Argentina and Colombia are lobbying to delay the planned January 2005 implementation of reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace throughout Latin America. These countries are arguing that their operators–mainly the airlines–cannot afford to complete the necessary avionics upgrades in time and that therefore domestic flights by non-compliant aircraft should continue to be permitted above FL290.
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Two independent projects working on RVSM group certification packages for the Learjet 20 series appear to be neck and neck in terms of price and availability. Avcon Industries of Newton, Kan., along with its partner Bizjet International in Tulsa, Okla., and Wichita-based LJSC and its partner Wichita Executive Aircraft, are saying they will have RVSM-compliant systems certified in June for less than $150,000 per aircraft.
The FAA has released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding implementation on Jan. 20, 2005, of domestic reduced vertical separation minimum (DRVSM) airspace. The agency is adding a proposal to implement RVSM between FL290 and FL410 in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico high offshore airspace and in the San Juan, Puerto Rico flight information region (FIR).
The fatal crash of a TBM 700 more than two years ago is just now leading to a proposed AD to require replacing the Anjou Aeronautique brand seatbelt/shoulder harnesses in 158 U.S.-registered examples of the turboprop single.
Aircraft Belts of Kemah, Texas, long a provider of aircraft occupant restraint systems, is branching into the corporate aircraft decorative plating business with the opening of subsidiary Signature Plating. The new company will occupy a 12,500-sq-ft facility in Cibolo, Texas, near San Antonio.
Britain’s Marshall Aerospace ended its role as factory-authorized service centers for Bombardier and Gulfstream. The Cambridge-based firm decided to focus its maintenance, repair and overhaul work on Cessna Citations, for which it is also an authorized service center.
A Frontier Airlines Boeing 737 was struck by lightning on New Year’s Eve en route to Tampa, Fla., setting off a chain of events that culminated in the arrest of a mechanic in Denver the following day. Conforming to company policy governing post-lightning strike checks, the maintenance team in Tampa inspected the aircraft (number 313) and made an appropriate entry in the logbook. However, that didn’t satisfy the Frontier mechanic in Denver.
Although plans to build Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport have been progressing more slowly than anticipated, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) remains confident that the new facility will eventually be built on the grounds of the current Schönefeld Airport, giving the company a major boost in activities and a solid base for growth.
Dassault Falcon Jet’s recent appointments of John Rahilly and Todd McGahey mark the latest efforts by the manufacturer to market the customer-support offerings at its two company-owned service centers in Little Rock, Ark., and Wilmington, Del.
Owners of some 360 U.S.-registered Mitsubishi MU-2Bs won’t be required to install newly designed flap torque-tube joints, as proposed last September. Operators have been required to perform repetitive inspections of the joints under an AD issued in 1988, and the FAA found that there have been no service difficulty reports indicating cracks in joints for current design parts since that directive.