Aviation International News » March 2011

February 28, 2011 - 6:05am

The Business Aircraft Center at Danbury Airport has installed a new system of remote viewing cameras that will allow aircraft owners and pilots to use a security code to log in on their computers and watch their airplanes from anywhere in the world. Government agencies have raised concerns about the security of GA aircraft, and the FBO's operators believe the new system offers an extra degree of protection.

February 28, 2011 - 5:05am

Carried by Part 91 operators, business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. eked out a 0.5-percent increase in January versus the same period a year ago, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. Part 91 activity rose 6 percent year-over-year, but the Part 135 charter and Part 91K fractional segments both saw activity fall by 7.2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.

February 28, 2011 - 5:05am

Small, inexpensive GPS jammers carried by truckers have caused the occasional shutdown of the Laas test installation at Newark Airport. The devices, powered by simply plugging into the cigarette lighter, are intended to foil interrogations of the truck's remotely installed GPS and its coupled cellphone by the trucking company's dispatcher to check on the vehicleπs location and progress.

February 28, 2011 - 4:15am

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced in January that the DHS will drop its color-coded threat advisory system.

February 28, 2011 - 4:15am

Canadaπs Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued its final report February 9 on the fatal 2009 accident of a Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A off Newfoundland that killed 17. The helicopter crashed while attempting to ditch after its main gearbox lubrication system failed due to two cracked oil filter bowl mounting studs.

February 28, 2011 - 4:05am

Transportation Security Administration general aviation manager Brian Delauter told attendees at the National Air Transportation Associationπs FBO Leadership Conference early last month that he hopes the newest version of the Large Aircraft Security Program (Lasp) will be ready for release in early April.

February 28, 2011 - 3:00am

Emivest Aerospace has had its court-administered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection extended through midsummer while it tries to complete the sale of the companyπs assets to an entity owned by the Chinese government. Attorneys for the maker of the SJ30 light jet successfully petitioned the U.S.

February 27, 2011 - 1:15pm

Bangalore, India-based Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying, a CAE-Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) training joint venture, received a simulator cockpit for the civil Dhruv light twin in February. It is now being integrated with an existing mission simulator and should be ready for training in May.

February 27, 2011 - 10:30am

Embraer has received supplementary type certificates for the Phenom 100 belted lavatory from Brazil’s civil aviation agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The approvals allow owners and operators who select that option to carry seven passengers, one more than allowed without the option.

February 27, 2011 - 9:55am

Pats Aircraft Systems received STC approval for an additional configuration of its Boeing 757-200 auxiliary fuel system. The system has already been installed, tested and certified in a four-tank configuration. The new stand-alone modular tank system, which is installed in the forward and aft lower cargo compartments, complements a previously approved six-tank configuration.