The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is asking Congress to appropriate $10.9 million for the FAA to “field weather, communications and surveillance equipment” to support low-level helicopter operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Congress passed legislation last year reauthorizing the FAA to fund such equipment, but the funds have yet to be appropriated.
Aviation International News » June 2004
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently opened an office at Rogers Municipal Airport-Carter Field in Northwest Arkansas. The full-service CBP office is housed at Beaver Lake Aviation on the airport, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores. Since offering this service, the airport has experienced a dramatic increase in international operations, according to NBAA. The airport is also planning to open a contract control tower in August.
The FAA is reviewing proposed noise-compatibility programs submitted for Bradley International Airport, Hartford, Conn., and Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, Calif. The agency expects to approve or reject the proposals on or before November 3. Both programs are being submitted under FAR Part 150, and comments on the proposals can be submitted to the FAA. For more information, contact the respective local FAA airports district office.
An NTSB investigation is under way into the fatal crash of Mitsubishi MU-2B N755AF while on the approach to Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI) during a flight from Philadelphia on May 14. The sole-occupant pilot was killed when the twin turboprop, owned and operated by Epps Air Service, went down in a residential area just short of the runway. Visibility at BWI at the time of the accident, about 7:15 a.m., was reported as six miles in haze.
NBAA has turned to an outside vendor to assist in conducting the association’s security seminars. Houston-based Air Security International will join NBAA staffers in the seminars designed to give Part 91 operators the materials necessary for their companies to meet the standards required to obtain a TSA access certificate. TSAAC-holding operators eventually might gain access to TFRs equivalent to the scheduled airlines.
Egypt recently became the second North African nation to agree to give Eurocontrol responsibility for the billing and collection of its air navigation fees. Eurocontrol, based in Brussels, Belgium, collects and redistributes about E5 billion annually in route charges for its 32 member nations in Europe. Morocco signed on in January 2001.
AvAero, a maker of Learjet hush kits, has received an STC for a fuel-saving aerodynamic modification of the Boeing 737-200/300. The company claims the mod will decrease the twinjet’s fuel burn by an average of 4 percent, equating to about a 230-pph fuel-burn reduction. By repositioning the trailing-edge flaps, AvAero said it increases aft wing camber, which lets the airfoil generate the same lift at a lower angle of attack.
“There is no option. There will be no delays–it’s definite. We will fly the prototype of the Safire Jet before the end of September.” This is the promise made by Miguel Correa, chairman of Miami-based Safire Aircraft. With full assembly of the prototype of the very light twinjet scheduled to have started last month, Correa told AIN that the company has now shifted its attention to manufacturing.
Bell Helicopter last month officially opened its worldwide sales, support and training headquarters at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. The facility, originally built in 1999 for Galaxy Aerospace, will also serve as the delivery center and training school for the Bell/Agusta BA609 tiltrotor.
A four-year, NASA-led project began last month to determine the requirements and procedures for safely integrating the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the National Airspace System. First-year funding of about $8.4 million will be used primarily for detailed planning and validation of requirements for UAVs to fly above FL400, where many business jets operate.