Aviation International News » January 2007

December 21, 2006 - 9:28am

Embraer has chosen Stevens Aviation to provide factory-approved maintenance and product support for its new Phenom 100 very light and Phenom 300 light jets. Stevens also provides factory-authorized service for Bombardier, Grob, Piaggio, Raytheon and Sino Swearingen aircraft and is authorized as an FAR 145 repair station to provide service for Citations and other civil aircraft.

December 21, 2006 - 9:21am

Safety Management Systems (SMSs), popular in other industries for years, are coming to aviation because regulatory authorities, safety experts and industry leaders have proclaimed that SMS represents the future of safety management in our industry. Other countries have been working with safety management systems for years, and the SMS is now gaining traction in the U.S.

December 21, 2006 - 9:06am

In lieu of a passport, U.S. citizens have been permitted to present a variety of documents to establish their identity and citizenship and right to enter the U.S. But soon a driver’s license or birth certificate will not be sufficient identification for certain travel. Beginning January 23, all U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda and Mexico entering or reentering the U.S.

December 21, 2006 - 9:04am

Jet Aviation has dropped plans to build an FBO at Kuwait International Airport.

December 21, 2006 - 9:03am

A lawsuit in which former Sino Swearingen president Carl Chen is suing the company for breach of contract and other alleged wrongdoings has been rescheduled to start on June 18, following motions by the aircraft company for continuance from the original January 7 trial date. Chen was fired early last year after serving as president since 2002.

December 21, 2006 - 8:49am

NASA disclosed last month that flight crew, ground crew, air traffic controllers and others involved in aviation operations can now securely submit electronic reports to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). Previously, NASA required users to mail reports to the ASRS offices in California. For more information, visit http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/forms_nf.htm.

December 21, 2006 - 8:47am

New funding from the Florida DOT for three projects at Page Field in Fort Myers includes $500,000 for landside improvements associated with a future terminal building; $761,000 for a new parallel taxiway; and $800,000 for reimbursement of construction costs related to a recently completed hangar project.

December 21, 2006 - 8:46am

General Electric, Rolls-Royce and Transport Canada generally support, with some suggested clarifications, the FAA’s recent proposal to amend the type certification safety analysis rules for turbine aircraft engines. No other comments were submitted. The proposed rule would establish a nearly uniform safety analysis standard for turbine aircraft engines certified under Part 33 and in European countries under joint aviation regulations.

December 21, 2006 - 8:45am

On December 1 a Learjet 36 with two pilots and one passenger aboard lost its right elevator while maneuvering off the coast of San Diego. According to the NTSB the jet “joined up with another airplane and was doing a cross-under maneuver. The pilot lost sight of the other airplane due to sun glare and turned away. When the pilot reacquired his visual acuity, the airplane was in a 70-degree angle of bank and 50 degrees nose low.

December 21, 2006 - 6:57am

Switzerland officially joined the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on December 1. It joins Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein as non-European Union (EU) countries that are EASA member states, as are the 25 nations of the EU.