Just two months after being unveiled at the NBAA Convention in November, the Spectrum 33 twinjet made a 10-minute first flight on January 7.
The dawn of the very light jet (VLJ) is nearly upon us, with the first, the Eclipse 500, set to receive FAA certification in June. Hot on the heels of the Eclipse VLJ is Cessna’s Citation Mustang and 10 other potential competitors.
The Diamond D-Jet (S/N 001) single-engine very light jet flew for the first time on April 18 from London International Airport in Ontario, Canada, home of Diamond’s North American division. The company said the one-hour six-minute flight “went according to plan, with the evaluation of 19 test points.” After takeoff at 5:08 p.m.
Excel-Jet’s four-seat, single-engine very light jet, the Sport-Jet, flew for the first time on May 14 from Colorado Springs Airport. According to company president and founder Bob Bornhofen, as of May 15, the Sport-Jet had logged nearly four hours.
Tony Fox, the 84-year-old entrepreneur credited by those with long memories as being the father of the very light jet, last month sold the 1970s-era Foxjet design to start-up Millennium Aerospace of California. Fox still manages a multimillion-dollar business conglomerate and holds 96 patents.
The sole Sport-Jet prototype crashed while taking off from the Colorado Springs Airport on June 22. Company president Bob Bornhofen told AIN that the very light jet single was substantially damaged, though pilot James Stewart and occupant John Welty suffered only minor injuries.
Aviation Technology Group in late June announced several design changes to its two-place Javelin twinjet. These include an increase in wing size, enhancement of wing high-lift devices and improvement of the canopy opening mechanism. According to Englewood, Colo.-based ATG, these are the last major design changes to the Javelin design, freezing its configuration to enable suppliers to start building production airframe parts.
On July 25 at about 4:05 p.m. local time, the sole Spectrum 33 prototype crashed on the side of the runway while taking off from Spanish Fork Airport, Utah, on what was to be a routine test flight. According to a company spokesman, the two crewmembers–Spectrum director of flight operations Glenn Maben and vice director Nathan Forrest–were killed in the accident. The crash and ensuing fire destroyed the
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