The Greek Falcon 900 in which seven people were killed during a series of violent oscillations on Sept. 14, 1999, is destined to be delivered in an airworthy condition to an unidentified Middle East customer for executive transportation, according to Jean-Pierre Sauval, general manager of Transairco, the Geneva-based service center that is said to be repairing the trijet.
Aviation International News » April 2003
A stroll through NBAA’s latest benchmark survey reveals a treasure trove of information from no fewer than 737 flight departments.
The third member of Cessna’s ever-growing Citation CJ series, the CJ3, moved closer to first flight within the next 90 days with final assembly of the first airframe, initial engine runs and the start of taxi trials last month. Powered by two 2,780-pound-thrust Williams FJ44-3As, the $5.895 million CJ3 (about $1 million more than the slightly smaller and less powerful CJ2) is targeted for certification in about 15 months.
A 32-year-old advisory circular still used as the basis for showing compliance with in-flight icing protection rules is currently undergoing an “extensive” revision, and the FAA has published a draft version of it for comments. The objective of the revision, said the agency, is to provide a “uniform and modern” means of compliance with regulations for ice-protection requirements.
The FAA’s suspension about three months ago of the U.S. pilot certificates of two Saudi Arabian Airlines pilots after the Transportation Security Administration labeled them a security threat won’t be overturned. An NTSB administrative law judge declined to review the case. The Safety Board normally hears appeals from pilots whose certificates are suspended by the FAA, but those cases typically involve alleged violations of FARs.
The fatal crash of a TBM 700 more than two years ago is just now leading to a proposed AD to require replacing the Anjou Aeronautique brand seatbelt/shoulder harnesses in 158 U.S.-registered examples of the turboprop single.
After providing corporate jet charter, maintenance, management and brokerage for more than 30 years, Atlantic Aviation Flight Services was sold last month to Voyager Group, a holding company whose properties include Yellowstone Jet Center in Bozeman, Mont., and Voyager Jet Center in West Mifflin, Pa.
In a study on the projected number of aircraft mechanics and technicians needed in the future, the General Accounting Office said the FAA’s mechanic training curriculum has not changed significantly in more than 50 years.
Conceding that the seniority system put in place late last year following the merger of fractional aircraft ownership companies Travel Air and Flight Options is “unfair,” new Flight Options chairman and CEO John Nahill said he is looking at recommendations from his pilots for a new, more equitable system.
Jet Aviation is looking for an executive to fill its top U.S. position permanently after Terrance Kelley stepped down in late February as president and COO of the aircraft charter, management and service company’s U.S. operations.