An FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin released last month warns of potential hazards and air-worthiness concerns related to having loose equipment in the flight compartment, particularly items placed on the glareshield.
Aviation International News » July 2010
Fractional provider Avantair, which operates only Piaggio Avanti turboprop twins, opened a new operations center at its headquarters at Clearwater/St. Petersburg (Fla.) Airport early last month. The facility–which features three 200-inch screens to track aircraft 24/7 and monitor weather and breaking news–now serves as mission control for all Avantair flights.
President Obama’s 180-day moratorium on new permits for Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling is beginning to pinch helicopter operators in the region.
A video circulating on the Internet shows what happened, on April 27, when the nose tire of a 1976 Falcon 10 was overfilled. The NTSB and FAA have recently expressed a keen interest in the maintaining of correct tire pressure levels on jets, stemming from a September 2008 Learjet 60 accident in Columbia, S.C.
The business aviation forum held on June 10 at Teterboro Airport was NBAA’s largest and most successful regional exhibition to date, according to the organizers. Some 1,900 people registered to attend the event, which showcased 90 exhibitors and more than 30 aircraft on the static display, including Embraer’s new Phenom 300 and a Beechjet fitted out with the interior for the Nextant 400Next.
Eurocontrol’s ETS Support Facility has still not been definitively confirmed as an option for operators to meet their obligations to monitor, report and verify carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is conducting a Web-based survey on flight-time limitations, the data from which will be used to help develop a tailored business aviation regulation for EU pilots. Business aviation operations have been covered by the same regulation applied to the airlines, but in June 2012 a new aviation safety regulation will take effect in Europe, meaning input from the bizav community is essential.
Delta Air Lines and subsidiary Delta AirElite introduced a service to allow customers to book scheduled airline and on-demand charter flights in a single transaction using a prepaid AirElite account. AirElite cardholders can use their accounts to book travel on Delta or Delta AirElite by calling a dedicated client services team. With this rollout, Delta said it is the only U.S.
A new Airworthiness Directive targeting Learjet 60 tires requires revising the tire-servicing section of the airplane maintenance manual and the tires limitation section of the airplane flight manual. It calls for servicing tires and checking for proper tire inflation and is based on a report of main landing-gear tires blowing out during takeoff roll.
According to Airbus Corporate Jets, as business jet use becomes more widespread in mainland China the aircraft will make an important contribution to further expanding the exporting country’s economy. “When a company uses a corporate jet, the productivity of its executives is multiplied, allowing them to manage the business more effectively,” Airbus COO for customers John Leahy said.