After 12 months of consultation with all segments of its domestic and overseas customer base, Nav Canada–Canada’s privatized air navigation service provider (ANSP)–has proposed a new fee structure that would mean slight reductions in terminal charges for large aircraft and slight increases for smaller aircraft. En route fees would be unchanged.
Aviation International News » January 2006
On December 10, after a three- week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, a jury awarded pilot Doyle Baker nearly $64 million, in a lawsuit against aircraft management firm PrivatAir and three of its employees. Baker filed suit in July 2004, alleging that Privat-Air had fired him at age 62 due, in part, to age discrimination.
Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., recently completed the acquisition of Keystone Ranger Holdings, which includes Keystone Helicopters in West Chester, Pa., and Composite Technology USA in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Senate at press time was considering a bill that imposes a $250,000 fine and a possible prison term of up to five years for people who point lasers at aircraft. The legislation is an outgrowth of a number of recent incidents. Laser beams can temporarily blind pilots and, in some reported cases, cause permanent eye damage. The bill passed in the House last month.
China’s Aviation Authority has taken delivery of two new Cessna Citation XLSs. One is to be used for transporting government officials and the other for flight inspection work at the country’s airports. The flight inspection aircraft was fitted with an avionics package of hardware assembled by RVA Aerospace and installed by Kitchener Aero, both based in Ontario.
Gulfstream’s initial investigation into the November 21 incident involving a jammed gear on Nike’s GV revealed corrosion on the main landing gear (MLG) uplock linkage. According to a December 5 Gulfstream Service Letter, “It is suspected this corrosion caused the linkage bungee to freeze in the extended position, contributing to the MLG door being out of sequence during the extension and retraction cycles.
Starting February 1, owners and operators of aircraft with “questionable registrations and/or no TSA-required security measures/waivers” might be denied access to the National Airspace System.
Shadin Avionics of St. Louis Park, Minn., has introduced an LRU that converts existing analog engine information for turboprop and turboshaft aircraft into a digital Arinc 429 format that can be displayed on EFIS avionics in lieu of mechanical instruments.
Repair stations would be required to establish a quality-rating program under a notice of proposed rulemaking the FAA expects to publish next month. The new rules would revise the current ratings system and require shops to “establish a quality program.” Repair stations would be required to maintain a capability list, designate a chief inspector and have permanent housing for facilities, equipment, materials and personnel.
Pakistan is the latest new market for Bombardier’s Skyjet International fixed-rate executive charter program with the appointment of Karachi-based Princely Jets as its latest operating partner. Princely Jets was set to take delivery of a new Learjet 45 by the end of last month and later intends to add either a Challenger 604 or Challenger 300 to its fleet.