Aviation International News » March 2006

September 20, 2006 - 12:25pm

A new rule will end the hundreds of mode-S installation exemptions currently in effect. Beginning next March 1, Part 121 and 135 operators will no longer be exempted to fly without a mode-S transponder. No new exemptions will be granted after that date, though mode-A or -C transponders can continue to be used until they can no longer be repaired, after which they will have to be replaced with a permanent mode-S unit.

September 20, 2006 - 12:24pm

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) still has concerns regarding new requirements for improved flammability characteristics of retrofitted thermal/acoustic insulation. This final rule significantly narrowed the scope of the requirement. However, in comments to the FAA, the association said hundreds of parts catalogs now contain part numbers that no longer comply with this rule.

September 20, 2006 - 12:22pm

Germany’s highest court last month voided a law adopted last year that allowed the military to shoot down hijacked civilian aircraft. The shootdown law was enacted after a man who stole a small airplane threatened to crash it into a building in Frankfurt. According to an AP report, the court said the law is “incompatible with the fundamental right to life” of innocent passengers.

September 20, 2006 - 12:20pm

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) still has concerns regarding new requirements for improved flammability characteristics of retrofitted thermal/acoustic insulation. This final rule significantly narrowed the scope of the requirement. However, in comments to the FAA, the association said hundreds of parts catalogs now contain part numbers that no longer comply with this rule.

September 20, 2006 - 12:10pm

Beginning March 1, aircraft and engine buyers, sellers and lenders in the U.S. will be required to comply with aircraft registration requirements of the “Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol” treaty. Covered under the treaty are airplanes certified with eight or more total seats and helicopters certified with at least five seats and with engines rated at 550 hp or more.

September 20, 2006 - 12:02pm

The FAA is reviewing Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)-recommended revisions to the FAR Part 125/135 rulebook. The industry representatives turned over the recommendations–including possible changes to flight- and duty-time regulations–late last year.

September 20, 2006 - 11:59am

Sikorsky has delivered its 600th S-76. More than 220 operators in 59 countries currently fly the type and, since the first aircraft was delivered in 1979, the fleet has accumulated more than 4 million flight hours. Strategy v-p Jeff Pino told AIN that the company could deliver the 700th helicopter by the summer of 2008.

September 20, 2006 - 11:57am

About 3,600 Sikorsky Aircraft workers in Connecticut and Florida went on strike on February 20, voting a tentative agreement down 2,045 to 1,072 mainly because of increased health insurance costs. The workers–represented by IBT Local 1150–picketed at the company’s headquarters in Stratford, Conn., as well as at Sikorsky’s facilities in West Haven, Bridgeport and Shelton, Conn., and West Palm Beach, Fla.

September 20, 2006 - 11:55am

Very light jets are not going to “blacken the sky,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce, who takes issue with those in the airlines and the administration who are using that claim to support a “misguided imposition” of user fees on GA. They argue that by 2010, ATC will have to handle an additional 20,000 flights per day just for VLJs.

September 20, 2006 - 11:49am

The installed price of Aviation Partners blended winglets for the Hawker 800 increased on March 1 by 7.6 percent– from $395,000 to $425,000. The Seattle company, which has completed 30 installations on orders for more than 50 to date, claims winglet-equipped Hawkers will fly 180 nm farther up to 7 percent less fuel, climb to altitude faster and cruise 18 knots faster.

 
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