News Listings for Duluth International

  • AAR to open Duluth MRO facility by year's end

    News | 15 Oct 2012 20:28 | Kristin Majcher

    AAR will open its new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at Minnesota's Duluth International Airport by the end of the year, the company says. The...
  • Cirrus alters SR20 design after NTSB crash report

    News | 06 Jul 1999 23:00

    <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=3026' /></p> <p>Cirrus has altered the design of its single-engined SR20, following the release of findings by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the fatal crash on 23 March of the first production aircraft. </p> <p>Safety investigators found signs of interference between the right aileron and the right wing which, they claim, may have precipitated the loss of control leading to the accident. The NTSB also believes that the rub marks on the wing indicate that the interference worsened as the wing flexed. </p> <p>Cirrus test pilot Scott Anderson announced he was having a control problem shortly after launching the second test flight of the first production SR20 from Duluth International Airport, Minnesota. On approach to the airport, he declared an emergency. </p> <p>After a series of left-only turns and a failed landing attempt, the SR20 crashed into a federal prison. Anderson was killed in the accident. The aircraft
  • Cirrus resumes SR20 assembly despite demonstrator crash

    News | 13 Apr 1999 23:00

    <p>Dave Higdon/WICHITA</p> <p>Cirrus Design has resumed production of the SR20 single-engined four-seat business aircraft, as the investigation continues into the crash of the first demonstrator. The first production SR20 crashed on 23 March, killing Cirrus Design's chief test pilot, Scott Anderson (Flight International, 31 March-6 April). </p> <p>Despite the crash, Cirrus plans to make first deliveries in May. "We're working and progressing toward receipt of our production certificate," says the company. The focus of the crash investigation remains the aileron control system, which Anderson was testing. </p> <p>Cirrus engineers had recently redesigned the aileron control system and the aircraft was into the fifth hour of flight tests designed to incorporate the change on the SR20's type certificate. </p> <p>Anderson had reported a problem with the aileron system during a flight on the day before the crash, and the control linkage had been changed in an attempt to fix the problem,
  • Cirrus SR20 demonstrator kills test pilot in prison crash

    News | 30 Mar 1999 23:00

    <p>Dave Higdon/DULUTH</p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=2582' /></p> <p>National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are examining the aileron control system as a possible cause of the crash on 23 March of the first production SR20 that killed Cirrus Design's chief test pilot. The aircraft left the assembly line on 20 March and was into its sixth hour of airtime on its second day of test flights. </p> <p>The aircraft, destined to serve as the first of two factory demonstrators, was not fitted with the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System certified on the SR20, according to the company. </p> <p>The CAPS is a whole-aircraft parachute recovery system developed by Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS). Cirrus had not received delivery of the first production units from BRS when flight tests of the first production SR20 began on March 22. </p> <p>Scott Anderson, Cirrus' director of flight operations as well as chief test pilot, was
  • Former astronaut killed in Cirrus VK30 test crash

    News | 02 Apr 1996 23:00

    <p>Graham Warwick/ATLANTA </p> <p>Former US astronaut Robert Overmyer was killed on 22 March while flight-testing a Cirrus Design VK30 kitplane. Overmyer was conducting full-flap stall tests of a VK30 prototype equipped with a new wing when the crash occurred near Duluth International Airport, Minnesota. A former Space Shuttle pilot, he had joined Cirrus as a test pilot in November 1995. </p> <p>Cirrus had announced plans to develop a replacement wing for some 28 VK30 kits supplied to customers between 1987 and 1993, when the company discontinued production to concentrate on certification of its SR20 light aircraft. Overmyer was responsible for SR20 certification flight-testing, but Cirrus does not expect the accident to delay the programme. </p> <p>The VK30 is an all-composite pusher-propeller aircraft. The prototype, which crashed was powered by an Allison 250-B17 turboprop, which had been installed as part of a research programme unrelated to development of the stronger wing. </