Raytheon Hawker 1000 (BAE 125-1000A), San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2004–The NTSB attributed the Hawker 1000 accident to an electrical arc from an undetermined source, which initiated a hydraulic line rupture, resulting in an equipment bay fire.
Dan Colussy was named interim CEO of Bethesda, Md.-based Iridium Satellite, replacing Carmen Lloyd, who retired. Colussy is a founding investor and former CEO of Iridium Satellite and chairman of Iridium Holdings.
Columbus, Ohio-based Aircraft Logs.com named Eric Roy executive v-p of AirNet systems.
Raytheon Beech King Air 90, Raleigh, N.C., April 27, 2006–The pilot of King Air N90CH reported a fire in the cockpit and diverted to Raleigh. The NTSB is looking into the incident and has requested that the windshield heating unit be sent for examination. There was no substantial damage to the airplane, which is registered to Chartco of Salisbury, N.C.
Raytheon Aircraft last expected to receive full FAA certification of the super-midsize Hawker 4000 Horizon in February, nearly five years later than the originally estimated date of spring 2001. The FAA granted the aircraft provisional certification on Dec. 23, 2004. But February came and went without full, final certification.
Fractional provider NetJets recently awarded a trophy to Raytheon Aircraft’s Little Rock facility for outstanding performance. The facility services and performs scheduled maintenance on NetJets’ domestic fleet of 69 Hawker 400XPs, Hawker 800XPs and Hawker 1000s. NetJets created the award to recognize its partners and suppliers for their role in supporting the NetJets fleet.
UK operator Club328 has devised a new way to market charter flights through its new SkyBond program. Customers hand over £1 million ($1.75 million) to be put in an escrow-protected bank account in Club328’s name for six years. Club328 gets the interest earned over this time and the customer gets 25 flight hours each year (150 hours total) in one of the company’s Raytheon Premier Is.
Under the terms of an agreement with BLR Aerospace, Landmark Aviation has become an authorized dealer for the Everett, Wash.-based aerospace research and development firm. The arrangement allows five Landmark Aviation locations, previously designated as Raytheon authorized service centers, to install winglets designed, certified and manufactured by BLR for King Air 200s.
Raytheon Aircraft joined Gulfstream Aerospace as the only major business aircraft OEMs to elevate the head of product support to the presidential level. The Wichita-based manufacturer named Randy Groom president of global customer service and support. Ed Dolanski, who had handled aftermarket services as v-p of customer support for the past five years, joined another Raytheon subsidiary.
Raytheon Aircraft Services last month completed the first installation of the Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) on a Hawker 800XP. Performed at Raytheon’s shop in Little Rock, Ark., the installation included a Collins file server unit capable of storing electronic charts and interfacing them with the airplane’s Pro Line 21 navigation displays.
Raytheon Beech King Air 200, Sioux Falls, S.D., May 23, 2006–The pilot of the Sioux Valley Hospital EMS King Air, N32SV, became incapacitated for a brief time when the airplane was descending through 13,000 feet. The second pilot took the controls and landed without incident at Joe Foss Field Airport (FSD). A flight nurse and paramedic were also on board for the positioning flight from Minneapolis to FSD.