Keeping today’s turbine-powered aircraft clean might not be rocket science, but it isn’t like washing a car, either. There is now a program that teaches aircraft detailers the safe and proper procedures for detailing all aspects of turbine-aircraft exteriors and interiors.
Aviation International News » March 2007
Stevens Aviation announced the expansion of its network of five service center locations by re-opening its Greenville, S.C. facility as a Stevens Turboprop Center
after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. The move adds 30,000 sq ft of hangar space to support the operation.
Some MROs are growing increasingly concerned about working on aircraft that are more than 18 years old because they fall beyond the statute of repose limits established in the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994. The concern is that litigation after an accident involving an older aircraft could shift to the maintenance shop. Yingling Aviation of Wichita does not let that concern limit its services.
Dassault Falcon Jet has bestowed authorized service center status on Jet Aviation Dubai for the Falcon 900 and 2000. The company is now authorized to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, AOG assistance and aircraft repair for Falcon 900s and 2000s.
Several European helicopter pilots recently formed the Flying Bulls, the only civil helicopter aerobatic team in Europe. The team uses the BO 105 for its performances, the most recent of which took place in Kitzbuhel, Austria, on January 27.
At 6:34 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2006, while attempting to land on an oil platform, a CHC-operated Eurocopter SA 365N Dauphin 2 crashed into the Irish Sea. During the later stages of the approach to the Morecambe platform, the crew decided to go around. The helicopter continued a roll to the right with nose-down pitch. The copilot, the pilot flying, asked for assistance and the captain took control. The helicopter never stopped descending.
The classic clash between operators and their neighbors is a relative constant in helicopter circles. As cities such as Las Vegas experience surges in population growth and tourism activity, the comfort zone between people on the ground and aircraft in the sky gets squeezed to uncomfortable margins.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is drafting new rules for heliport layout and construction in a revised Annex 14. The new rules propose changes to the size of the final approach and takeoff (FATO) area, visual cues and surrounding airspace. ICAO expects the rules to be in place next year.
Agusta S.p.A., the Italian element of AgustaWestland, is suing the French procurement agency, the DGA, claiming that an unfair tender essentially eliminated the Milan-based company from the competition for helicopters for the French state.
The new owner of the London Heliport, von Essen Hotels, has appointed UK helicopter charter operator PremiAir to manage the site. The heliport, located at Battersea on the south bank of the River Thames, will be extensively redeveloped following a February 8 deal in which von Essen Hotels purchased the site from the Weston group.