Montreal-based CAE will build the first full-flight simulator for the new ARJ21 regional jet being developed by China’s AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co. The first aircraft to be designed and built entirely in China, the 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet is expected to enter service in China in 2009 and later elsewhere.
Aviation International News » April 2006
Two instances of bearing failure in GE CT7-8A turboshaft engines prompted the FAA to issue an emergency AD (2006-06-51) on March 17. The directive requires Sikorsky S-92 operators to inspect the chip detector for debris at intervals of 25 hours. The FAA says aluminum oxide contamination caused the first failure and damage from improper use of a tool caused the bearing to fail in the second case.
The FAA last month issued AD 2006-06-06, the result of further icing accidents and incidents involving the Cessna Caravan, flight manual revisions that contain erroneous data and the outcome of recent flight tests. The directive supersedes AD 2005-07-01, issued in March last year. The FAA said that flight manual revisions issued on Dec.
Italian FBO group Sky Services has broken a 40-year-old fuel monopoly at Milan Linate Airport. The independent company has faced protracted legal and bureaucratic battles to establish its right to handle business aircraft at Italian airports and has now defeated attempts by Milan airport authority ATA to prevent its selling fuel directly to business aircraft.
After the FAA removed the transcript of the first public meeting about the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ) from the Web, AOPA filed a Freedom of Information Act request to have it returned to public view.
After nearly a year of planning, the FAA is launching a new en route traffic-management tool called airspace flow programs (AFP). The goal of the AFP is to shift away from using ground delays at destination airports not affected by en route weather as a tool to manage traffic demand during severe weather.
Swiss-based charter and management provider PrivatAir has created a team dedicated exclusively to marketing its charter services for financial roadshows, such as initial public offerings, typically requiring flights to multiple destinations in a short time. Swiss-based competitor Jet Aviation established a dedicated financial roadshow team last summer.
Jeffrey Borer, former owner of defunct charter operator XtraJet, and Arvel Reeves, previous owner of one-timeaircraft services firm Executive Aviation Logistics, admitted guilt in a plea bargain on federal charges of secretly videotaping entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while they were flying aboard a chartered Gulfstream IISP on Nov. 20, 2003.
The sentence from a Westchester County, N.Y. judge is “time served” (about nine months) for the drunk young man who took a Cessna 172 for a joyride last June from Danbury Airport, in Connecticut, landing at Westchester County Airport at 4:30 a.m. Philippe Patricio, 21, still faces airport security charges in Danbury.
U.S. fractional providers appear to be poised for growth. NetJets recently said it plans to hire 450 pilots this year, and New York-based analyst UBS Investment Research predicts the company will take delivery of 76 business jets by year-end. Bombardier Flexjet plans to hire 135 pilots this year, and a source close to the company said the operator will take delivery of 20 Learjets and Challengers during the same period.