I just received bad news from my friends of the SCFA : the Connie may be grounded for several weeks, possibly months, all planned flights for the 2017 season will be cancelled. Today, they are launching an emergency appeal called “Connie Fly”; to save the Breitling Super Constellation.
The following reasons have led the SCFA to make the decision to ground the Super Constellation :
- The development and manufacturing of the 24 wing flap rods have proven to be a lot more challenging than originally anticipated. It remains unclear how long it will take to complete the production of the parts. Additionally, they will have to undergo a FOCA certification process prior to being installed in the aircraft.
- The wheels which were newly produced over the winter months were subject to functionality and vibration tests during which the brakes overheated, and the landing gear caught on fire. In spite of the Zurich airport fire brigades’ quick response, damage occurred to the aircraft. All wheels, tires, and brakes will need to be replaced. Various landing gear components, such as hydraulic and electric motors need to be inspected thoroughly, and repairs and replacements will need to be made as necessary. Completing these inspections and repairs could take up to two months.
The board has carefully considered the present circumstances, and has come to the conclusion that commencement of the 2017 in the coming months will be highly unlikely. While this decision is regretful, it also draws with it grave financial consequences for our association. Without additional funds of approximately 1.5-2 million Swiss francs, our project will be unable to continue. With this letter, we are launching an emergency appeal called “Connie Fly”; we want to save the Breitling Super Constellation. It is our goal to get the “Star of Switzerland” off the ground and into the air once more. The Super Constellation needs your support… more informations here.