Business aviation catering took a substantial step toward standardizing international safety and standards with the official launch of Aviation Catering Consultants.
Aviation International News » December 2011
Amid several recent cases of airports establishing FBOs to compete directly with existing service providers, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is concerned that this could become a growing paradigm.
Oil-and-gas service company PHI has selected Sagem’s AGS flight operations monitoring system for its helicopter fleet. AGS is a ground-based solution that reads and analyzes flight data from aircraft. PHI will be using it as part of its line activity monitoring program (Lamp).
The single-engine Privateer amphibian was to have flown earlier this year, but is currently still under construction, although now in the final assembly phase.
Engine maker Pratt & Whitney is expanding the market for its patented EcoPower engine washing system to helicopters. The first EcoPower helicopter engine washes were performed earlier this year on a U.S. Navy SH-60 Seahawk at Naval Base Coronado, Calif.
Shortly after Piper Aircraft posted billboards in Wichita advertising for engineers, the company suspended further development of the single-engine PiperJet Altaire, “following a review to align the company’s business goals with the light jet market outlook, investment strategies and overall economic forecasts.”
Unless a knotty labor problem that has gridlocked FAA reauthorization negotiations is resolved, another shutdown of the FAA is possible, the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee warned last month.
The rules for aircraft registered in the European Union require that technicians perform database updates on aircraft that weigh more than 6,020 pounds. Pilots are allowed to update databases for instrument panel-mounted navigation systems on privately owned aircraft (including helicopters and gliders) that weigh less than 6,020 pounds, and the pilot must own or be joint owner of the aircraft, according to regulation 2042/2003 Part M.
While the trend of declining worldwide aircraft deliveries didn’t stop in the third quarter of the year, its pace did slow, according to statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Hawaii’s highly changeable, localized weather could be a factor in the fatal crash of another air-tour helicopter. The NTSB is investigating the November 10 crash of a new Eurocopter EC130B4 EcoStar on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The EcoStar was operated by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, the launch customer for the EcoStar in 2001, and was owned by a Nevada leasing company.