Last week bidders handed in their latest proposals for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X program, which seeks 179 new tanker/transports to replace the aging KC-135 fleet. The deadline had been extended to allow EADS North America to prepare a new proposal following the withdrawal of Northrop Grumman, with whom EADS had been partnered until March.
Gulfstream II, Seattle, Wa., April 8, 2010–The twinjet sustained structural damage to its left wing when it collided with a fuel truck while taxiing to the runway for a
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Gulfstream III, Farmingdale, N.Y., March 10, 2010–Soon after takeoff from Republic Airport (FRG), while climbing through 35,000 msl en route to Stuart, Fla., the crew of the GIII reported hearing a sound similar to a compressor stall, followed by a loss of power on the right engine. The pilot-in-command declared an emergency and initiated an in-flight engine shutdown.
Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A, Norfolk Island, Australia, Nov. 18, 2009–While on an aeromedical flight from Apia, Samoa, to Melbourne, Australia, the crew of the Australian-registered twinjet attempted a scheduled fuel stop at Norfolk Island Airport, where weather conditions had deteriorated considerably during the course of the flight.
Air Works, which claims to be India’s largest independent maintenance provider, has become the first in the country to complete certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The approval covers ATR 42 and 72 regional airliners, as well as the Boeing 737 series, and will soon extend to the Airbus A320 range. The company has also been selected as an authorized service partner for the Superjet 100 twinjet.
Cessna 560 Citation Encore, Kremmling, Colo., Aug. 24, 2009–A ground maintenance worker was seriously injured as the NetJets twinjet exited the fueling depot on the ramp apron. According to reports, the lineman was knocked over by the jet blast and sustained a broken leg, as the Encore was taxiing to depart McElroy Airfield.
Spain has approved loans worth up to $520 million for subcontractors working on the Airbus A350 XWB twin-aisle twinjet or on its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine. The loans are separate from any other financial support that Spain provides for the overall program.
Kingdom Holding Company has backed away from an agreement that would have allowed MAV Aircraft Services of Dallas/Fort Worth to do the interior completion of an Airbus A321 for the Saudi operator. As of early last month, the airplane and interior components had been moved for storage to a nearby hangar belonging to Phazar Aerocorp at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport.
On the strength of contracts with Bombardier to provide executive cabins for three Challenger 850s, Canadian interiors specialist Flying Colours is moving into the business of green completion work.
At the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., in April, Epic Aircraft launched a pair of turbine twins. Company CEO Rick Schrameck told AIN that the current economic climate is “just the time to invest” in developing more aircraft.