Aviation International News » March 2012

March 4, 2012 - 3:50am

Indianapolis-based completion and refurbishment center Comlux America delivered its fourth aircraft–an ACJ319 now in service with Fly Comlux, the charter arm of Comlux The Aviation Group of Zurich, Switzerland–in January.

March 4, 2012 - 3:35am

Duncan Aviation’s latest expansion, a 45,000-sq-ft paint shop at its Lincoln, Neb. location, is on schedule to open this spring.

The $10.5 million project includes an extension of the ramp at Lincoln Airport, and the shop will accommodate aircraft up to large-cabin business jets, including Bombardier’s Global line, Gulfstream’s new G650 and Dassault’s Falcon 7X.

March 4, 2012 - 3:10am

Dassault’s Falcon 2000S recently received the prestigious 2011 Good Design Award for its interior, a cabin crafted in conjunction with Designworks USA.

The award for design excellence is presented annually by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture, Art and Urban Studies in Dublin, Ireland.

March 4, 2012 - 2:55am

The Civil Aviation Directorate of Serbia has launched an initiative to open a registered “heliport” in each municipality in the country. AIN understands these will be proper landing areas with at least a wind sock. Municipalities would have to pay for land development and site maintenance. Currently, the Serbian registry of heliports includes only eight platforms.

March 4, 2012 - 2:45am

The FAA has issued what could be an expensive tail-boom inspection airworthiness directive for the more than 100 Eurocopter EC130B4s in service in the U.S., most of them with air-tour operators. The AD mandates inspections for cracks in the region where the tail boom meets the fenestron assembly. If cracks are found the boom must be replaced at an estimated cost of $64,250 per helicopter.

March 4, 2012 - 2:10am

The families of the two Colombian men killed in the July 2011 crash of a Robinson R66 have hired Los Angeles law firm Baum Hedlund to represent them. Last month the law firm issued a press release featuring photos of the dead men with their families and blasting Robinson for placing “profit over passenger safety.” Baum Hedlund has faced off with Robinson in five previous crashes of R22s and R44s.

March 4, 2012 - 1:40am

The FAA is moving to redefine what “extremely remote” means when it comes to Part 29 certification provisions regarding loss of helicopter gearbox lubrication. The S-92 originally gained certification after Sikorsky convinced the FAA that complete loss of lubrication was extremely remote. Failure of the main rotor gearbox lubrication system is blamed for the fatal ditching of a Cougar Helicopters S-92A off Newfoundland in March 2009.

March 4, 2012 - 1:35am
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling

Eurocopter has clarified the EC175 certification status, having apparently changed plans. The new medium twin is “on time” for full certification late this year. At one point, Eurocopter was planning a basic type certification late last year, followed by offshore mission equipment certification this year. The company has decided to combine the certifications.

March 4, 2012 - 1:20am

A House/Senate conference committee removed language inserted by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in the final FAA re-authorization bill that would have mandated helicopters transiting parts of Long Island to fly off its North Shore at a minimum altitude of 2,500 feet.

March 4, 2012 - 1:05am

Auburn University has selected Southeast Aerospace, of Melbourne, Fla., to develop an ADS-B STC for the Cessna 172S, which will also include an approved model list (AML) STC for ADS-B installations in a variety of similar aircraft models. The Auburn installation includes FreeFlight’s Rangr ADS-B out system, which is a 978 MHz UAT (universal access transceiver) solution. The system includes the FreeFlight FDL-978-TX Rangr UAT, TC-987 control head, RF decoder, 1201 GPS/Waas receiver, two L-band antennas and a GPS/Waas antenna.

 
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