Authorized service centers for Michelin Aircraft Tire are running an incentive program called “Upgrade to Michelin,” which offers an instant 20-percent rebate to customers who convert all the main landing-gear tires on their aircraft from a competitive brand to Michelins. Add in nose landing-gear tires, and the discount rises to 25 percent off the whole purchase of Michelin tires.
Aviation International News » June 2007
The FAA has awarded Sabreliner’s Perryville operation its Gold Certificate
of Excellence. The award is given to companies that send at least 50 percent
of eligible technicians to specified training on FAA regulations and policies as well as aviation maintenance during the previous calendar year.
Raisbeck Engineering has entered an agreement with Atlantic Aero authorizing the Greensboro, N.C. company to promote, purchase and install Raisbeck’s STC kits.
The FAA has awarded Executive Jet Management (EJM) its Diamond Award for excellence in maintenance, safety and human factors training for the 13th straight year. The company received the award for having 25 percent or more of its maintenance technicians qualify for an individual training award in any given year.
The more than 400 maintenance professionals working for Flight Options will be covered by the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), according to a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU). In March 2006, Flight Options became the first fractional provider to establish ASAP for its pilots. ASAP is a voluntary reporting program that provides a mechanism for company personnel to identify potential safety hazards.
The annual Sun ’n’ Fun event in Lakeland, Fla., is similar to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh, with its emphasis on sport aviation and light aircraft, but (as at Oshkosh) a growing number of turboprop and jet manufacturers are exhibiting at the smaller show at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Bell is planning to add the second 429 prototype to its flight-test effort next month. The first example of the new light-twin helicopter has already convinced design engineers that they can stay with a four-blade tail rotor.
An accident caused by the loss of a tail-rotor blade prompted the FAA to issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the MD 369 series. The agency said it reviewed MD Helicopter service bulletins affecting tail rotor blades in operation with a machining defect, and the AD is requiring inspections before further flight. Bores of the tail-rotor blade root fittings should be checked.
The FAA is proposing to amend one engine inoperative (OEI) rating definitions. These relatively small changes would affect type certification standards for 30-second OEI, two-minute OEI and 30-minute OEI ratings. For example, the changes would address engine shutdown as well as engine failure. The proposed rule would yield harmonization with the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) certification specifications for engines.
Workers at the IAR Ghimbav helicopter manufacturing plant in Brasov, Romania, have suspended their strike after three days. On May 9, local trade union BNS announced that management and employees had reached an agreement on all six of the workers’ requests, which included salary increases and compensatory wages in the event of massive job cuts after privatization. About 700 of the 900 workers walked out during the strike, according to BNS.