Pratt & Whitney Canada and Cessna announced at the Paris Air Show PowerAdvantage Plus (PA+), an expanded pay-by-the-hour maintenance program for P&WC-powered Citations. This jointly developed program will provide Citation operators “with the opportunity to enter into a pay-by-the-hour program that covers parts, rental engines and engine shop labor, in addition to certain consumables,” the two companies said.
Aviation International News » July 2005
FlightSafety International is introducing a hypoxia awareness course at its learning centers.
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) last month introduced H.R. 2787, legislation that would restore to the FAA the mission of promoting aviation in addition to safety. In 1996 Congress stripped the FAA of that responsibility due to concerns that the agency was becoming too cozy with the industry it regulates.
The five-member board of directors of Air Security International (ASI) has fired Issy Boim after 15 years as president of the Dallas-based firm he founded. ASI provides corporate aviation security products and services. Boim told AIN that he was fired for “political reasons,” but he would not elaborate. An ASI official declined to explain what precipitated the termination.
With Transportation Department Inspector General Kenneth Mead predicting the busiest summer travel season in six years, the Senate aviation subcommittee has been warned that capacity constraints are likely to cause congestion and get progressively worse before they get better.
GE Honda Aero Engines recently completed component and engine core tests to validate several performance enhancements for its in-development 1,700-pound-thrust HF118 turbofan. These refinements have already resulted in a 4-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption and an 8-percent weight reduction.
Reports of cracks found on the rudder-pedal arm assemblies of two Raytheon Beech Premier I light jets have prompted a proposed AD that mandates replacing affected parts. The directive would apply to nearly 100 U.S.-registered Premier Is. Comments on the proposed AD are due by August 19. For more information, contact the FAA’s David Ostrodka at (316) 676-3140.
The NTSB said it confirmed throttle and flight control continuity, as well as fuel type and quantity, in the 1977 Bell 206L that crashed into the East River as it was taking off from Wall Street Heliport, N.Y., on June 14. The pilot and his six passengers were injured when the sightseeing helicopter, operated by New York-based Helicopter Flight Services, fell into the river and rolled inverted.
Lingering technical issues are forcing Garmin to delay plans for upgraded WAAS capability in its GNS 430/530 and GPS 400/500 panel-mount avionics, according to a spokesman. Explaining that the upgrades will require “a major software rewrite” in addition to minor hardware changes, the spokesman indicated that the capability is now not expected to be available before next year’s third quarter.
On June 25, the tallest general aviation control tower in the U.S. was dedicated at Front Range Airport, Colo. The structure, operated under the FAA’s contract tower program, stands more than 5,596 feet msl and nearly 200 feet agl. Airport officials believe the tower will be an inducement for business jet operators who do not typically use uncontrolled airports.