Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has appointed Lufthansa A.E.R.O. a designated overhaul facility for the PW150 series of turboprop engines. According to a P&WC spokesperson, Lufthansa A.E.R.O. is the first independent designated overhaul facility for the engine and will provide operators of Bombardier Q400s an additional choice for repair and overhaul services.
“The pilot points the plane, but who points the pilot?” read the sign over the Avitat exhibit at the 17th annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio in January. It was a blunt affirmation of schedulers’ and dispatchers’ contribution to safe and efficient flight operations.
Steve Fossett saddled up the single-Williams-turbofan Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer once more and, after takeoff from the Kennedy Space Center’s 15,000-foot runway in Florida on February 8, flew for 76 hours 45 minutes before landing at Bournemouth Airport on the south coast of England–after a second crossing of the Atlantic, and after burning all but about 200 of the 18,000 pounds of jet fuel with which he had started.
The pilots of St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings subsidiary GoJet Airlines have elected the Teamsters union as their collective bargaining representative. The Teamsters filed for representation with the National Mediation Board on September 15, the day GoJet flew its first revenue flight, and after six months of lobbying received near unanimous approval from the approximately 100 pilots.
April 10 is the comment deadline for a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposal to require more detailed reporting of top executive compensation, including such perks as personal use of corporate aircraft. One of the proposals would lower the threshold at which perks must be disclosed. Companies currently must reveal perks if the total aggregate value is more than $50,000, or 10 percent of the total annual salary and bonus.
Talk about making inroads. The FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS from Chelton Flight Systems has received STC approvals in several helicopter models recently, and no fewer than eight of the helicopters on display at February’s Heli-Expo in Dallas were fitted with the system.
As the launch customer for the new Learjet 40XR, Bombardier Flexjet announced the induction of the first three of the new type into the fractional provider’s fleet. Flexjet will take delivery of four more Learjet 40XRs by year-end. In the accompanying photo, Flexjet chief pilot Rick Handschurch welcomes the arrival of the first 40XR.
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and the FAA signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) in late March on land-use planning around the nation’s airports.
A 63-percent affirmative vote last month by the pilots of Northwest Airlines for a new labor deal officially frees Northwest (operating as Compass Airlines) to fly regional jets certified to hold up to 76 seats. Northwest plans to launch the operation next month with a single 50-seat CRJ200 flying twice daily between Minneapolis and Washington Dulles International Airport.
Right now more than 250 aircraft–the majority of them helicopters–are positioned around Spain, to address what everyone expects to be another busy summer of brush and forest fires. One of the country’s biggest contributors to this annual effort is Helisureste, based in Alicante on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The company has built a lot of experience in the field since its formation in 1984.