The FAA released the results of an 18-month study on general aviation airports last week that “highlights the pivotal role [they] play in our society, economy and the entire aviation system.”
AINalerts » May 22, 2012
Eclipse Aerospace is outsourcing manufacturing of airframe structural components for the new Eclipse 550 very light jet to PZL Mielec, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. UTC is the parent company of Sikorsky, which is a minority owner of Eclipse.
For the first time in its 65-year history, the FBO at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport now has a private operator–Sheltair. The company marked the milestone with an official grand-opening ceremony at the facility yesterday afternoon.
The NTSB has added a number of new documents to thepublic docket for the April 2, 2011 crash of a flight test Gulfstream G650. The first entry was on April 14, 2011, and included photographs. The NTSB then added no other material to the docket until January 24, and since then information has been added on a frequent basis.
The EASA issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive for Eurocopter EC225 medium-twin helicopters, requiring operators to closely monitor vibrations. The emergency action stems from a May 10 incident involving an EC225 operated by Bond Offshore Helicopters, which safely ditched, with 14 on board, into the North Sea. Under the AD, those EC225s not equipped with vibration health monitoring are restricted to day VFR for flights over water.
NATA has published the results of its 2012 compensation survey of general aviation service employees, which includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel, maintenance technicians, inspectors and line service and customer service representatives, among others. Employee compensation is also broken down by geographic region of the country, company gross sales, community size and number of employees in the company. The report is free for NATA members who participated in the study, but costs $130 for non-participating members.
Columbia Avionics & Aircraft Services has received FAA STC approval for installation of touch-screen Garmin GTN-750 and GTN-650 GPS navcoms in the Cessna Citation 650. Similar STCs are pending for Citation Models 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560, the Columbia, Mo.-based company said. The STC includes various combinations of the GTN navcoms, Garmin GTX-33ES Mode-S transponders, Garmin GDL-69/A weather datalink and a marker beacon receiver.
Hawker Beechcraft secured orders for 11 aircraft–including three Hawker 4000s, a Hawker 400XPR, six King Air 350i turboprops and a King Air 250–worth more than $120 million during EBACE 2012 last week.
FlightAware has added live general aviation flight tracking services in Europe, as well as two new products: FlightAware Global and FBO ToolBox Europe. FlightAware Global is an enterprise flight tracking product for aircraft operators that combines FlightAware’s web interface with dozens of data sources for seamless flight tracking in more than 40 countries across Europe, North America and Australia.
The EASA has issued a new emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) after further cracks were detected on the lower hub-shaft flange of two other Eurocopter EC135 light-twin helicopters. Repetitive preflight inspections are required and different from those described in a first emergency AD, issued in March. The initial inspections proved insufficient. The investigation is ongoing.