Regional airlines and other Part 121 operators may have to equip their aircraft with a switch within easy reach of the pilot or copilot that immediately activates the transponder hijacking code, if a proposed rule is adopted. Although the proposal would apply initially only to airlines, the FAA is asking industry to comment on its appropriateness to Part 91 and 135 operators.
Aviation International News » February 2003
Authorities recently arrested two regional airline pilots for trying to carry weapons through security and onto their respective flights. The first incident occurred in Harrisburg, Pa., on December 29, when security screeners detected a lock-blade knife in the carry-on bag of a CRJ captain during an X-ray inspection.
Polish flag carrier LOT confirmed last month that it will place a firm order for ten 70-seat Embraer 170s. LOT’s supervisory board approved the estimated $200 million deal on January 10, finally settling a hard-fought competition between the Brazilian manufacturer and its Canadian counterpart, Bombardier. Scheduled for delivery early next year, the first of the 70-seat jets will augment a fleet of fourteen 50-seat Embraer
The Canadian government’s export financing arm, the Export Development Corporation (EDC), has advanced another $100 million loan to Delta Connection subsidiary Comair for its current deliveries of twenty 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700s, the first of which the manufacturer delivered last September.
Atlantic Coast Airlines last month petitioned a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to force United Airlines to reveal its plans for the continuation of the ACA’s United Express contract by February 28. Operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy since December 9, United could reject or maintain the terms of the current agreement.
Federal bankruptcy court judge Stephen Mitchell has approved US Airways’ plan to enter into a new operating agreement with Indianapolis-based Republic Airways that calls for the introduction of another 32 regional jets into the US Airways Express system.
The federal court judge presiding over VisionAire’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reorganization apparently found sufficient merit in one or both investment offers the company presented in court on January 9, one a memorandum of agreement and the other a letter of intent, that he granted a continuance until January 21.
First flight of the third flying single-turboprop Ibis Ae270 conforming prototype (S/N 5), previously expected last fall, is now expected to take place this month. It is the first prototype powered by the more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66A turboprop slated for the Ae270HP. Rated at 1,583 eshp (thermodynamic), the engine is derated to 850 shp (takeoff).
Fund-raising remains the primary endeavor of Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd., according to Jonathan Sumner, marketing director. The UK company has maintained this focus since stockholders backed lead investor Geoffrey Galley at an extraordinary general meeting last July and ousted Farnborough-Aircraft.com founder Richard Noble.
Cessna established a trilogy of CitationJet derivatives with the announcement of the CJ3 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando last September. Compared with the CJ2, the CJ3 has a 24-inch-longer cabin, with standard seating for six in a center-club configuration.