ECHA Microbiology, based in Cardiff, Wales, has developed a test kit that can provide a numerical indication of microbial contamination in aircraft fuel tanks. The kit received the Institute of Petroleum’s annual innovation award and an endorse-ment from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Aviation International News » April 2003
Deer Horn Aviation has acquired Avion Flight Centre at Midland International Airport (MAF), Texas. The FBO will retain the name Avion Flight Centre. As part of the acquisition, Deer Horn signed a 35-year land lease with the city of Midland for the 39.5-acre leasehold. The Avion facility includes 400,000 sq ft of hangar/office space and a 320,000-gallon fuel farm. A new terminal complex is scheduled for completion in June.
Black-tail jackrabbits used to have a cushy home on the expansive grounds of Miami International Airport (MIA). But since construction started a year ago on a new 8,600-foot runway, hundreds of the rabbits have been displaced from their homes and are taking to the existing runways, chasing each other around at all hours. That is a real problem for airlines and all other aircraft operators who use the airport.
Aircraft flying in to this month’s Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., will have a new hangar/office complex at which to park. The new construction at Augusta Bush Field (AGS) increases total storage capacity at the FBO to 32,000 sq ft. Construction crews started work on the new 16,000-sq-ft hangar/office complex last spring and it opened for business early this year.
The National Air Transportation Association developed a Transportation Security Administration-approved program in time to meet the April 1 deadline for completion of TSA-required fingerprinting and background checks of crewmembers of air-taxi operators flying aircraft with an mtow of 12,500 pounds or more.
All fatal accidents are tragic, but the crash of Alberto-Culver’s GIV on takeoff from Palwaukee Municipal Airport on that windy late October morning nearly seven years ago was not only tragic but also included several elements that made it particularly susceptible to post-crash litigation.
The fatal crash of the Alberto-Culver Gulfstream IV at Palwaukee Municipal Airport on Oct. 30, 1996, has spawned one of the most lengthy, and very likely one of the most costly, litigation processes in the history of business aviation.
Eurocopter has denied a report in the March 7 Washington Times that it sent spare parts to Iraq for its Gazelle military helicopters. A Eurocopter spokesman told AIN that since August 1990, the Marseilles, France-based helicopter manufacturer has “strictly observed the terms of United Nations resolution 661,” embargoing the export of military goods to Iraq.
In the late winter of 1923, these 12 men were most of the workforce of the fledgling Sikorsky Aircraft. When this vintage image was captured, the men were taking a break in their struggle to complete an early flying-boat design inside a decrepit shed on a Long Island, N.Y. chicken farm. Visionary Igor Sikorsky (fifth from right) was in those days a freshly arrived Russian émigré, driven to the U.S.
With a max gross weight of nearly 29,000 pounds, the Mil Mi-17 is no small helicopter. It is a workhorse that has gained a considerable following in most parts of the world. More than 10,000 Mi-17s and Mi-8s (from which it was derived) have been delivered for both military and civilian roles since the 1960s, including more than 2,400 for export. Some 200 are operating in Central America and the northern countries of South America.