Aviation International News » March 2009

February 27, 2009 - 10:19am

Twin Commander 690B, Rio Grande, P.R., Dec. 3, 2008–The Webstas Aviation Services Aero Commander was destroyed when it crashed in the mountains while maneuvering about four nm southeast of Rio Grande, killing the ATP-rated pilot and two passengers.

February 27, 2009 - 10:12am

Twin Commander 690, Wray, Colo., Jan. 15, 2009–The Commander 690, operated by JW Oil, was destroyed when it crashed four miles from Wray Municipal Airport on approach. The pilot and two passengers, both pilots, were killed. The flight was inbound from Centennial Airport in Denver on an IFR flight plan.

February 27, 2009 - 10:11am

Aerospatiale Alenia ATR 42-320, Lubbock, Texas, Jan. 27, 2009–The crew of the FedEx ATR 42 that landed 300 feet short of the runway on an ILS approach to Preston Smith International Airport survived, with the ATP-rated captain suffering serious injuries and the commercial first officer sustaining minor injuries.

February 27, 2009 - 10:05am

The House aviation subcommittee held a hearing last month on an FAA reauthorization bill that is essentially a reintroduction of the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007,” which the full House of Representatives approved in September 2007. That legislation died at the end of last year because the Senate never followed through with its FAA reauthorization proposals.

February 27, 2009 - 10:04am

Building on business aviation’s International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) introduced in 2002, business aviation groups from around the world have developed a Safety Management System Tool Kit (SMS TK) to help operators respond to global standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

February 27, 2009 - 10:02am

Two former officials of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration along with former President Clinton’s national science advisor have issued a report suggesting that the space agency should return to its roots by restoring the aeronautics portion of its mission.

February 27, 2009 - 9:49am

Lufthansa Technik has ordered a Cair cabin humidification control system from CTT Systems of Nykoping, Sweden, for installation this fall as part of an executive A330 interior contract…Gore Design Completions of San Antonio has ordered the same CTT Systems Cair humidification package for installation in an executive A340…European charter operator Comlux has taken delivery of its second new Airbus A318 in executive configuration, both of which

February 27, 2009 - 9:48am

According to John Martin, v-p and general manager of the DeCrane Aerospace Pats Aircraft Completion division, the Georgetown, Del.-based center has chosen to change its interior completion strategy and is no longer soliciting Boeing Business Jet interior completion work.

February 27, 2009 - 9:48am

Durrell Unger “Dee” Howard, a determined and talented pioneer in the post- World War II development of business aviation, died on February 11 at age 88 in San Antonio, Texas.

February 27, 2009 - 9:47am

Supplemental type certificates (STCs) have been issued for installation of International Water-Guard’s IWG-A4 water treatment unit on the Dassault Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 series. According to IWG president and CEO David Fox, the approvals open up a substantial retrofit market for some 700 aircraft.