The NTSB’s preliminary report, issued last week, on the June 18 crash of an Israel Aerospace Industries Westwind II at Huntsville International Airport in Alabama revealed few clues about what caused the aircraft to bank steeply to the right just after takeoff and crash into an open field near the airport.
An Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind II was destroyed when it crashed into a field shortly after takeoff from Huntsville International Airport in Alabama on June 18. Witnesses said the airplane climbed to an altitude of approximately 100 feet before banking sharply right and crashing. All three occupants aboard perished in the accident.
A Robinson R66 is being used in Colombia as a pediatric air ambulance. It is flying alongside a Westwind 1124A and Learjet 31 with Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia (FCV).
Doctors at FCV are using the R66 to reach pediatric patients in remote areas. The back seat of the R66 has been replaced with a bench, an incubator and other medical equipment in accordance with FAA “Form 337” rules. A typical flight of one hour replaces a ground ride of four to nine hours, which for some infants was just too long.
Parker Aerospace (Booth No. C2329) announced at Heli-Expo ’13 that it recently received STC/PMA from EASA on fuel pumps for a variety of Eurocopter models.
The new components–for the AS332L and L1; AS355/Twin Star; SA365 and SA365N/Dauphin 2, SA365N1 and N2; and AS355E, F, F1 and F2–were previously approved by the FAA and are now available for European operators, according to Jeff Kelling, service center manager for Parker’s fluid system division.
Dynetics and WestWind Technologies have entered into a joint venture creating Aviation Support Alliance.
As part of its $4.5 million development project at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (FTW), Texas Jet is nearing completion of a 30,000-sq-ft hangar it has leased to Trimec Aviation. “With our growing Astra/G100 customer base, we have outgrown the facility we’ve been in for 25 years,” said Trimec president John Dunn. “The new hangar will also provide us with the option to move into Galaxy/G200 maintenance.
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.
After three missed approaches at Norfolk Island in the South Pacific due to bad weather, Capt. Dominic James and first officer Zoe Cupit elected to ditch the Westwind. On the November 18 nighttime trip, they were flying a medical transport–a female patient and her husband–from Apia, Western Samoa, to Melbourne, Australia.
Capt. Dominic James and first officer Zoe Cupit had a tough decision to make after three missed approaches during their attempt to land at Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. They were flying a medical transport–a female patient and her husband–from Apia, Western Samoa, to Melbourne, Australia.
A new 62,000-sq-ft facility has been dedicated on Huntsville International Airport, Ala., by WestWind Technologies to provide engineering, manufacturing, electronics integration and structural modifications.
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