This year’s first quarter was the deadliest for U.S.-registered business jets since 15 people were killed in four accidents in the first quarter of 2008. According to statistics gathered by AIN, in the first three months of this year 14 people were killed in three accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets.
Fatal and nonfatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets increased notably in the first quarter, compared with the same time frame last year. Alternatively, non-U.S.-registered business jets had no accidents in the first quarter versus six in the year-ago period.
GippsAero appointed Tallahassee, Fla.-based Flightline Group as its authorized dealer for the Southeast U.S. last Thursday. The Australian-based manufacturer, which is owned by Mahindra Aerospace of Mumbai, India, currently produces the GA8 Airvan utility aircraft and it is developing the 10-seat GA10 turboprop single. Flightline Group is also the authorized dealer for Piper in the Southeast and for Honda Aircraft in the Southeast and Northeast.
The helicopter accident rate in the Gulf of Mexico has been decreasing since 2007, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. For the years 2000 to 2009, an average of 8.2 helicopter accidents occurred in the Gulf of Mexico annually. Poor decision-making by pilots accounted for 47 percent of fatal accidents, while loss of engine power was the cause of one-third of all fatal crashes.
French aerospace manufacturer Safran has partnered with a historical archeology association on a mission to rewrite the history books. The group seeks to find incontrovertible proof that a French aircraft (l’Oiseau Blanc) flown by pilots Charles Nungesser and François Coli successfully crossed the Atlantic 12 days before Charles Lindbergh in 1927. The aircraft has never been found, but in some accounts witnesses claim to have heard the sound of a laboring aircraft engine over Maine.
Honda Aircraft has announced an $80 million expansion at its Piedmont Triad International Airport location. According to a Honda spokesman, about $20 million is earmarked for an 80,000-sq-ft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility and $60 million for site preparation, equipment and other items.
Aviation data supplier JetNet announced the latest results of its IQ research NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, and the results should come as good news to those awaiting a bizav turnaround. The company, whose surveys involve 80 countries, 1,500 operators and 3,500 aircraft, forecasts that 11,381 business jets valued at $258 billion will be delivered between now and 2020. The total includes 625 this year, 785 next year and 978 in 2013.
Mitsubishi Aircraft’s official launch of the proposed 100-seat MRJ100X will likely have to wait at least another year–or until after the first flight of the 88-seat MRJ90 some time in the middle of next year, as the company waits for the European airline market to show more tangible signs of recovery.
JetNet released its first 10-year business jet delivery forecast last month, predicting worldwide deliveries of 11,476 new business jets worth $258 billion by 2020. In January, the company launched its new JetNet iQ survey program and used the more than 1,000 global responses it received, combined with product life cycle, market value analysis and other economic indicators, to shape its forecast.
Volvo Aero has launched the Volvo Life Tracking System for “accurately calculating usage of critical engine components.” The product is designed primarily for Volvo Aero’s RM12 engine, which powers the Saab Gripen multi-role fighter.