Early last month the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 1108 filed an application letter to the National Mediation Board (NMB) for representation of the 830 Flight Options pilots.
Aviation International News » February 2006
Three people were killed and five others injured January 21 in the crash of a Sonicblue Airways Cessna Caravan as it approached Vancouver Island, B.C. During the approach, the pilot transmitted a mayday and asked to land at Port Albeni. However, the turboprop single crashed about six miles from the airport. Transport Canada suspended the operator’s certificate two days after the accident
BLR Aerospace late last year received an STC for its winglet kit for King Air 200s. Winglets “reduce drag, save fuel, increase cruise speed and boost rate of climb while improving the handling qualities” of the turboprop twin, according to the Everett, Wash. modification firm. Kits cost $50,000 (painting not included) and can be installed at several BLR-approved service facilities. Estimated installation time is about 60 man-hours.
Palo Alto, Calif. consulting group Frost & Sullivan predicts that China is Asia’s greatest potential source of new fractional owners and that the Chinese government is prepared to clear regulatory and operational hurdles to business aviation growth. Nonetheless, according to Frost & Sullivan, it will be several more years before fractional ownership providers establish permanent operations in China.
An InfraTek infrared de-icing system is under trial and now open at Norway’s Oslo Gardermoen Airport. Operated by SAS Ground Services, the facility consists of a tent-like structure under which aircraft taxi for a dose of radiant heat waves that melt snow and ice from all of the airplane’s surfaces. InfraTek developer Radiant Energy says that if the system meets Oslo’s economic and environmental requirements it will be put into permanent use.
Charter broker Air Partner has entered the flight-planning market with the creation of a new division called Flight-Operations.com. The venture is based at Air Partner’s headquarters near London Gatwick Airport. Flight-Operations.com is led by Tim Lester, the former deputy managing director of rival flight-planning company Baseops. The company is operational 24/7 and can help with complex overflight and landing permit procedures.
Galaxy Aviation recently added to its chain of Florida FBOs with the purchase of the former Aero Sport facility at St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport. The company has applied to airport authorities to construct additional hangars and enhancements to the executive terminal at St. Augustine. Galaxy also has FBOs in West Palm Beach, Orlando, Stuart and Boca Raton.
New amendments to Part 36 require a minimum 3 dB–noise reduction for small single-engine propeller aircraft– including turboprops–weighing more than 3,307 pounds, for which an original type certificate is applied after February 3. As proposed, the new standard would have also applied to new STCs.
Just two months after being unveiled at the NBAA Convention in November, the Spectrum 33 twinjet made a 10-minute first flight on January 7.
A two-year-old, previously undisclosed partnership between Epic Aircraft parent Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) and Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd. (FACL) has ended in legal action and bitter recriminations. The companies had been cooperating in the joint development of their respective Epic LT and Farnborough F1 turboprop-single designs.