Aggressive cleaning of aircraft landing gear may shorten the life of landing gear components, according to Duncan Aviation accessory tech representative Jerry Cable. Water, dirt, debris and foreign objects can act as electrolytes, he said, “producing a corrosive environment,” and possibly leading to premature removal of components.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A200, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 21, 2008–Following a partial landing gear malfunction, the turboprop twin–which was operated by the FAA–suffered substantial damage to its lower fuselage when
it made a gear-up landing at Salt Lake City International Airport.
Aero Commander 690, Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 21, 2009–N690TR, operated by Kolab Canyon Air Services, suffered damage to its lower fuselage when the right main landing gear collapsed during landing rollout at Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC).
Nacelle manufacturer Aircelle is here in Dubai celebrating the creation of Aerostructure Middle East Services (AMES), a 50-50 joint venture with maintenance specialist Air France Industries to provide nacelle maintenance. Located in the Jebel Ali free zone, the 107,000-sq-ft facility will be open to Airbus A320s, A330s, A340s and A380s early next year.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Stand C310) has opened an office in Dubai to serve its Middle Eastern and African customers, and is here at the Dubai Airshow highlighting several new modernization and upgrade products, including its enhanced landing gear control and interface unit (LGCIU) for the Airbus A320 series.
Bombardier Learjet 60, Westhampton, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2007–The Board attributed the Learjet’s crash on landing to the captain’s failure to align the airplane properly before touchdown. As the captain was completing a night instrument approach into Francis S.
A Falcon operator filed a complaint with the FAA against Duncan Aviation Battle Creek citing the unauthorized use of Krylon 1401 paint on the airplane’s landing gear. The operator also forwarded a copy of the FAA’s response to AIN.
On June 18, a Learjet 40XR (N988AL) suffered severe damage at Fort Worth’s Meacham International Airport after technicians reported a stuck engine throttle while taxiing during an engine run. According to airport manager Bill Welstead, the aircraft was throttled up after leaving Turbine Engine Specialists when the technicians in the cockpit noted that the engine control on the left engine was stuck.
Bombardier Learjet 35, Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, Feb. 5, 2009–The jet lost control upon landing at Ciudad Victoria Airport. After touchdown, the aircraft slid off the runway onto the grass and came to rest upright after a 180-degree left turn. The landing gear collapsed, resulting in damage to the landing gear structural supports. Neither of the two crew-members was injured. Mexico’s civil aviation authorities are investigating the accident.
Rockwell 690C, Minden, Nev., May 2, 2008–The board was unable to determine why both main landing gear collapsed, substantially damaging the Twin Commander while it taxied for takeoff at Minden-Tahoe Airport. An FAA inspector said the landing gear’s clamshell doors remained in the closed position, inconsistent with its being in an in-transit operating mode. The gear select handle was found in the “down” position.