Learjet 30-series jets operating in the Pacific Rim can have RVSM mods performed by Jet Aviation Singapore. Under an agreement with the jet’s manufacturer, Bombardier, Jet Aviation will arrange for height-monitoring flights and install modifications to make the aircraft RVSM-compliant. The agreement applies to Learjet 31s, 31As, 35s, 35As, 36 and 36As. RVSM currently applies in Pacific airspace from FL 290 to FL 390 inclusive.
Aviation International News » April 2002
According to the AOL Time Warner flight department, it wasn’t a hijack code that was mistakenly squawked (AIN, December 2001, page 10), but the inadvertent use of a secret pilot/controller code word that means hijacking that led to the forced landing in Brandon, Manitoba last October of a company Gulfstream V. The jet’s 10 occupants were then handcuffed at gunpoint.
A bankruptcy court judge in the Czech Republic last month granted bankruptcy petitions filed by several creditors against Moravan Airplanes and Libor Soska, CEO of LZ Aircraft Works, the company formed by the merger of Moravan and Let Kunovice. The judge then declared Soska involuntarily bankrupt.
Don Judy, a mechanic for Addison (Texas) Airport-based DFW Aero Mechanix, was killed last month when the landing gear of a King Air 200 apparently collapsed and the airplane fell on him. According to published reports, the airplane, owned by King Aviation of Dallas, landed at Addison Airport after circling for an hour to burn fuel because its indicators showed that the landing gear wasn’t locked in place.
Construction of Wing Aviation, which started last September at Montgomery County Airport in Conroe, Texas, is now slated to finish in the fall instead of this month, as originally scheduled. The new facility will include a 40,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and a 14,000-sq-ft paint hangar. Wing’s new 12,000-sq-ft terminal building will house crew and passenger lounges, a conference room, flight-planning room, showers, gym and other amenities.
Insight into the competitive performances of FlightSafety International and Executive Jet can be found in a candid and personal letter by Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett to shareholders in his company. In the midst of the financial data, he singles out the leaders of these two divisions, Al Ueltschi and Richard Santulli.
CCAir president Carter Leake last month notified his employees that parent company Mesa Air Group planned to close the money-losing regional airline on July 1. Leake’s memo arrived on the same day as Mesa’s latest contract proposal to CCAir’s pilots. The pilots rejected a previous proposal.
Part 150 noise-study recommendations for Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Wheeling, Ill., which include a nighttime ban on Stage 2 jets with a mtow of less than 75,000 lb, were accepted by the city’s airport commission. The proposals now advance to the city of Prospect Heights, Ill., and the village of Wheeling for their acceptance or rejection.
When the Aviation and Transportation Security Act was adopted last November, the flight-training industry was told that an online system would be in place by January to expedite submissions of the required notifications to the attorney general when a foreign national applies for training in aircraft with a mtow of 12,500 lb or more (or simulators for such aircraft).
Europe approved funding late last month to launch full development of the Galileo satellite navigation system, which will provide the EU with an alternative to GPS. Go-ahead for Galileo addresses Europe’s concerns that GPS is vulnerable to the wartime whim of its operator, the U.S. Department of Defense. Establishing the system is expected to cost $3 billion and employ 100,000 people.