Platinum Jet Management last month was slapped with a cease-and-desist order for the second time since the Challenger overrun accident at Teterboro Airport on February 2 last year. The DOT order claims Platinum Jet operated the Challenger and other charter flights without economic or regulatory authority and violated U.S. cabotage rules. Platinum Jet and its three owners were penalized $175,000.
Aviation International News » July 2006
Later this month the Canadian Transportation Agency is expected to rule on an appeal by the Canadian Pilots Association and the Helicopter Association of Canada against new user fees. A $10 daily charge for aircraft weighing 6,600 pounds or less using any of seven major international airports is scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2008. Nav Canada, the country’s ATC services provider, opposes the appeal.
The FAA has teamed with the Build A Plane organization to provide retired aircraft to high schools looking to establish an aviation maintenance program. Under the agreement, the two organizations will develop a computer-based aircraft construction and flight-testing program for students. Established in 2003, Build A Plane offers high school students the opportunity to work on real airplanes that have reached the end of their flying days.
Maverick Helicopter Tours, which specializes in aerial tours of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, has bought 14 more Eurocopter EC 130 turbine helicopters. The new aircraft will bring Maverick’s EC 130 fleet to 35. Maverick cited as one of the helicopter’s attractive features the safety and relative quietness of the fenestron tail rotor.
The NTSB’s preliminary report of the June 3 accident involving a Dornier 328Jet, N328PD, that overran the runway and ended up on a street after an aborted takeoff from Manassas Regional Airport, Va., said the flight crew reported an “airspeed miscompare.” Neither the two pilots nor six passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was “substantially damaged.”
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has developed a safety-management system for air charter firms. Components of the system include pilot online training, safety audits, collection and analysis of incident and accident data, live Webcasts, regulatory compliance guidance, risk management and more than 30 other safety-related elements.
Landmark Aviation CEO Roger Wolfe celebrated the grand opening of the FBO and maintenance chain’s refurbished Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) facility on June 8 with David Orcutt, Bombardier Business Aircraft vice president for customer support and David Lamb, vice president and general manager of the LAX base.
Stevens Aviation recently completed its 26th Blackhawk King Air XP engine conversion. The Blackhawk XP program replaces the engines of 90-series King Airs with new 750-shp PT6A-135A engines flat-rated to 550 shp. According to Stevens, Blackhawk XP aircraft can maintain full takeoff power to about 18,000 feet, climb from sea level to 25,000 feet in 13 minutes, cruise at speeds up to 280 knots and also enjoy increased range.
The FAA recently issued Advisory Circular 120-91 “Airport Obstacle Analysis” for Part 121 and Part 135 commuter operators, to help them analyze takeoff procedures and allowable weights to guarantee adequate vertical and lateral obstacle clearance during one-engine-inoperative departures. The AC was issued in part, the FAA said, because aircraft flight manuals don’t address lateral clearance requirements.
Sikorsky and China Aviation Industry Corp. II (AVIC II) have agreed to work together to jointly develop andbuild civil helicopters. The companies will also explore establishing AVIC II subsidiary Changhe Aircraft Industry as a second production source of S-76 fuselages (in addition to Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic). Sikorsky is already in partnership with an AVIC II subsidiary that manufactures the S-92A tail pylon.