A Learjet 35A operating as a medical evacuation flight crashed November 19 shortly after it took off from Runway 9R at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. All four people aboard were killed. About a minute after departure, the crew told ATC they needed to return to the airport and shortly thereafter transmitted a “Mayday” call. The aircraft hit the water about three miles northeast of the Florida airport.
It still seems unusual to climb into the cockpit of a sophisticated modern jet like Bombardier’s rejuvenated Learjet 75 and find a Garmin suite instead of a panel full of Honeywell or Rockwell Collins avionics. It isn’t hard to figure out; there are no flight management system control display units in the Learjet 75’s pedestal. Indeed, it seems that the concept of the standalone FMS has been banished from the jet’s Bombardier Vision (Garmin G5000) flight deck.
When it comes to unzipping the belly of a Beechcraft King Air to install a sophisticated camera system or modifying classic Learjets with modern radios and new hushkits, the team at Avcon Industries in Newton, Kan., knows exactly what it takes to get such a project done.
The number of accidents and fatalities for business jet and turboprop operations worldwide increased substantially in the first nine months, compared with the same period last year. According to statistics gathered by AIN, U.S.-registered business jets suffered 22 accidents in the first three quarters versus 11 mishaps in the same period a year ago.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Springfield, Ill., Jan. 6, 2011–After a hard landing at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, the twinjet, registered to Nevada-based Aga Aviation, slid off the runway and caught fire, substantially damaging it and causing minor injuries to the two pilots. The four passengers were uninjured.
The National Aeronautic Association confirmed that a Bombardier Learjet 60XR set a speed record between Wichita and São Paulo. The midsize jet flew the 4,777-nm trip in 11:58 hours, which included time for a fuel stop in Cali, Colombia, on August 8. Piloting the Learjet on the record flight were Bombardier demonstration pilots Chris Walker and Kerry Swanson.
In recent months FAA Administrator Babbitt has promoted specific tailored hypoxia training, along with high-altitude handling, for commercial and private pilots who want to fly at high altitude. Indeed, FAA Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14CFR) establishes mandatory requirements for high-altitude training using military altitude chambers at 15 U.S.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Prospect Heights, Ill., Jan. 5, 2010–The twinjet, owned and operated as a cargo hauler by Waterford, Mich.-based Royal Air Freight, was destroyed when it crashed into a forest preserve approximately two miles short of Chicago Executive Airport, killing the pilot and copilot. The Learjet landed in the Des Plaines River at the conclusion of a short flight from Pontiac-Oakland County Airport.
As business aircraft flight hours have increased over the last year, so too have turboprop accidents, according to first-half statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based business aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. The turboprop segment saw 24 crashes in the first half, up from 14 in the first six months of last year. Of those 24 accidents, three were fatal, resulting in seven deaths.
First-quarter accident statistics involving U.S.-registered aircraft released yesterday by Boca Raton, Fla.-based Robert E. Breiling Associates show the number of accidents among business turboprops has nearly doubled over the year-ago period. In the first three months of this year, there have been 15 turboprop accidents, three of which were fatal, resulting in a total of seven deaths.
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