AINalerts » June 23, 2009

June 23, 2009 - 12:13pm

The New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Airspace Redesign, which is intended to reduce delays in this heavy air traffic area, cleared a “key legal barrier” after a court struck down a group of legal challenges, the FAA said yesterday.

June 23, 2009 - 12:08pm

According to Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky, two more S-76D prototypes will soon join the helicopter test program, which is expected to conclude next year with certification and first deliveries. Meanwhile, the company said last week at the Paris Air Show that it is continuing envelope expansion on the first prototype, dubbed D1, which has been flying since February 7.

June 23, 2009 - 12:06pm

Honeywell last week at the Paris Air Show launched SmartLanding, a product intended to reduce runway excursions by alerting pilots if the aircraft’s approach is unstable and at risk for an unsafe landing. “Runway excursions cost the global industry about $900 million every year,” said Honeywell Aerospace vice president for airlines Mike Madsen.

June 23, 2009 - 12:04pm

Andre Budhan, a cofounder of defunct charter operator Platinum Jet, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a case relating to the 2005 crash of a Challenger 600 following an aborted takeoff at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport. Budhan, 42, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., yesterday to conspiracy to defraud charter customers and brokers, and to impede and obstruct the FAA.

June 23, 2009 - 12:01pm

FlightSafety International today announced the Proficiency Protection Program, which is intended to help maintain the currency of business aircraft pilots and maintenance technicians who have been laid off since January 1. Under the program, FlightSafety will offer a no-cost recurrent training course to pilots of business aircraft who were training under a full-service contract at the time of their job loss.

June 23, 2009 - 12:00pm

Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of Williams International, died yesterday at the age of 88, according to a statement issued by his company. Williams patented the small turbofan engine and built on his company’s successful development of tiny cruise missile engines to break into the rarefied world of civil turbine engine manufacturers with introduction of the FJ44 line of turbofans.


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