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King Air Crashes into FlightSafety Citation Center

A Beechcraft-owned King Air 200 crashed onto the roof of FlightSafety International's Cessna Citation Training Center on the north side at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (KICT) this morning just before 10 a.m. CDT. Authorities reported that the sole-occupant pilot–Mark Goldstein, a contract pilot–reported an engine failure on takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. Goldstein was attempting to ferry the twin turboprop to Mena, Ark., Ryan Aviation president Ron Ryan told Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW.

So far, Goldstein and three occupants of the building are confirmed dead. Five other victims from inside the building were transported to a local hospital, one in serious condition (downgraded from an initial assessment of "critical") and one in fair condition; the other three have been released. As many as 100 employees and visitors could have been in the building at the time, according to authorities, and five remained unaccounted for at press time.

The King Air, N52SZ, was registered to Raytheon Aircraft on October 2. FlightAware.com shows the most recent flight as September 16, from Altoona, Pa., to Wichita. The previous registered owner was Sheetz Aviation, a Delaware-registered corporation.

Wichita Fire Chief Ron Blackwell described the fire as "horrific." News video showed flames and smoke billowing from the building. Airport firefighters were the first to arrive on the scene, and up to 60 firefighters ultimately responded, bringing the fire under control within an hour of the crash. After 30 minutes, firefighters were withdrawn from the building, which was determined to be unstable. Air traffic resumed after the fire was brought under control.

The NTSB is expected to be on site later today.

October 30, 2014, 4:42 PM

Biz Aircraft Shipments Climb 8.7% in First Nine Months

Business aircraft deliveries showed a healthy 8.7-percent year-over-year jump during the first nine months of this year, according to third-quarter data released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Billings also rose about 4 percent during this period, to $16.02 billion.

"The optimism about the general aviation market on display at NBAA's convention last week is reflected in the continued recovery of the business jet and piston-engine segments this quarter," said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. "New products are helping to fuel our industry's continued growth as we continue to emerge from the recession."

Through the first three quarters of the year, OEMs handed over 460 business jets, an increase of 9.3 percent over the 421 delivered through the same period last year. Leading the way was Bombardier, which showed increases at both ends of its range with 15 Learjet 70/75 deliveries through the first nine months and 55 Global 5000/6000s (10 more than in the same time frame last year). Gulfstream also handed over eight more midsize G150s and super-midsize G280s than it did in the first three quarters of last year.

On the pressurized turboprop side, deliveries tallied 178 for the first nine months of the year, a rise of 7.3 percent on the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, piston shipments during the first three quarters rose by 19.5 percent year-over-year. GAMA also reported 583 helicopter deliveries in the first nine months; it did not track this segment in previous years.

  

October 30, 2014, 3:55 PM

Bombardier Bizjet Deliveries Rise in 3Q14

Bombardier Aerospace delivered 45 business jets (seven Learjet 70/75s, one Learjet 60XR, 12 Challenger 300/350s, six Challenger 605s and 19 Global 5000/6000s) in the third quarter, compared with 36 (two 60XRs, 12 Challenger 300s, eight 605s and 14 Globals) in the same period a year ago. Year-to-date as of September 30, it shipped 126 business jets (16 Learjets, 55 Challengers and 55 Globals) versus 120 (nine Learjets, 66 Challengers and 45 Globals).

Net Bombardier business jet orders during the third quarter dipped slightly from 23 aircraft last year to 21 this year, though net orders in the first nine months are on par with last year at 97 jets. Order backlog in months of production is 17 months for Learjets, above the company's six- to nine-month target; 33 months for Challengers, well above the 15- to 18-month target; and 21 months for Globals, below the 24- to 30-month target.

Bombardier's total aerospace backlog, which includes airliners and business jets, was $37.9 billion on September 30, compared with $37.3 billion at the end of last year. The company's book-to-bill ratio for business jets stood at 0.5:1 in the third quarter and 0.8:1 for the first nine months.

October 30, 2014, 3:40 PM

Baldwin Puts IS-BAO within Reach of Small Flight Depts

Under a newly constructed International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) registration, business aviation safety firm Baldwin Aviation is now offering a co-operative registration plan to qualifying flight departments–meaning one aircraft and four or fewer staff members–that are working directly with the company on IS-BAO compliance and registration. Baldwin became the first IS-BAO registered safety management system (SMS) implementer in 2007; achieved Stage II registration in 2010; and this year met the requirements to establish its new Safety Co-op program.

According to Baldwin, Safety Co-op guides and assists single-aircraft operators through the entire IS-BAO process and beyond. Under the program, the safety firm works with operators to ensure compliance with IS-BAO standards, as well as to create and develop operator-specific mission and profile documents, SMS tools and emergency response plans. After registration, Baldwin regularly monitors the safety program and conducts annual reviews.

"This is an important development for small flight departments that have been reluctant to pursue IS-BAO registration in the past due to the daunting prospects of establishing and maintaining procedures and manuals, and the cost of an audit," said Baldwin Aviation president Don Baldwin. He stressed that operators participating in the Safety Co-op program will receive the full benefit of IS-BAO registration while retaining autonomy.

October 30, 2014, 3:35 PM