Responding to an FAA investigation into whether or not funds intended for O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago were used illegally to destroy Meigs Field in March 2003, the city claims it was justified in using $2.8 million in Airport Improvement Program funding. The FAA must decide whether use of the funds was appropriate or levy fines of up to $8.4 million.
Aviation International News » January 2005
Effective January 5, when filing an FAA flight plan (with the exception of filing through DUATS and flight service stations), RVSM-compliant operators are expected to file “/Q” (RVSM with a FMS or GPS) or “/W” (RVSM without FMS and GPS), as appropriate, for flight in RVSM airspace (between FL290 and FL410 inclusive).
The NTSB is recommending that pilots of Cessna 208 Caravans approved for flight into known icing conditions be required to undergo annual training for ground de-icing and flight in icing conditions. The Safety Board also wants Cessna to develop appropriate guidance materials to minimize the chance of Caravan icing accidents. The recommendations stem from the NTSB’s study of 26 icing-related Cessna 208 accidents in the U.S.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has designated Jet Aviation facilities in Dallas, Boston and Teterboro, N.J., as authorized maintenance centers for the Legacy business jet and corporate shuttle, as well as their regional airline counterparts. Other Jet Aviation facilities holding OEM approval to work on Legacys are located at Palm Beach, Fla.; Dusseldorf, Germany; and London.
The pilot suffered minor injuries and his aircraft was destroyed when he deadsticked a King Air B200 onto a street in Tulsa, Okla., on December 8 about four miles from the threshold of Runway 18L at Tulsa International Airport (TUL). The airplane was about six miles from the TUL runway on a flight that originated from La Crosse, Wis., when first one engine then the other “sputtered” and quit.
Revised Flight Standards Information Bulletin for Air Transportation (FSAT) 04-05 updates de-icing holdover times for this winter’s flying season. The tables correlate the holdover times based on temperature, type of fluid used and type of precipitation. Download the complete bulletin in Word format at www.faa.gov/avr/fsat/fsat0405.doc.
On December 11 the first Eclipse 500 certification flight-test aircraft, N503EA, rolled out from the start-up manufacturer’s Albuquerque, N.M. facility. Though the very light jet emerged from the plant with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines, one was a “flight on ground” engine that was swapped out about a week later with an airworthy powerplant before the first flight, which was “imminent” as of December 22.
On behalf of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), two separate task forces are tackling the vexed issue of regulating fractional ownership operations in Europe. One group is focusing on safety and licensing concerns and the other on security. Neither is expected to complete its recommendations until the middle of the year, according to an ECAC spokeswoman.
According to published reports supported by on-site witnesses, the Venezuelan National Guard is still holding in custody a Portuguese-registered Citation X seized last October. The anti-drug command reported it found about 880 pounds of cocaine on board the business jet, which reportedly had flown from Mexico and stopped in Caracas for fuel before a planned transatlantic flight to South Africa.
Hoping to stave off a shortage in air traffic controllers caused by an expected wave of retirements, the FAA will hire 12,500 controllers over the next 10 years and improve training so that candidates can become fully certified more quickly. More than 11,000 controllers are expected to leave the agency between now and 2014.