On the heels of a delivery ceremony of the third maritime surveillance aircraft for the Japan Coast Guard, Field Aviation announced a follow-on contract for another three Dash 8 Q300s for the same customer. The deal brings to a total contract order to eight aircraft.
de Havilland Canada DHC-6-100, Sullivan, Mo., July 29, 2006–Shortly after takeoff from Sullivan Regional Airport, with flames coming from the right engine, the Twin Otter crashed, killing six of the eight occupants and seriously injuring the other two. The skydiving flight was operated by Adventure Aviation of Dover, Del.
NTSB investigators have turned their attention to “human action” and pilot training in their probe of the crash of a Colgan Air Q400 outside Buffalo on February 12, according to a Safety Board spokesman. At issue appears to be the reaction of the captain to a stick-shaker activation, which, if improperly executed, could explain the sudden pitch up that began the upset.
Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Lake Michigan, Mich., April 7, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the in-flight separation of the left engine translating cowling was due to intermittent binding and jamming of the reverser on the accident flight and on previous flights.
Aircraft Parts (APC) has been acquired from Unison Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric’s GE Aviation, by TransDigm Group in a stock purchase valued at approximately $68 million.
Holtsville, N.Y.-based APC has been a supplier of proprietary, highly engineered components to the commercial aerospace industry for almost 50 years. The company has reported annual revenues of approximately $33 million.
at a time when everyone seems to be looking for a bargain, regional jets reconfigured for an executive role–available at considerably less than half the price of
a comparable new airplane–are being widely promoted as just what customers are looking for.
Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8, Philadelphia, Nov. 16, 2008–The nosegear of the Piedmont Dash 8 failed to extend on approach to Philadelphia International Airport and the crew made a go-around to try to get it down. Unable to correct the problem by performing the alternate landing gear extension procedure, the crew landed on the main gear and attempted to delay the nose from touching down until the slowest speed possible.
Bombardier in late November logged a firm order for eight Q400 turboprops from Ethiopian Airlines and issued options on another four. The contract, worth $242 million at list prices, calls for first delivery some time between August and October 2010. Ethiopian Airlines CEO Girma Wake said he planned to deploy the airplanes from Addis Ababa on both domestic and regional routes of up to 1,000 nm.
An undisclosed Australian regional airline has become the third customer to commit to Ruag Aerospace’s Dornier 228 New Generation program, placing an order for five of the 19-seat twin turboprops on December 5. Mexican Air Cancun already holds an order for two, and an undisclosed Japanese operator has signed for six; deliveries are slated to begin in December.
Short SC-7 Skyvan, McGrath, Alaska, Sept. 20, 2007–The NTSB did not determine why the Short turboprop twin crashed on takeoff from a remote 1,000-foot lodge airstrip. The airplane was being ferried to a maintenance facility, following previous substantial damage to the nosewheel assembly and subsequent repairs.