Owners of some 360 U.S.-registered Mitsubishi MU-2Bs won’t be required to install newly designed flap torque-tube joints, as proposed last September. Operators have been required to perform repetitive inspections of the joints under an AD issued in 1988, and the FAA found that there have been no service difficulty reports indicating cracks in joints for current design parts since that directive.
Aviation International News » February 2003
The so-called “Hoover Law” continues to be ineffective, according to an article in the Winter 2002-2003 Lawyer Pilots Bar Association Newsletter. Legislation enacted in April 2000 gave pilots and operators the option of requesting a hearing before the NTSB within 48 hours of an emergency revocation of their certificates. Such a review was not permitted previously.
A new Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requirement for the electronic transmission of passenger and crew manifests for both inbound and outbound flights on commercial aircraft was to have gone into effect on January 1. But the INS has delayed imposing fines for not complying with the advance passenger information system (APIS) to give the agency and U.S.
A noise-compatibility program has been proposed for Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Westmoreland County, Pa. The FAA is scheduled to approve or disapprove the plan on or before June 22. The plan is being developed under Part 150 and comments may be submitted until February 24. For more information, contact James Byers at the FAA in Camp Hill, Pa. Call (717) 730-2833.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is “seriously” revisiting the idea of offering a corporate version of its 70-passenger regional twinjet, the 170. Embraer described an aircraft with a max range of about 5,000 nm, filling a niche between the Global Express and Gulfstream lines and the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and Boeing Business Jet. A spokesman at the company’s U.S.
Implementation of amendments adopted in September 2000 revising the service difficulty reporting (SDR) rules have again been delayed. After several previous implementation delays, the new rules had been rescheduled to go into effect on January 16. But the FAA is delaying the effective date of the rules one year to Jan. 16, 2004.
According to London-based insurance adjuster Airclaims, from an insurer’s point of view 2002 was a fairly “benign” year, with hull and liability losses of about $1.1 billion. It is a welcome respite from 2001 and 9/11, which drove losses to levels now estimated in excess of $6 billion.
Barely into the new year, aircraft owners and operators are opening letters from their insurance companies offering additional coverage for acts of terrorism.
German airframer Extra Flugzeugbau of Hunxe entered insolvency last month, similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.
Honeywell and ACSS have agreed to let a private arbitrator resolve their ongoing legal dispute over EGPWS patents. As a result, Honeywell has dismissed its lawsuit against ACSS (filed last August in U.S. District Court in Delaware) which had accused the smaller company of infringing patents first applied in the enhanced version of Honeywell’s GPWS.