The Corporate Angel Network recognized Corning for having flown a record number of flights carrying cancer patients to treatment centers aboard its Fairchild Dornier 328JET corporate shuttles. Corning, of Horseheads, N.Y., has flown more than 1,500 CAN missions since joining the organization in 1983. “Corning’s people go the extra mile for our patients,” said CAN executive director Thomas Robertazzi.
Aviation International News » May 2002
The NTSB determined the probable cause of a January 2000 King Air C90 fatal accident was the failure of the pilot to follow his approach clearance, and his subsequent descent into unprotected airspace, which resulted in a collision with the guy wire of a 460-ft microwave antenna.
A voice-capable, three-frequency ELT made by the UK’s HT Smith Group is now being marketed in North America by Winslow Life Raft of Lake Suzy, Fla. The 1.3-lb ELT has two-way voice transmission capability on 121 MHz and 243 MHz. The $2,975 unit also sends distress signals on 406 MHz.
While NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association support the December 2004 implementation of domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (DRVSM) between FL 350 and 390, the two associations are adamantly opposed to expanding DRVSM to below FL 350 before December 2006.
Some seven months after Signature Flight Support reached an agreement to acquire Ranger Aerospace and Ranger’s Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG), the deal has been completed. Culmination of the sale now means that Signature Flight Support’s airline fueling and handling operations represent half of the company’s business.
Raytheon Aircraft reported sales of $768 million in the second quarter of this year, compared with $810 million for the second quarter last year. Operating income also fell, from $35 million in last year’s second quarter to $27 million in the second quarter of this year. Deliveries of King Airs and corporate jets through the second quarter of this year dropped more than 20 percent: from 149 airplanes last year to 118 this year.
EVASWorldwide, an affiliate of Ramsey, N.J.-based Aircraft Services Group, said its $11,000 Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS) personal cockpit smoke-displacement unit has just received certification for use in the Gulfstream III and GV. The company expects STCs to be awarded “any day now” for EVAS use in the BBJ and Challenger. Approvals for the Falcon 50, Beechjet, King Air series and Global Express are also in the works.
Eclipse Aviation displayed a new mockup of its redesigned Eclipse 500 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., last month, but first flight of the genuine article has been pushed back 30 days (to next July, rather than June) and certification pushed back six months to December 2003.
Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based CommutAir has notified its employees that it will return 12 of its remaining 26 leased Beech 1900D turboprops to Raytheon Aircraft and furlough more than 150 personnel as part of a plan to reduce operations by some 45 percent.
A last-ditch campaign to have the FAA modify its final rule revising FAR Part 145 appears to have paid off for several aviation maintenance trade associations. The Office of Management and Budget, the last stop in the bureaucratic review process, returned the rule to the FAA for reconsideration on July 20.