The chairman of Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) wants a mandatory 30-minute “run dry” requirement on all main gearboxes (MGB) for future helicopters. Wendy Tadros’s remarks came as part of the TSB’s investigation of the March 2009 fatal crash of a Sikorsky S-92A off Newfoundland, 11 minutes after its MGB ran out of oil.
Aviation International News » August 2011
The FAA is proposing a $194,249 civil penalty against ERA for alleged violations of its drug-and-alcohol testing regulations related to pre-employment screening and random testing of existing employees during 2009 and 2010. The OGP helicopter service company has since brought its hiring and drug testing programs into compliance.
CitationAir became the third of the four major jet fractional providers to have a unionized pilot workforce last month, with 52 percent of the more than 350 CitationAir pilots voting in favor of representation. Pilot voting turnout was “high,” International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) 1108 president Mat Slinghof told AIN, and only a simple majority (50 percent plus one vote) was needed for the union to be voted in.
Kestrel Aircraft selected Honeywell’s TPE331-14GR to power its all-composite single-engine turboprop. The Brunswick, Maine-based company was founded by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, to bring the former Farnborough Aircraft F1 Kestrel turboprop to market.
ExxonMobil confirmed to AIN that it has decided to exit the general aviation fuels business in the U.S. and dissolve its network of Avitat-branded FBOs.
The failure of Congress to agree on an extension of the FAA’s operating authorization by July 23 forced the agency to furlough nearly 4,000 employees and issue stop-work orders on projects ranging from the construction of new towers to the rehabilitation and modernization of ATC facilities because the agency was no longer authorized to access the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has appointed an airline lobbyist as its new leader. Fabio Gamba, most recently deputy secretary general of the Association of European Airlines (AEA), will join the business aviation association as CEO on September 1. EBAA’s current president and CEO, Brian Humphries, will remain as president.
Aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs) can now remain on while radiation checks are conducted on aircraft entering the country, as long as the exhaust vents for those units are eight feet above the ground or higher. NBAA said the shutdown requirement emerged when Customs agents began screening all aircraft arriving in the U.S. using radiation isotope identifier devices, causing “significant ground delays.”
General Dynamics has appointed Daniel Clare, former senior v-p and CFO of its Gulfstream subsidiary, president of its Jet Aviation Group. He replaces Peter Edwards, who stepped down in June. Jet Aviation also made several changes to the leadership in its EMEA and Asia divisions.
Under a contract signed by Eurocopter Deutschland and Mid-Continent, Eurocopter EC135 and EC145T2 models will be equipped with Mid-Continent Instruments True Blue Power MD835 emergency power supply systems.