Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) manager Lanny Rider told AIN last month that if Boeing follows through on plans to produce a bizliner version of its 717 at less than 100,000 pounds mtow, the airplane would be welcome at his airport. “Let ’em come on in,” he said.
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Jim Christy, vice president of Hayden, Idaho-based Aerostar Aircraft, continues his search for an investor or investors willing to put up $50 million–while not demanding the whole store– to bring the proposed turbofan-powered derivative of the Piper Aerostar 600/700 through certification and into production.
The uprated Rolls-Royce AE3007-C1 engine for the 2002 Citation X (starting with S/N 0173) has received FAA certification. The engine provides 5 percent more takeoff thrust (6,764 lb each side). Cessna said the enhanced engine performance will help to increase the Citation X’s payload capability, in addition to improving the business jet’s takeoff and climb performance.
Bombardier plans to increase the maximum takeoff weight of the Learjet 45 by at least 800 lb, bringing the mtow to 21,300 lb. With the improved weight vs payload capabilities, the Learjet 45 will now be able to take eight passengers on longer flights, such as Moscow to Madrid or Cairo to Paris, according to Bombardier.
When the Aviation and Transportation Security Act was adopted last November, the flight-training industry was told that an online system would be in place by January to expedite submissions of the required notifications to the attorney general when a foreign national applies for training in aircraft with a mtow of 12,500 lb or more (or simulators for such aircraft).
RAYTHEON KING AIR B90, WEST PALM BEACH, FLA., SEPT. 3, 1999–Eight people were killed when the King Air ran out of fuel on an IFR flight from Pontiac, Mich. to Boca Raton, Fla. The twin turboprop crashed a half mile short of West Palm Beach (Fla.) International Airport (PBI) at 0325, an alternate requested two minutes earlier.
Nav Canada’s declining revenue from reduced traffic volume over the last year as a consequence of the slowing economy and September 11 has forced the operator of Canada’s ATC system to propose a modest 3-percent across-the-board increase in service charges to the airlines, business jet operators and general aviation users.
With the Italian government still investigating the cause of the April 22 crash of a prototype Bell/Agusta AB139 helicopter near Monteleone, Rimini, in northern Italy, work toward certification is progressing. Unofficial accounts of the accident investigation point to human factors instead of mechanical failure during a high altitude, low airspeed flight.
Piper is working on boosting the max takeoff weight for its Meridian turboprop single to create a 15-percent increase in useful load. By the end of the year, Piper said it will receive certification of aerodynamic and structural changes to its Meridian that will allow a 242-lb increase in mtow from 4,850 lb to 5,092 lb.
Italy’s Vulcanair expects to begin flying its single-turboprop VF600W by the end of this month, according to Remo De Feo, president of the company’s Manassas, Va.-based distributor. The fuselage of the nine-seat, 8,600-lb-mtow airplane was derived from the Vulcanair SF600A Canguro and its high wing from the Vulcanair 600 Viator. The airplane is powered by a Walter M601F-11 turboprop engine.