Aviation International News » December 2006

December 11, 2006 - 4:21am

In the June 2005 issue of AIN I wrote about a fully loaded British Airways 747 that was taking off from Los Angeles bound for London when one of its engines emitted a large fireball just after liftoff. I commented on the wisdom (or lack of wisdom) of proceeding on a 16-hour flight with one engine out and uncertainty about the extent of damage to the engine or the airframe.

December 8, 2006 - 11:08am

Hundreds of people surrounded CRS Jet Spares’ NBAA booth as the company announced that Amy Smith of Averitt Air in Nashville, Tenn., was the winner of a 2006 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster motorcycle.

December 8, 2006 - 11:05am

Avcon Industries, a subsidiary of Butler National, has received FAA group approval for its next-generation RVSM solution in Learjet 35/36s equipped with the FC-200 autopilot. According to the company, the Avcon RVSM solution now covers the Learjet 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 35 and 36 and allows interface with the most advanced glass-cockpit display systems.

December 8, 2006 - 11:01am

“Landmark Aviation is pleased to celebrate a milestone that demonstrates our commitment to Dassault service and Falcon operators,” said company president Shawn Vick. “Along with VF Corp., whose aircraft is number 50,000 in terms of Landmark Aviation and legacy Landmark service events, we celebrate the Falcon and look forward to an enduring collaboration with Dassault and our customers.”

December 8, 2006 - 10:54am

National Jets began life as an air ambulance operator and branched into other aviation services, such as FBO and maintenance offerings, to support that business. Eventually the company realized that those ancillary services should be profit centers themselves, and the company made a name for itself as an MRO operation.

December 8, 2006 - 10:46am

GE has signed Herzog as the launch customer for its new Challenger 601 CF34 engine modernization program. The program for the CF34-1A/-3A/-3A2 engines upgrades the hot section to enable operators to transition from a “hard time” maintenance schedule with scheduled hot-section inspections and overhauls to an “on-condition” maintenance schedule.

December 8, 2006 - 10:43am

The European Aviation Safety Agency has approved Gulfstream Aerospace to provide comprehensive maintenance services for the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200 at its service center in Luton, England.

December 8, 2006 - 10:40am

Embraer has named Premier Air Center/West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction and Dallas locations factory-authorized service centers for the new Embraer Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. Under the terms of the agreement, the Colorado and Dallas locations will be authorized to perform warranty repairs
on both models.

December 8, 2006 - 10:38am

Jet Aviation’s Dallas MRO operation has been acquired by Premier/West Star. Jet Aviation will continue to provide FBO services such as fuel at the Love Field location, while Premier/West Star will provide aircraft maintenance services. The arrangement gives Premier/West Star the facility’s factory-authorized Cessna Citation rating and it will continue to specialize in Hawkers, Learjets, Falcons, King Airs, Beechjets and Westwinds.

December 8, 2006 - 9:36am

Repair station operators have a new option when considering ways to meet the new FAA training requirements. Avstar Media of Addison, Texas, has released a computer-based training program to assist FAA-certified repair stations with the initial and recurrent training requirements set forth in the latest revision of 14 CFR Part 145.