AvAero of Safety Harbor, Fla., announced that Falconbridge Mining is the first customer for the FuelMizer aerodynamic modification of the Boeing 737-200/300. AvAero, which received FAA approval in April last year, EASA certification in August last year and Transport Canada approval last month, claims the FuelMizer will decrease the twinjet’s fuel burn by an average of 4 percent.
Aviation International News » February 2005
Former Boeing 737 flight department manager and pilot Larry Bond founded Bond Aviation Services in Orlando, Fla., to offer 737 training. The company recently received FAA approval of its FAR 142 training program for the Boeing 737-200 through -900. Simulator training is available in Miami, Dallas and Minneapolis. Bond is planning to introduce Airbus A320 training next month.
Frasca International, the Urbana, Ill. company well known for its flight-training devices, is branching out into full-flight simulation. The Japanese Civil Aviation Promotion Foundation recently took delivery of a King Air B200 simulator, the first FAA level-C training system built by Frasca. The company also recently delivered a level-C Caravan simulator to the University of Alaska.
Three of the four people aboard an air ambulance King Air E90 were killed late January 11 when the turboprop twin crashed on approach to Rawlins Municipal Airport, Wyo., to pick up a patient. Night IMC prevailed. The two pilots and a medic were killed, while another medic was seriously injured.
Keeping its promise, Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aviation flew the first Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F-powered Eclipse 500 certification flight-test aircraft at 10:16 a.m. MST on December 31. The milestone marked the beginning of a 15-month testing program that will involve seven test airframes and culminate with planned FAA certification in March next year.
While the Raytheon Hawker Horizon was one of the first to blaze the super-midsize business jet trail when it was launched at the 1996 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., it became the last of the new breed to be certified. The airplane gained provisional FAA approval just two days before Christmas, almost four years after the originally expected spring 2001 approval.
Tokyo’s Nagoya Airport remained on schedule to become Japan’s first hub facility dedicated to business and commuter aircraft. The airport is expected to serve its last major airline flight at approximately 10 p.m. on February 16. All airliners will be ferried that night to the new Central Japan International Airport. The Aichi local government will take over operation of Nagoya at midnight.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and former airline pilot Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) have re-introduced legislation to increase the mandatory retirement age of Part 121 airline pilots from 60 to 65. The two men believe the current regulation is outdated and changing it would save jobs and retain experienced pilots.
The NTSB is looking into the January 6 incident in which Gulfstream GIII N111FA landed on Taxiway B at Centennial Airport, Englewood, Colo. VMC prevailed at the time of the incident, 10:33 MST. The two pilots and three passengers were not injured. According to the Safety Board, the captain said during the visual approach that he was cleared to land on Runway 17L. About 30 seconds before landing, he was advised to go around or sidestep to 17R.
According to the NTSB, the Flight Options Beechjet 400A (N455CW) that experienced a dual flameout over the Gulf of Mexico on July 12 last year had a lower-than-normal amount of anti-icing additives in its tanks. Both Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans failed as the twinjet was descending through 39,000 feet about 100 miles off Florida’s west coast.