Aviation International News » January 2010
New rules governing flight- and duty-time limitations and rest requirements for Part 121 pilots are still a work in progress, according to FAA associate administrator for aviation safety Margaret Gilligan, who testified at a hearing before the Senate aviation subcommittee early last month.
The proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), the target of controversy and ridicule since it was announced more than a year ago, will undergo more massaging before it is released as a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) “before the end of 2010.”
Conversion of a letter of intent into a firm order for 22 CRJ700s by American Airlines this month failed to save the jobs of more than 600 employees at Bombardier Aerospace last month, as the company moved ahead with plans to cut CRJ production rates for its 2010 fiscal year.
An eight-member jury in Lexington, Ky., has awarded $7.1 million to the family of one of the victims of the 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191. The widow and two daughters of Bryan Keith Woodward, one of 47 passengers who died in the Aug. 27, 2006 crash at Lexington Blue Grass Airport, stood as the only plaintiffs to take their case to trial after all the other families settled out of court.
Austrian low-fare airline Niki in late November converted purchase rights into firm orders for another two Embraer E190s, deliveries of which the companies have scheduled for the first half of next year. A firm order for five airplanes announced during the Farnborough Airshow in July 2008 included purchase rights on another five jets–either E190s or E195s.
Embraer last month received type certification for its Phenom 300 from both Brazil’s civil aviation authority, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), and the FAA. It also received production certification for the type from ANAC. The type approval is for VFR and IFR operations, as well as flight into known icing conditions, according to the São José dos Campos, Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish requirements for FAA-certified repair stations to adopt and implement a standard security program and to comply with TSA security directives.
The proposed rule would promulgate security requirements for maintenance and repair work conducted on aircraft and aircraft components at domestic and foreign repair stations.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) missed its December target for delivery of the first Superjet 100 regional jets to launch operator Aeroflot after delays involving the certification and delivery of the program’s PowerJet SaM146 engines forced the Russian manufacturer to revise its schedules once again.
The wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 resumed flight testing on December 4, following the November 25 maiden flight of the first test aircraft (T1). That flight was cut short at 12 minutes due to “slight vibrations” in one of the gear doors. Although the initial flight from Savannah (Ga.) International Airport was expected to last about an hour, Gulfstream called the abbreviated test run a complete success.
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