David Wetherell, the chairman of Boston-based CMGI, and Kittridge Aviation are suing Bombardier and GE over what they allege are “undisclosed dangerous defects” in their new Challenger 604 following two separate in-flight engine failures (left and right engines) within a six-week period.
The FAA has revised the regulations covering temporary flight restrictions by creating a separate set of conditions to cover sporting events and airshows (new FAR 91.145) and revising the existing rules to apply only to disaster and hazard areas (retitled FAR 91.137).
GATES LEARJET 35A, CANCUN, MEXICO, AUG. 14, 2003–Learjet N403FW, registered to Aircraft Holdings and operated by Air America Flight Services, landed gear up at the Cancun International Airport (CUN) at 10:22 p.m. CDT. The airplane was substantially damaged but there were no injuries to the airline transport rated pilot and copilot, or to the three medical personnel onboard the airplane.
Mercury Air Group CEO Joe Czyzyk has directed the company’s Mercury Air Centers to provide free use of their facilities nationwide for any private or military aircraft on a humanitarian mission to New York, as long as there is a need and the flight is a verifiable relief operation. Mercury will provide fuel to these aircraft at cost and will not charge ramp fees.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced two days after the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon the formation of a Business Aviation Security Task Force to develop procedures to “prevent the illegal use of private, corporate, charter and fractional business aircraft by potential terrorists.”
NetJets Services has chosen Rockwell Collins to provide avionics maintenance repair and technical support on its fleets of Gulfstream G200s and Raytheon Hawker 400XPs. Under two separate 10-year agreements, Collins Aviation Services will provide NetJets with forward exchange avionics support.
Gulfstream Aerospace has awarded FlightSafety International a five-year contract to perform maintenance technician training at its Savannah, Ga. factory. The contract also includes training for all other Gulfstream
Elliott Aviation has received FAA STCs for installing Universal flat-panel integrated displays (FPIDs), Universal TAWS and Collins AHRS in Citation 550/560s. The Universal FPID STC replaces the standard Citation electromechanical or EFIS ADI and HSI flight instruments with Universal EFI-550 five-inch LCD FPIDs. Two-, three- or five-tube installation options are available.
In an effort to jump-start the organization, citing economic factors and membership growth as major motivators, the board of directors of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) recently voted to lower individual annual membership dues from $70 to $49.
The FAA has issued a class four rating to Million Air Salt Lake City’s FAA-approved aircraft repair station certificate. The rating is the highest possible and allows the Salt Lake City facility to conduct maintenance and repair on virtually every kind of fixed-wing aircraft. Million Air SLC performs airliner and corporate aircraft maintenance.