The National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Tuesday to compel DOT Secretary Ray LaHood to order the FAA to implement safety recommendations from the NTSB concerning runway safety and flight-into-icing conditions.
AINmxReports » February 25, 2009
The owners of Sunset Aviation, the charter/management company sold to JetDirect Aviation in May 2007, have formed a new company called Sunset Aviation LLC. The new Sunset expects to receive its FAA Part 135 certificate within a week or 10 days, according to primary shareholder and CEO Dan Drohan, and should grow from 30 aircraft currently to near 50 by the end of next month and add authorization for 10-or-more-seat jets in about 90 days.
Bombardier shared an update on the Learjet 85 program with customers today, revealing that the program remains on schedule for service entry in 2013 and that the design is “mature” and has entered the technology readiness phase. Subscale test articles for the all-composite airframe are being laid up, said David Coleal, Learjet vice president and general manager.
Despite all the gloom about the recession, this year’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., easily exceeded all expectations when it ended on Tuesday, with record attendance of 17,995 people, up from last year’s record total of 17,373. Exhibitor numbers also climbed a strong 12 percent, to 585 from last year’s 523, and the show exhibit area and static display included 65 helicopters.
With VLJ manufacturer Eclipse Aviation facing Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings, an organization is needed to provide support to owners of the 259 Eclipse 500 jets in the field.
In a letter sent to employees on Tuesday, Eclipse Aviation general manager Michael McConnell and CFO Mark Borseth wrote that “our company is out of time and money” and that the company’s senior secured creditors filed a motion in bankruptcy court for Chapter 7 liquidation. The plan by Eclipse’s largest shareholder, Etirc Aviation, to buy the company’s assets and eventually restart production of the Eclipse 500 VLJ has failed, they said.
Nextant Aviation subsidiary Constant Aviation finished a 41,000-foot modification and 48-month inspection on a China-based Embraer Legacy 600. “This is the first 41,000-foot modification completed outside Embraer’s manufacturing production facility,” the company said. The modification allows the Legacy 600 to fly at much more efficient high altitudes in China.
The FAA returned the repair station certificate that it suspended from AAR Landing Gear Services on February 10, and the AAR division immediately resumed working on customer landing gears. While the FAA claimed that AAR “returned aircraft parts to service as being overhauled when they were not, and failed to perform required maintenance procedures,” the company filed a petition for review with the NTSB.
Future technicians can now take advantage of a combined FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and associate degree program offered by St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Fla., and National Aviation Academy.
JSfirm announced Monday at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., that companies using their Web sites to advertise job openings can take advantage of JSfirm’s “E” program.
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