Starting with its first “clean sheet” engine design since 1972, but minus one of the two original customers, Honeywell brought the new AS907 to dual FAA engine and production certification in June, just 44 months after the project was launched.
Aviation International News » August 2002
The aircraft modification business represents American enterprise at its best–dozens of small companies each turning out a variety of unique products aimed at what traditionally appears to be a narrow segment of the worldwide marketplace. Modification specialists are inventors–critical thinkers and dreamers who often see solutions to problems the rest of us assumed were unfixable.
If aviation insurance news has been mostly bad since September 11, there is still one small bright spot in the industry. Life insurance premiums for corporate pilots have either remained stagnant or actually decreased since last September. And aviation operators have an increasing variety of choices for providing life insurance for their employees.
The NTSB’s recently released factual report of the crash on January 24 last year of a privately owned Aero Vodochody L-39 former Czech Republic military jet trainer that killed Wall Street Journal aerospace editor Jeff Cole riding as a passenger and pilot Michael Chowdry, founder and CEO of cargo carrier Atlas Air, draws attention to the pilot’s skill, experience and attitude, as well as a possible severe and sudden change in the airplane’s ha
Considering the circumstances, NBAA, its membership and participants in the association’s 2001 convention in New Orleans were generally satisfied, despite the reduced numbers of attendees and exhibitors. This year, despite a struggling U.S. economy, show organizers for the Orlando event expect a show equal in scale to what had originally been anticipated in New Orleans.
At 11:35 p.m. on July 1, two transport-category aircraft collided over the northern shore of Lake Constance near the town of Ueberlingen, Germany, at the Swiss border. Sixty-nine passengers and crew aboard a Tupolev Tu-154M owned and operated by Bashkirian Airlines (BAC) were killed when it collided with DHL Flight 611, a scheduled cargo flight in a Boeing 757-200 freighter. The two DHL pilots, the only occupants onboard, were also killed.
The FAA now expects to publish the final rule on FAR Part 91 Subpart K by the end of this year, with implementation to follow in late 2003. The subpart will regulate fractional ownership operations and make some modifications to Part 135.
As the financial community has been shaken by the downfall of Enron and Worldcom, so has the aviation charter industry been rattled by the demise of one of its stalwart brokerage firms. When online charter broker Flight Time surprised the industry by closing its portal on June 28 and declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the company apparently left some aircraft charter operators out of the money.
The FAA is considering a Boeing proposal that eventually could replace 18 different kinds of instrument approaches with a single, ILS-like procedure. Based on required navigation performance (RNP) and area navigation concepts, the new RNP Rnav approaches would use the aircraft FMS to create procedures that eliminate stepped or non-precision approach paths.
Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has introduced an international regulatory library on DVD and CD-ROM that contains nearly 13,000 pages of aviation maintenance regulations from the FAA and JAA, as well as ICAO. The annual subscription fee is $1,895 for U.S.-based subscribers and $2,275 for non-U.S.-based subscribers. ATP’s Navigator System allows users to customize and save searches based on aircraft type, engines, propellers and avionics.