Albert Ueltschi on June 6 became the 50th recipient of the Godfrey Cabot Award from the Aero Club of New England.
Aviation International News » July 2003
An Internet aircraft-registration system is now online for operators based in Minnesota. According to the state’s transportation department, registering online reduces turnaround time from two weeks (by mail) to approximately two days. Once operators have registered, they can download a temporary receipt to show they have paid until the official aircraft decal arrives in the mail.
The 2nd District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles has overturned a lawsuit stemming from a crash in 1998 of a 1976 Bell 205 claiming Bell Helicopter used fraudulent tail-rotor yoke accident data in its defense. Use of fraudulent evidence eliminates the liability limitation of the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) of 1994, which normally bars liability lawsuits against manufacturers of aircraft more than 18 years old.
The FAA is again asking for public comments on its review of FAR Parts 135 and 125, which started last month in Washington, D.C. An aviation rulemaking committee made up of industry representatives met over three days to address about 130 issues.
Indigo, the provider of “regular and frequent” business jet service between Chicago Midway Airport and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, suspended flights early last month, three months after a relaunch of operations on March 3.
“We fell short on the equity side,” said Indigo chairman and CEO Peter Pappas, by way of a terse explanation. “For the time being, we’re going to focus on our charter and corporate business.”
American Airlines Capt. Russell Chew, managing director of systems operations control for the carrier, has been chosen to be the chief operating officer (COO) of the long-gestating Air Traffic Organization (ATO) within the FAA.
Sino Swearingen plans to resume flight testing the SJ30-2 early this month with the second conforming prototype (S/N 3), followed within the next 90 days by S/N 4. Flight testing came to an abrupt and tragic halt on April 26 when the only conforming prototype (S/N 2) crashed during flutter tests, killing pilot Carroll Beeler.
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) agreed to add an NBAA-backed amendment to the Aviation Security Improvements Act that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue regulations within 30 days of passage to allow eligible Part 91 aircraft to resume use of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
A Brit Air CRJ100 carrying 21 passengers and three crewmembers crashed onto a small road and caught fire some 2,500 feet short of the runway at Brest-Guipavas Regional Airport in Brittany on the night of June 22, leaving the 53-year-old pilot dead and three others injured. Flight AF 5672 was a scheduled run from Nantes to Brest.
Rolls-Royce, which has laid off nearly 4,000 aircraft engine workers in the UK over the last two years, revealed that another 540 positions are being cut through resignations and layoffs at the company’s Indianapolis facility. A company spokesman said commercial engine orders have dropped 40 percent in the past two years. The Indianapolis facility makes engines for helicopters, corporate aircraft and regional jets.