Michael Denham, Bombardier senior v-p of strategy, and 60 other corporate officers are being fired from the Montreal-based transportation company. The move is part of a major organizational change in the wake of CEO Paul Tellier’s dismissal and the creation of the Office of the President, which “regroups strategic and executive management responsibilities around the chairman” and new CEO Laurent Beaudoin.
Aviation International News » February 2005
The 54,000-sq-ft former Learjet maintenance facility at Denver International Airport has been acquired by Denver-based Aviation Development Group, which plans to lease it in whole or in part to corporate aviation interests. The property includes 19,250 sq ft of office space and 34,750 sq ft of hangar area. Bombardier Aerospace vacated the premises a couple of years ago as part of a company-wide consolidation.
Hoping to stave off a shortage of air traffic controllers caused by an expected wave of retirements, the FAA intends to hire 12,500 new controllers during the next 10 years and improve training so that candidates can become fully certified professional controllers more quickly.
When investigators inspected a King Air C90 after it collided with a weather station antenna, they found an obstruction light was embedded in the right wing, two propeller blades on the right engine were bent and the right horizontal stabilizer had a five- to six-inch gash. On December 18, at approximately 7 p.m., N55EP struck the antenna after departing from Runway 35 at Salt Lake City International Airport. Weather was IMC at the time.
While the national intelligence reform law President Bush signed in December carries a provision for photo IDs for “pilots”, confusion reigns over which airman certificates are included. An FAA spokesman told AIN that the law would include any U.S.-issued license, including that for pilots, A&Ps, air traffic controllers and dispatchers. But the law only refers specifically to improved pilot licenses.
Three months after receiving certification for its winglets on the Hawker 800, Aviation Partners has received FAA approval for installing winglets on the Hawker 800XP.
As it searches for 12,500 new air traffic controllers, the FAA extended the eligibility period for college students with training in ATC to become controllers. Previously, graduates of the agency’s Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) could be hired on an expedited basis only within two years of graduation.
Nearly six years after its launch at the 1999 Paris Air Show, Bell/Agusta’s AB139 medium twin-turbine helicopter has gained FAA IFR certification. The helicopter, which achieved Italian IFR certification in 2003, is equipped with a four-screen Honeywell Primus Epic EFIS. Three aircraft have been delivered to date. The order book currently stands at more than 80 aircraft slated for delivery to more than 40 customers, according to Bell/Agusta.
EADS subsidiary Airbus Industrie said that “almost 30 ACJ series aircraft” have been delivered to date and are in service in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East. Airbus declined to give an exact figure. The ACJ, which is based on the Airbus A319, entered service in 1999. In addition to the A319’s airframe, the ACJ includes up to six extra fuel tanks in the cargo hold for increased range.
After 10 frustrating years of technical delays, escalating costs and contractor changes, the FAA’s GPS wide area augmentation system (WAAS) is approaching the level of performance the agency originally envisioned for it back in the late 1980s. With the system’s initial operational capability declared in 2003 and 18 months of satisfactory performance now behind them, WAAS advocates can see light at the end of the tunnel.