While Orenda Recip is having success obtaining STCs for its 600-hp V8 turbocharged engine in agricultural and utility aircraft, the same cannot be said for its troubled King Air retrofit program. That program’s STC is now not expected for another 12 months, a delay of one year from the previously rescheduled target date.
Aviation International News » January 2003
King Mswati III of the African country of Swaziland reportedly will proceed with buying a $45 million business jet despite objections by his own government, and a threat by the U.S. that he would not be able to land the aircraft on U.S. soil.
Future transport aircraft will have to meet a revised reference stall speed. Effective with type certificate applications filed after December 26, the reference stall speed is redefined as a speed not less than the 1g stall speed instead of the minimum speed obtained in a stalling maneuver.
As of November 25, Indonesia implemented reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) between FL 350 and FL 390. After an initial three-month evaluation trial and favorable safety assessment, flight levels possibly will be expanded to include FL 310 to FL 390.
Boeing 737s, including the derivative BBJ, have been hit by another emergency AD affecting the twinjet’s fuel pumps. The latest directive (AD 2002-24-51) results from overheating pumps and requires affected aircraft to continue to carry the same minimum fuel quantities as required by the September 30 emergency AD dealing with chafed pump wiring.
U.S. Customs has decided not to continue the General Aviation Telephonic Entry (GATE) program, which was designed to facilitate customs processing of certain prequalified travelers on preregistered general aviation aircraft arriving in the U.S. from Canada. The program was under test operation until it was shut down after 9/11.
The NTSB is eyeing fatigue as a contributing factor in the October 25 accident that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), members of his family and staff and both pilots. The King Air A100 crashed two miles from the airport during an approach to the Eveleth-Virginia (Minn.) Airport (EVM). Wellstone had chartered the aircraft from St. Paul-based Aviation Charter.
Suggesting that many of the new aviation rules issued in the name of security may be unconstitutional, National Air Transportation Association president Jim Coyne recently called on the industry to play “hardball” over some of the more onerous restrictions, including the lack of access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
The Gulfstream 550 (formerly the GV-SP) received its provisional FAA type certificate last month, subjecting the jet to several limitations that will be removed in the coming months.
The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning last month for Venezuela because of the “deteriorating political and security situation, accompanied by severe shortages in fuel and food.” Opponents of President Chavez began a general strike that has resulted in deaths and injuries, according to the State Department.