A total rewrite of Federal Communications Commission Part 87 has been proposed. Part 87 covers frequency allocations and the certification of aircraft radio equipment, unicom and other ground stations. The FCC said the proposal is designed to update requirements to reflect the latest technological advances, as well as to eliminate duplication and outmoded and other unnecessary regulations. Comments are due March 14.
Aviation International News » December 2001
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower federal court ruling upholding an FAA decision that denies federal funding for Centennial Airport, a major GA facility near Denver. The case began nearly six years ago when Centennial Express applied to the airport board for permission to establish scheduled passenger service. The request was denied, igniting a legal battle.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has finished a two-year project to develop International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), but release of the document is pending IBAC’s obtaining liability insurance. Development of the standards started in March 2000 and culminated shortly before the NBAA Convention last month, when the IS-BAO board signed off on the document.
Revised lower life cycles of certain rotating parts of the CFE738 engines on the Falcon 2000 prompted a proposed AD to require replacement of these parts before they reach the new reduced limits. Specifically, the HPT stage 1 aft cooling plates would have to be replaced on or before reaching 3,500 cycles since new (CSN). The HPT stage 2 disks would have to be replaced on or before reaching 2,700 CSN.
The NTSB is investigating whether a rudder problem caused a United Boeing 737 to swing suddenly left and right and bank sharply while descending for landing in Chicago late last month. The pilots reported the airplane suddenly swung to the left and right when it started to descend at about 9,000 ft msl. When the autopilot was disconnected, the airplane banked sharply. Rudder problems are suspected in two fatal U.S.
Following the 1998 crash of a Swissair MD-11 off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has issued an aviation safety advisory concerning the location, size and power sources of standby flight instruments. However, the TSB is emphasizing that no evidence suggests these caused the accident.
That sound you hear is the subdued tightening of belts as business aviation faces a recession after a half-decade of unprecedented growth.
Midcoast Aviation in St. Louis is nearing group certification of an RVSM package for the Hawker 700. The company’s first STC will cover the Hawker 700s with Collins Pro Line II avionics. The cost of RVSM packages will range from $50,000 to $250,000, depending on the degree of modifications. Installation will range from one to four weeks.
The new Marsa Alam International Airport has opened in southern Egypt. The facility was built and is being operated by Kuwait’s M.A. Kharafi Group as a gateway to new upscale tourist resorts on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. The airport (ICAO code HEMA) offers a 9,800-ft runway with DVOR-DME. It can be kept open around the clock with 48 hr notice.
British Airways (BA) ditched its business jet charter service just six months after launching it with charter broker Air Partner, the result of cost-cutting after September 11. Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic said it is reconsidering its plans to operate business aircraft through a program dubbed Virgin Jetset.