In a move advertised as another triumph for Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell’s economic stimulus plan, Republic Airlines has agreed to establish a new overnight maintenance facility and crew base at Pittsburgh International Airport that will employ between 60 and 70 mechanics and 60 to 70 pilots and flight attendants.
Aviation International News » April 2006
Delta Air Lines’ planned expansion at New York JFK Airport this summer will include a new three-year code-share deal with Mesa Air Group to fly twelve 37-seat de Havilland Dash 8-200 turboprops from the Big Apple.
Colombian domestic airline AeroRepublica has placed a firm order for five 108-seat Embraer 190s and options on another 20 of the latest member of Embraer’s E-Jet line. A wholly owned subsidiary of Panama’s Copa Holdings, AeroRepublica plans to start taking deliveries in November and immediately press the airplanes into service on existing domestic routes.
Air Canada Jazz suspended all service to Toronto City Centre Airport on March 1 after an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the airline would have to vacate the premises to make way for Regco Holdings subsidiary Porter Airlines. Jazz sought an injunction from the provincial court to block its eviction from the facilities by the leaseholder, fellow Regco subsidiary City Centre Aviation.
Meggitt subsidiary S-Tec announced last month that the Magic EFIS and Series 2100 autopilot have been approved for installation in the King Air E90.
The cockpit upgrade includes Meggitt’s 4.5- by 5.6-inch LCD flight displays and the Magic 2100 autopilot, a three-axis, digital flight control system that S-Tec developed to bring “jet functionality” to the twin-turboprop market. Installed price for the package is about $120,000.
Marinvent, the Canadian research firm, received a U.S. patent last month for its dynamic non-linear display technology, developed to bring a semblance of calm to displays that simultaneously must provide high resolution and large value ranges.
The FAA last month issued another airworthiness directive related to the Primus Epic avionics system, this time calling for GIV and GV operators to revise their flight manuals to include crew procedures should the cockpit displays go blank.
If you routinely fly aboard a business jet with an onboard Inmarsat satcom system, chances are you’ve heard of a Florida company called Satcom Direct. You’re probably even a customer.
Founded in 1997, Satcom Direct changed the world of satcom calling forever by offering dedicated telephone numbers that callers can use to reach the company airplane no matter where in the world it might be flying.
First revealed publicly by AIN (December, page 20), but still not reported in other aviation media, the aerospace industry’s hitherto secret Project Mercury has, as forecast, now been acknowledged as a potential supplier of a turnkey nationwide ADS-B network for the FAA.
FAA Air Traffic Organization (ATO) officials early last month briefed government and industry representatives on the cost-benefit analysis of nationwide ADS-B implementation, as requested by the agency’s top-level Joint Resources Council (JRC). The ATO is scheduled to submit the analysis to the JRC in early June.