“When you paint an airplane, seven things happen, and six of them are bad.” So says Frank DeNisio, and he ought to know the potential pitfalls that can come between bare metal and a gleaming, durable paint job. DeNisio is operations manager of modifications for Dassault Falcon Jet Wilmington, the relatively new owner of the paint shop he has worked in for 27 years. Dassault Falcon Jet bought the Wilmington, Del.
Aviation International News » November 2003
There are those unsung workers whose skills are underrated and whose work may go unappreciated, or at best is taken for granted. So it is with those who paint business airplanes. It’s a sometimes nasty, often physically demanding, always labor-intensive job that requires a knowledge of chemistry and the soul of an artist.
Broadband cabin noise, which can greatly fatigue passengers in even the most finely appointed business aircraft, could be a thing of the past if a new system from Britain’s Ultra Electronics and Qinetiq makes it to market. Early next year the partners are expecting to flight test new-generation hybrid active/passive mounts positioned between the fuselage and cabin trim panels.
The NTSB issued a preliminary report on the recent crash of a Hawker 700 and a final report on a 2001 crash involving a Learjet 25B.
Witnesses reported seeing Hawker 700 N45BP flying at low altitude and doing “erratic maneuvers” before it crashed at about 7 p.m. on September 20, killing all three pilots aboard. The accident occurred near Beaumont, Texas.
Man-carried portable air defense systems (Manpads), also known as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, in the hands of terrorists have a lot of people very worried. It’s debatable how significant the concern really is– particularly in comparison with the threat from other sources.
Ask most professional pilots about either the USAir accident in Pittsburgh or the United Airlines crash in Colorado Springs, when the Boeing 737s flipped upside down before impact, and the discussion often focuses on whether it was wake turbulence, a roll cloud or a rudder hard-over that caused the crashes.
A ninth candidate has entered the race to take over ailing French regional Air Littoral following the withdrawal of Wexford Capital, the U.S.-based investment fund manager.
The latest party to eye Air Littoral, which was under bankruptcy observation until the end of last month, will officially reveal its identity in the next few days. It is understood to involve several European investment funds and a French management company.
Spanish airports authority AENA said the new runways being built at Madrid Barajas Airport and Barcelona El Prat Airport will both be operational next summer. The news could bring relief to business aircraft operators–especially in Madrid, where access to Barajas has been especially difficult during the prolonged construction program, which also includes a new terminal and another runway.
For years, the marketers of the Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS) have been asking the FAA to require the product. They argue that it is already STC’d and installed on a number of business and airline aircraft, and the FAA accepts that it is the only product designed to provide pilots with a means of seeing vital instruments and out the windshield in the event of “continuous” smoke in the cockpit.
The pace of orders and deliveries for Dassault Falcons slowed significantly during the first half of this year, company officials said at a press conference on October 1 at Dassault’s Saint-Cloud headquarters near Paris.