While the business aviation industry remains healthy and forecasts predict continued growth, the established OEMs announced only incremental product upgrades at the NBAA Convention last month. In all, manufacturers unveiled six derivative business airplanes: the Airbus A318 Elite; Bombardier Challenger 605 and Learjet 60XR; Cessna Encore+; Dassault Falcon 2000DX; and Raytheon Hawker 850XP.
Bombardier Challenger 600
Bombardier Challenger 600, Tupelo, Miss., March 9, 2005–The pilots of Romeo Mike Aviation’s Challenger 600 aborted the takeoff from Runway 36 of Tupelo Regional Airport and the nosegear collapsed. The airplane went off the departure end of the runway and was substantially damaged. The ATP-rated pilot and copilot and five passengers were not injured.
Macau, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, has awarded Innotech Aviation MAR-145 maintenance organization status.
The FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J., last month took delivery of a special-mission Bombardier Global 5000 for its research and development program. This marks the 11th Bombardier aircraft in the FAA’s fleet, which already included Challenger 601/604s and Learjet 60s.
While many European companies still view business jets as “corporate barges” rather than genuine business tools, statistics show they are more likely to warm to corporate/executive shuttles. Perhaps this is because of a shuttle’s more utilitarian purpose as a transporter of a company’s employees rather than just the company’s executives.
In a first for an avionics installer, Duncan Aviation has certified and installed the Universal Avionics EFI-890R retrofit cockpit system in a customer Challenger 600. Part of Duncan’s Glass Box Project–which seeks to pair appropriate avionics upgrade hardware with various business airplanes–the Challenger cockpit features four 8- by 9-inch LCD flight displays and a 4- by 6-inch MFD-640 multifunction display.
Montreal-based Innotech Aviation has been approved as a line service center for Honeywell’s HTF 7000 turbofan engine. Under the agreement, Innotech will perform engine removal/replacement, hot section inspections, major periodic inspections and line maintenance.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Montreal’s Innotech Aviation, a division of IMP Group, a preferred completion center for the Global XRS and Global 5000.
In 1980 Innotech was the first company Bombardier named an authorized service facility for the Challenger. The company is also an authorized service facility and modification center for the Global Express.
About a week after the January 22 first flight of the Challenger 605, Bombardier relocated the test airplane to Wichita to begin the approximately 200 flight hours needed to achieve certification in the fourth quarter.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Landmark Aviation an authorized service facility (ASF) for Learjets and Challengers. It is the first ASF in the U.S. to service all of the OEM’s business aircraft lines. Landmark had previously held authorization to conduct maintenance on Globals.