Dole Food and its affiliate Castle & Cook have purchased three Eclipse 500 very light jets (VLJs) that will join a current corporate aircraft fleet. Dole’s flight department is based in Van Nuys, Calif., and includes a Global Express. “The decision to purchase these jets was made based on safety, performance and economics,” said Dole Food owner David Murdock.
Aviation International News » December 2006
Airbus A318s powered by CFM International engines were approved by the EASA for 180-minute extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS). FAA validation of 180-minute ETOPS is targeted for the first half of next year. The first A318 with the 180-minute ETOPS capability is a corporate Elite to be delivered to Comlux Aviation of Switzerland.
Hamburg, Germany, plans to present the first Crystal Cabin Awards at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, to be held in the city from April 17 to 19 next year. The awards will be divided into several design categories, including comfort and health, environmental, entertainment and communication, innovation, safety and security, and future concepts, as well as an overall winner. Winners will receive a Crystal Cabin trophy.
The FAA is proposing to amend the digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit filtering of original parameter sensor signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded. “As a result, the data being recorded did not accurately reflect the aircraft’s performance or the movements of the flight controls,” the agency said.
Associated Air Center, a Landmark Aviation company based at Dallas Love Field, signed a contract for its 12th Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) interior. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Love Field in March. Associated Air Center became an authorized ACJ completion facility in 2003 and is also an approved ACJ service center.
AIN’s 2006 Product Support Survey should have shown Honeywell’s support of the TFE731 turbofan receiving an overall average rating of 7.02, a 3.24-percent increase of its overall average rating from the 2005 survey, and tied with the overall average rating of P&WC. In the chart on page 52 of the September issue, the 2006 overall average rating was incorrectly given as 6.40.
The proposed procedure for reimbursing FBOs, flight schools and other providers of general aviation ground-support services at five airports in the Washington, D.C. area for financial losses they incurred while the airports were closed after 9/11 is “a cumbersome government process” for small businesses and they will be “intimidated,” according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
Long Island Jet Center sold its Farmingdale, N.Y. FBO to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based SheltAir Aviation Services and contracted with SheltAir to operate the company’s Islip, Long Island FBO under the SheltAir brand name. Under the agreement, which was scheduled to be finalized on December 1, SheltAir will also help manage Long Island Jet Center at Westhampton Beach, but that FBO won’t take on the SheltAir name.
The Airbus A380 Wake Vortex Steering Group recently issued new recommendations for A380 wake turbulence spacing. The group includes representatives from the FAA, JAA, Eurocontrol and Airbus. For a heavy aircraft following an A380 on approach and landing, add two nautical miles to the existing standard, for a total of six. Medium aircraft, add three, for a total of eight. And light aircraft, add four, for 10 total.