Aviation International News » May 2006

September 19, 2006 - 7:28am

A lawyer who filed a lawsuit on behalf of family members killed in a June 15, 2003, helicopter crash began taking depositions from defendant Rolls-Royce in March. Attorney Richard Genter of Jenkintown, Pa., filed the lawsuit on May 12 last year in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii. Genter is representing the families of the three passengers killed during a sightseeing flight in an MD 500D over Volcanoes National Park near Hilo, Hawaii.

September 19, 2006 - 6:33am

User fees, career-building strategies and striking a balance between professional success and personal achievements topped the agenda at the 17th annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference, held from March 23 to 25 in Nashville, Tenn. The three-day conference set attendance records for the association, as more than 3,100 people from all segments of the industry attended.

September 19, 2006 - 6:18am

Viking Air, the Vancouver-based specialist in support, STCs and airframe mods for de Havilland Canada (DHC) Beavers and Otters, has acquired full production rights for the full line of DHC aircraft up to the DHC-7 Dash 7.

September 18, 2006 - 1:08pm

Asymmetric-thrust accidents continue to occur in normal operations and in training because of “a huge misunderstanding” about how best to retain control of multi-engine aircraft, said a Dutch former test pilot concerned that flight manuals do not reflect definitions of performance used in certification.

September 18, 2006 - 1:00pm

Terrain-avoidance warning systems (TAWS) technology, which has been credited with preventing several potential major accidents, underscores the need for continued flight-operations vigilance, especially during the approach and landing phases, according to safety consultant Capt. Dan Gurney.

September 18, 2006 - 12:55pm

Which type of public air-transport service is safest–mainline, regional or low-cost carrier (LCC)? It might be a surprise, given possible assumptions about the perceived priorities at the various carrier types, that a recent report suggests the LCCs are safest.

September 18, 2006 - 12:42pm

Alto Aviation, with roots at audio giant Bose, is expanding and last month completed a move from its old Sterling, Mass. facilities to a new, larger 14,000-sq-ft corporate headquarters and manufacturing center in nearby Leominster. The company’s founders, all retired from Bose, launched Alto about nine years ago. With the blessing of Dr.

September 18, 2006 - 12:40pm

Lou Martin & Associates has introduced what it calls its NT Pleated Shade system as the latest in its line of aircraft window shades. The new technology allows the passenger the choice of a full blackout shade, a full sheer position or a combination of blackout and sheer. The new shade uses the same fixed motor controller as other Lou Martin shade systems and is also available in a less costly mechanical version.

September 18, 2006 - 12:39pm

Moscow-based Kvand recently delivered its fourth Yak-42 executive upgrade cabin refurbishment. The work was done at the Saratov Aviation Plant in Saratov, Russia, in association with Aviatrading, using the Yakovlev Design Bureau. The interior layout divided the cabin into luxury executive/VIP and passenger sections with two galleys and two lavatories.

September 18, 2006 - 12:34pm

Start-up Waypoint Partners of Fort Lauderdale is a new member of the industry, specializing in the monitoring of cabin completion, extensive refurbishment and modification of business aircraft. The company’s three principals–Michael Sowa, Kenneth Murray and Robert Liddell–have a total of more than 75 years of experience in the aviation industry.