The FAA issued a final rule that requires all new commercial airliners to have systems that significantly reduce the risk of center fuel tank fires and those that were built after 1991 to be retrofitted. Although the November 2005 NPRM would have included some transport-category aircraft operated under Part 91, the final rule does not.
Aviation International News » August 2008
The FAA has awarded an FAR Part 145 repair station certificate to Red River Turbines. The company specializes in the repair and overhaul of GE CJ610 and CF700 engines and recently announced the completion of what it says is the world’s first commercial engine test cell built to both industry and military depot level specifications.
BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul companies Dallas Airmotive, Premier Turbines and International Turbine Service have been granted Importer Self Assessment (ISA) certification by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.
The FAA issued a final rule that specifies the extended duration of first- and third-class medicals for pilots under age 40. Effective July 24, the agency extended the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40. According to AOPA, current and expired medical certificates are grandfathered under this rule.
Parts supplier Turbine Engine Consultants (TECI) has announced the availability of a consignment program called Excess Inventory Management. TECI says EIM gives customers an easy, reliable and profitable solution for excess and surplus inventory. TECI owns a 75,000-sq-ft secure and climate-controlled warehouse for EIM inventory that has multiple loading docks and a variety of shipping methods.
The FAA has provided grant money to fund a hotline for charter operators to report “suspected illegal commercial activity,” according to the National Air Transportation Association, which is administering the system.
FlyEmbraer (www.flyembraer.com) is a new Internet portal that the Brazilian manufacturer has launched to provide after-sales services and customer support. FlyEmbraer was developed to offer clients user-oriented tools and online data to support aircraft fleet operations.
The 2008 Farnborough International airshow (held from July 14 through 20) largely confounded widespread predictions that provide clear evidence of an industry heading into a downturn. A fresh wave of airliner orders, mainly from carriers in the fast-growing Middle Eastern and Asian markets, bolstered Airbus and Boeing, along with their phalanx of global suppliers.
Jet Works Air Center recently broke ground on its 43,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar expansion in Denton, Texas. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year and will include 40,000 sq ft for additional aircraft maintenance and repair, inspections and avionics installations. Similar to the existing Jet Works facility, the new hangar will also accommodate long-range business jets such as the Global Express and Gulfstream V.
A near midair collision on July 21 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport that involved an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet and a Part 91-operated Bombardier Learjet 60 is under investigation by the NTSB. At 12:47 p.m. local time, the regional jet was departing Runway 32L and the Learjet– N252RP, owned and operated by Electrolux Home Products–was landing on Runway 9R.