Aviation International News » January 2006

September 28, 2006 - 4:28am

Cessna Caravan 208B, Unalakleet, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2005–Caravan N1263Y was substantially damaged when it hit the ground during low-level cruise flight, about 17 miles south of Unalakleet, the flight’s destination. The commercial pilot reported that he was “flight seeing” and was distracted by a noise in the cabin. When he looked back outside, the airplane hit brush and tundra.

September 28, 2006 - 4:27am

Learjet 25D, Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 26, 2005–On base leg for landing at Sacramento’s McClellan AFB, the pilot of Learjet N888DV was distracted by a helicopter transmitting over the common traffic advisory frequency. The copilot called for the landing gear to be extended, and the pilot said he thought he had lowered the gear while searching for the helicopter. He said he did not remember seeing the landing gear lights turn green.

September 28, 2006 - 4:25am

•Congress took a legislative break from November 18 to December 12 but, before leaving, both houses passed H.R.3058, the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury and Housing appropriations bill that provides funding for those agencies through September. The bill authorizes $13.8 billion for the FAA, $276 million more than the agency’s budget for FY2005, and $1.1 billion more than President Bush requested.

September 28, 2006 - 4:22am

The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and the Aviation Safety Alliance (ASA) have merged, effective December 31, to become “the world’s leading resource on flight safety.” The new organization will operate under the FSF name and will focus on providing expert knowledge to industry and media on global aviation safety issues and best practices.

September 28, 2006 - 4:19am

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) Institute has named Stephen Fisher its executive director. A former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, he will oversee daily operations at the institute.

The NGATS Institute is an industry partnership supporting the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) in developing and implementing NGATS, a technologically advanced ATC system for the future.

September 28, 2006 - 4:18am

Before leaving for the Thanksgiving break, the Senate passed a bill with tax credits to encourage innovation in aerospace and defense research and development. Earlier, the House Ways and Means Committee approved a similar tax measure; at press time it was awaiting a floor vote.

September 27, 2006 - 11:12am

Before leaving for the Thanksgiving break, the Senate passed a bill with tax credits to encourage innovation in aerospace and defense research and development. Earlier, the House Ways and Means Committee approved a similar tax measure; at press time it was awaiting a floor vote.

September 27, 2006 - 10:59am

The FAA has finished deploying at all 20 en route centers a new communications gateway that processes radar and flight data and eliminates problems that bedeviled the previous system. Called en route communications gateway (ECG), it eliminates the possibility of a system-wide outage by removing the single point of failure that existed in what the FAA called the peripheral adapter module replacement item (PAMRI).

September 27, 2006 - 10:54am

DeCrane Aircraft Seating has announced a patent on core technology around which a new line of lightweight 9-g and 16-g executive single and double passenger seats is being built for super-midsize and large business jets. The patent covers design of a new positive locking brake mechanism to control seat rotation that allows infinite swivel adjustment. At the same time, it prevents uncommanded rotation.

September 27, 2006 - 10:52am

In an age of global travel, pure water that is free of microorganisms is a major concern. With that in mind, Indianapolis Jet Center of Whitestown, Ind., has become the exclusive provider of the IJC-2 ultraviolet water disinfection system from the American Ultraviolet Company.

 
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