Dassault Falcon 20D, Lorain, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2005–The NTSB said the USA Jet Airlines Falcon accident was caused by the “ingestion of multiple birds in each engine at takeoff, which resulted in a complete loss of engine power.” Falcon 821AA was taking off from Lorain County Regional Airport when a flock of birds flew into both engines.
Dassault Falcon 20
Finnish executive charter operator Jetflite has ordered a pair of Bombardier Challenger 604s to replace its two Dassault Falcon 20s. The Helsinki-based firm has operated a 604 since 2001, and the two new aircraft will join its fleet later this year. In addition to serving the Scandinavian market, the company operates into neighboring Russia and is active in the market for emergency medical flights.
Duncan Aviation has completed the installation and certification of a Max-Viz EVS-1000 enhanced-vision system in a customer Falcon 2000. The STC includes a provision to mount the system’s infrared camera on the vertical stabilizer and display the EVS image on two LCDs mounted on the glareshield above the pilot and copilot multifunction displays. Installed price for the system is about $146,000.
Gulfstream IV-SP, Teterboro, N.J., May 19, 2006 and Dassault Falcon 20, Morristown, N.J., May 16, 2006–At neighboring Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown Municipal (MMU), two corporate jets encountered birds in flight in May. At TEB, Gulfstream IV-SP N844GF, registered to Ford Aviation of San Francisco, struck a bird on takeoff, causing damage to the number-two engine. The jet returned to the airport and landed without incident.
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