At the end of this year, 43-year-old Philippines-based aviator and entrepreneur Iren Dornier plans to fly a soon-to-be-restored Dornier Do-24 seaplane around the world.
Aviation International News » February 2003
Stafford Regional Airport (RMN), located about 30 nm south-southwest of downtown Washington, D.C., is now providing transient aircraft and their crews services from a temporary building. Amenities include a pilot lounge and rest area, conference room, flight-planning facilities and a crew car.
A Frontier Airlines Boeing 737 was struck by lightning on New Year’s Eve en route to Tampa, Fla., setting off a chain of events that culminated in the arrest of a mechanic in Denver the following day. Conforming to company policy governing post-lightning strike checks, the maintenance team in Tampa inspected the aircraft (number 313) and made an appropriate entry in the logbook. However, that didn’t satisfy the Frontier mechanic in Denver.
The Centre for Human Sciences at British aerospace and defense research group Qinetiq has developed software that it says can assess and predict crew fatigue for any given set of flight operations. The system for aircrew fatigue evaluation (Safe) has been produced with the support of the UK Civil Aviation Authority and is now undergoing operational evaluation by the agency and several leading airlines.
Despite the encroachment of ever lighter new jet aircraft on the traditional marketplace for piston- and turboprop-powered models, there are always going to be requirements that can be cost effectively met only by rugged and versatile workhorses such as the Britten-Norman Islander.
“They’ve forgotten us,” said Victor Guzman, owner and president of GZM Aircraft Interiors, a small independent completion and refurb shop based at Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “They,” he explained, are a growing number of vendors who typically provide cabin interior components to independent (non-OEM) completion and refurb centers such as his.
A persistently optimistic outlook was in evidence at the first Large Executive & VIP Aircraft Conference: Opening speaker Arnaud Martin, program director of corporate and VIP aircraft for Airbus, noted that while sales are suffering as a result of a depressed U.S. economy, “The market is still alive.” The event, held December 11 and 12 in Hamburg, Germany, attracted some 50 delegates.
Flight schools must innovate to survive, since airlines are no longer able to sponsor tuition and a pilot career has lost its appeal amid headlines announcing furloughs, according to Oxford Aviation Training (OAT). The company said a UK pilot shortage within five years is a foregone conclusion, while elsewhere in Europe pilot demand “is expected to outstrip [training] capacity significantly starting in 2004.”
The first customer TBM 700C2, the latest variant of EADS Socata’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-64-powered turboprop single, has arrived at Socata’s U.S. headquarters in Pembroke Pines, Fla., ready for delivery to its Wisconsin-based owner as soon as FAA certification is finalized, which was expected at press time.
Art Maurice’s corner of the overall general aviation market is strong, and he has lots of reasons why he thinks that’s so. Maurice is a co-founder and president of Columbia Air Services, a family of companies that offers sales, maintenance, avionics, FBO services and, now, charter. Columbia, based in Groton, Conn., has built much of its reputation and following within the owner-flown turbine community.