While the total number of accidents involving business jets and turboprops was down in 2007 compared with the previous year, the accidents were more costly in terms of human life, according to year-end numbers released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
As I prepared to write this column the television and radio news programs were reporting on the recent spate of business aviation accidents. One of the widely reported accidents that caused considerable concern at the NTSB was the November 28 crash of the Challenger 601 in Montrose, Colo. In this accident the NTSB is investigating airplane performance issues, including the possibility of upper-surface wing ice contamination.
In the northern hemisphere, it’s that time of year again, when clouds are full of ice and it’s time to dust off those icing training manuals and relearn the pertinent points about handling icing conditions.
The U.S. business jet and turboprop fleet experienced 44 accidents– including 18 that resulted in a total of 46 passenger and crew fatalities– in the first nine months of this year, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
While the number of fatal accidents involving turbine-powered business airplanes declined slightly through the first nine months of this year compared with last year, those accidents took a larger toll, according to statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Flightline Group’s $24 million, four-year, multi-building development project at its Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional Airport (TLH) headquarters will soon begin to take form. By next month, construction crews will start building the company’s 26,000-sq-ft regional service center.
Flightline Group's $24 million, four-year, multi-building development project at its Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional Airport (TLH) headquarters will soon begin to take form. By next month, construction crews will start building the company's 26,000-sq-ft regional service center, which will maintain general aviation aircraft and the emerging very light jets when it opens later next year.
Taking its battle against high-priced OEM repair and technical manuals and their revisions to a higher level, Extex has placed all of the pertinent tech data for the Rolls-Royce 250 turboshaft engine, including inspection requirements, wear limits and repair procedures, on its Web site (www.extex.com). Extex is the first company of its kind to do so. The reasons behind this move are several.
Facing a serious financial crisis that threatens to force the company into bankruptcy, Safire Aircraft was evicted from its offices at Opa-Locka Airport in South Florida last month for failing to pay the rent after the would-be very-light-jet manufacturer fell three months behind in payments.
Cessna said it will offer a TKS “weeping wing” anti-icing system for the Cessna Grand Caravan starting next March, using a system manufactured by Aerospace Systems & Technologies of Salina, Kan. The Cessna system will include laser-drilled titanium TKS panels installed on the leading edges of the wings, wing struts and horizontal and vertical stabilizers.