No Survivors | Citation Crashes In Baltic Sea Following Pressurization Issues
- On September 4th, 2022, a Cessna Citation 551 was destroyed after it crashed into the Baltic Sea following a rapid spiral descent. There were three passengers and one crewmember on board - all perished.
- The aircraft was enroute from Jerez Airport in Spain to Köln/Bonn Airport in Germany when it lost contact with air traffic control during their climb. Before losing radio contact, the pilot notified air traffic control of a cabin pressurization malfunction.
- France and Germany dispatched military jets to intercept the aircraft, but the fighter pilots could not see anybody at the controls of the Citation.
- The aircraft continued flying at 36,000 feet through German and Swedish airspace until its fuel was exhausted. The plane entered a banked turn, followed by a steep spiral dive. The wreckage was found just off of the Latvian coast.
- The passengers on board were family members of the pilot.
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Russia Kicked Out of ICAO Council For Violating Chicago Convention
- Following a vote, Russia is the first nation in history to lose its place as a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) governing council. Seats at the council are reserved for "states of chief importance in air transport."
- The primary reasons for Russia's expulsion from the council were the country's violation of Ukrainian airspace, the bombing of civilian airports, and the "theft" of leased foreign aircraft.
- Hundreds of foreign aircraft remain trapped in Russia. Instead of being returned to their owners, it is alleged that they are being re-registered as Russian aircraft. Russia has added 450 new aircraft to its register this summer.
- Changes in the ICAO governing's council membership are rare. Other than the addition of China in 2004, the group's membership has not changed in over four decades.
The Worst Flight Of My Career | Hurricane Hunter Pilot Says Hurricane Ian Was "The Strongest Storm I've Ever Been In."
- During hurricane Ian, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron dispatched a WC-130J Hercules to collect data for better tracking of the storm's path and intensity.
- Initially, they were flying in 100 mph winds – "standard stuff" by Hurricane Hunters' standards. But during the 3rd and 4th passes, it progressed into dangerous territory.
- Major Dunn, the flight Commander, said, "We were doing what we need to do just to keep the airplane airborne, keep it right side up. The eyewall was something I've never seen. The amount of mesocyclones and tornadoes inside the wall. It was an absolute mess."
- Winds up to 150mph during landfall wreaked havoc across Florida, leaving millions without power.
Top Seller | Award-winning Bombardier 3500 Enters Service With Huge Order List
- At the end of September, the award-winning Bombardier Challenger 3500 entered service.
- While it bears many similarities to its predecessor - the Challenger 350 - there have been upgrades in a few key areas. It flaunts a cabin altitude of 4850 feet (2000 feet less than before), voice-activated cabin sound and lighting controls, and the flight deck will now feature an autothrottle.
- The Challenger 3500 represented Bombardier's most significant single order last year, with 20 orders placed in one sale.
- The first delivery will be to long-time customer Les Goldberg, CEO of Entertainment Technology Partners. The list price is $27.6 million.