” landing of the King Air, breaking off the right main gear, was caused by the pilot’s improper flare, the NTSB concluded. The pilot had overflown the airport and saw no indication of wind speed or direction. The King Air flew over trees, then “dropped down” on approach “a little fast, and had a very hard landing.” There were no injuries.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A100, Chino, Calif., Nov. 6, 2007–The crash of King Air N30GC, registered to RHB-JMJ of Chino, killed the two crewmembers, the only occupants. The twin turboprop was taking off from Chino Airport, where the visibility was a quarter mile in fog, and hit trees about three-quarters of a mile from the departure end of Runway 26R.
There are many new jets and a few new turboprops on designers’ drawing boards, but the volume of new aircraft making it to the entry-into-service point remains fairly low, considering all the projects in the hopper. Last year, only two new clean-sheet designs–the Quest Kodiak and Falcon 7X–joined the ranks of aircraft certified and beginning deliveries.
RAYTHEON BEECH 1900D, ALBANY, N.Y., OCT. 16, 2003–During the takeoff roll of a Beech 1900, operated by CommutAir as Continental Connection Flight 8718, the flight crew was unable to rotate the airplane and aborted the takeoff uneventfully. Examination revealed that when the elevator trim wheel in the cockpit was positioned to neutral, the elevator trim was actually in the full nose-down position.
Raytheon Aircraft has chosen Avtrak to provide aircraft maintenance and compliance tracking technology for its Web-based factory aircraft comprehensive tracking system (Facts), which supports both Beechcraft and Hawker customers.
Raytheon Aircraft has selected airborne telecommunications equipment company AirCell’s ST3100 Iridium-based satcom system as standard equipment on the Beechcraft King Air 350 and as an option on the B200.
Just when it looked as if the image of the regional airline industry escaped relatively unscathed from last year’s spate of accidents, the crash of two more regional airliners in Missouri last month thrust it right back into the glare of public scrutiny. The first, involving a Pinnacle Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 on October 14, killed the two pilots flying the airplane on a positioning flight from Little Rock, Ark., to Minneapolis.
Raytheon Aircraft announced a lightweight interior modification for its Premier I that the company says reduces cabin average noise level to 82.2 dBA on takeoff and 73.6 dBA during long-range cruise.