After being purchased last year by American Airlines, TWA and its callsign ceased to exist, but not airplanes with its livery. Although all previous TWA flights are using American as their callsign, the airplanes still have TWA markings. The former TWA airplanes will be repainted in American colors, but the changeover is expected to take several years.
Aviation International News » December 2001
Beechjet 400/400A pilot training is now available on a new simulator at SimuFlite’s Dallas headquarters. The simulator features Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. SimuFlite plans to add King Air 350 simulator training next month and Hawker 800XP simulator training in the summer.
Raytheon Aircraft and Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) are teaming up to offer turbine aircraft resale customers an hourly-fee maintenance program. Called Tip to Tail, the program covers the cost of airframe and avionics parts, as well as the cost of labor required to maintain those components.
A third super-midsize Continental last month entered flight testing with a 1 hr 53 min flight from Bombardier’s Wichita Flight Test Center. The aircraft is dedicated mostly to avionics testing, including the autopilot, yaw damper, flight management system, EFIS and Eicas. As of December 6, the first Continental had flown 136 hr on 54 flights since August 14.
Cessna has completed RVSM Service Bulletins for the Citation V, S/II and II, and an SB was pending at press time for the Citation I. RVSM kits are expected to be priced at $89,000. In Europe, RVSM is scheduled to be implemented January 24, after which non-compliant aircraft will be excluded from European airspace between FL 290 and FL 410. There are five factory-approved facilities in Europe.
The European Commission (EC) has issued revised noise proposals that abandon its earlier demands for a blanket ban on hush-kitted aircraft with mtow of more than 75,000 lb using any airports in the 15-state European Union (EU) after this coming April. But the new draft directive, published on November 28, leaves open the possibility of a limited number of individual airports being able to exclude or restrict “marginal Stage 3” aircraft.
Fairchild Dornier at last month’s NBAA Convention in New Orleans chalked orders for three more Envoy 3s, bringing the order book for the executive-configured high-wing twinjet to 10, according to Dean Rush, president of the company’s corporate aircraft division. To date, eight Envoy 3s have been delivered to customers.
Airport and aircraft operators that are required to have security programs under Parts 107 and 108, respectively, must now include fingerprint-based criminal history records checks for prospective and current employees who have or will have access authority to aircraft boarding, movement and service areas. The FAA says fingerprinting is being required because previous employment investigations are not adequate.
Marc Fruchter, 55, who started Fruchter Aviation in 1982 and built it into one of the largest FBOs at Reading Regional (Pa.) Airport, is selling the business to company president Jeffrey Alderfer. Fruchter was in the forefront of the controversy between charter operators and fractional providers even before he became a member of the Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
Westair Aviation, an FBO at Westchester County (N.Y.) Airport since 1950, moved into new facilities and expanded its services. The new complex, adjacent to the control tower on the non-airline side of the airport, features a 15,000-sq-ft heated hangar, 25,000 sq ft of ramp parking, passenger terminal, crew lounge and computerized flight planning.