Beginning March 30, NBAA will hold seven new sessions of the association’s security training seminar for Part 91 operators at locations across the country.
Aviation International News » March 2004
Switzerland’s Federal Bureau of Air Accident Investigation, known as the BFU, identified pilot error as the cause of a Crossair Avro RJ100 accident on Nov. 24, 2001, near Bassersdorf, Switzerland, during an approach to Zurich Airport. However, investigators also pointed to external deficiencies at other levels.
The advent of very light jets has prompted an FAA proposal to require that all new certification projects for turbofan-powered airplanes of 6,000 pounds or less mtow undergo function and reliability testing similar to that which has been required for larger fanjet-powered airplanes. F&R testing would add complexity, time and cost to new-design projects. The new requirement would not apply to developmental projects already under way.
The comment window has been reopened until March 11 on the FAA’s proposal to revise the technical and operational requirements for simulators and flight-training devices, as well as consolidate them under one new rule. The proposal was published in September 2002 and the original comment period closed February 24 last year.
Aviation Partners is hoping to complete the STC program for a winglets retrofit on Hawker 800s and begin initial deliveries of modified aircraft before the end of this month. The Hawker 800SP project has been in the works for more than two years. Failure to obtain certain OEM data and changes in FAA certification methods lengthened the STC process.
New designs for small business turboprop singles could be included in proposed changes to FAR Part 36 noise-certification rules. The more stringent levels are aimed primarily at reducing noise from newly designed primary training aircraft, but new turboprop singles certified under Part 23 would also be covered. The FAA said the more stringent requirements are intended to keep limits within the capability of current technology.
Raytheon Aircraft is offering T2CAS as an option to ensure that 1900C and 1900D operators meet the avionics mandates coming next year. The T2CAS from ACSS is an integrated system combining TCAS II and class-A TAWS. Initial certification of T2CAS in the 1900C is expected this quarter, followed by 1900D certification.
A new self-contained lavatory water system developed by Fullerton, Calif.-based Adams Rite Aerospace has received FAA, JAA and Transport Canada approval for installation in the Bombardier Challenger 300. A similar system, now in development, is an optional item for the Challenger 300 galley. The new design, according to Adams Rite, eliminates the need for heavier, traditional bleed-air/compressor-powered designs.
A newly designed circuit board is now available for Citation 525 and a few Citation 560 operators that have been required since late last year to disengage their pitch trim and autopilot servo circuit breakers to prevent a possible runaway trim. The FAA has proposed mandatory replacement of the breakers, installation of which is covered under warranty for the Model 525.
The FAA is reviewing an FAR Part 150 noise-compatibility proposal for Little Rock National Airport, Ark., and expects to approve or disapprove the plan no later than July 21. The agency has already approved noise-exposure maps required under Part 150. A public comment period ends March 23. For more information, contact the FAA’s Tim Tandy at (817) 222-5635.