Mitsubishi garnered top bragging rights in the most recent AIN product-support survey, and the biennial pilots’ review of proficiency (PROP) seminar series is one good reason why. How many manufacturers sponsor regular owner/operator safety seminars–let alone doing so for aircraft that went out of production almost two decades ago?
Aviation International News » May 2004
Boeing has formed an international industry team to compete for the contract to build and deploy the next generation of GPS satellites.
The Air Force plans to award the contract in early 2006 for the new GPS III satellites that will replace the ones currently in orbit and those scheduled for launch between now and when the GPS III satellites are ready.
A federal arbitrator has ordered American Airlines to pay the Allied Pilots Association $23.2 million for scope-clause violations related to its American Connection agreements with Chautauqua and Trans States Airlines. When the APA filed the grievance in late 2001, its scope clause required that American freeze any regional jet growth at affiliate carriers while mainline pilots were on furlough.
Sentient said that sales of its block-charter private jet card grew 82 percent in the first quarter over the same period a year ago. The Norwell, Mass. company, which books time on select charter operators, says that it now has more than 1,700 cardholders.
Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich., is doubling its warranty on all its turbine and piston rotorcraft to two years or 1,000 hours. In addition, the company said all gearboxes are “fully prorated for their published lifetimes.” At Heli-Expo in March, Enstrom announced a single-piece tail-rotor pitch link on the company’s three- to five-seat 480B light turbine helicopter.
The FAA extended the deadline from this April 12 to April 30 next year for Part 121 regional and major airlines to equip automated external defibrillators (AED) with approved batteries. Despite several years’ notice, Phillips Medical, the primary manufacturer of AEDs for airliners, only recently applied for TSO C142 approval for its batteries.
Investigation continues into an explosive device found on April 7 in a men’s lavatory outside a secure area in the atrium at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. According to Air Security International, a bomb squad detonated the device. The FBI described the device as “similar to a military trip flare containing a highly flammable substance” capable of causing “very serious injury to anyone handling or tampering with it.”
LaJolla, Calif.-based Stage III Technologies, which in December received an STC for its Stage 3 hush kit for the Gulfstream IISP, expects to receive by the end of summer certification for installation of its kit on the GIII, GIIB and GII, including Stage 1 GIIs. Unlike the already certified systems offered by Really Quiet and Quiet Technology Aerospace, the Stage III system has no moving parts.
Using a new Web-based tool, operators who typically fly below Class A airspace can now obtain icing forecasts up to 12 hours in advance of their flight. The FAA tool provides a color weather map and a flight route display of icing potential from 3,000 to 18,000 feet. The user can select forecast times from three-, six-, nine-, and 12-hour intervals to help plan their routes.
Business aircraft sales and deliveries this year are showing early signs of recovery, if the report by one manufacturer points to widespread improvement for the industry. After increasing PC-12 sales by 35 percent last year compared with 2002, Pilatus is headed for a record-tying year. Officials at the Swiss manufacturer and at its U.S.