The NTSB has had longstanding concerns about the lack of cockpit voice recorder (CVR) information following reportable accidents or incidents. And although there are requirements about retaining CVR information–FAR 135.151(c) and 121.359(f)–the Safety Board wants the FAA to take stronger action by requiring deactivation of the CVR after an incident or accident and requiring a functional check of the device before each flight of the day.
Aviation International News » October 2002
Owners of some 360 U.S.-registered Mitsubishi MU-2s would be required to install newly designed torque-tube joints to prevent possible failure of the flap control system, if a recently proposed AD is adopted.
Early next year Boeing will offer a kit for BBJs and BBJ2s that will provide a 6,500-ft cabin at FL 410 instead of the standard 8,000-ft cabin. The kit, which can be installed on green and in-service BBJs, is expected to cost less than $100,000. Components include new cabin-pressure-controller boxes with revised software, a new cabin-altitude indicator and two pressure-relief valves.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has opened its membership to include non-U.S. manufacturers, a major shift for the association and its future influence in the worldwide business aviation community. The move was not unexpected. For the last 10 years GAMA has been getting more and more involved in international business aviation issues. Also, the mergers in the 1990s of non-U.S. manufacturers with U.S.
Since production ended nearly 20 years ago of the small, sleek Falcon 10, Dassault has concentrated on building larger business jets. But Dassault Aviation chairman Charles Edelstenne disclosed at the NBAA Convention last month that he has asked his engineers and marketers to “reopen the question” of developing a smaller jet again.
Effective at the end of the month, 22 additional European countries will require all aircraft entering their airspace above FL 245 to be equipped with 8.33-kHz VHF radios. In addition, starting next month, current exemptions to the requirement already in effect in seven other European countries will not be extended and no new exemptions will be approved.
The Transportation Security Administration delayed the compliance deadline on its separate and controversial rules regarding stringent new security requirements for on-demand air-taxi operators of aircraft with an mtow of 12,500 lb or more. The comment period on the TSA’s proposed Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) was reopened for comments through September 30 and the TSA intends to issue a final rule on October 31.
The Embraer Legacy factory demonstrator is shown here over Florida’s intracoastal waterway on its way to Orlando, Fla., last month for display at the NBAA Convention. Derived from the Brazilian manufacturer’s ERJ-135 regional airliner, the $20.4 million Legacy business jet received its full type certification from the FAA on August 23, clearing the way for unfettered U.S. deliveries to begin this quarter.
Converting a piston twin into a turboprop single may seem like a bizarre idea, but an international team of technicians and engineers in Russia and Switzerland has combined its expertise to produce just such a transmutation. [Beech created the Lightning experimental prototype in the mid-1980s by placing a Garrett TPE331 in the nose of a Baron 58P airframe.–Ed.]
Jet Aviation Dusseldorf has received line and base maintenance approvals for Embraer’s ERJ-135 and ERJ-145 regional airliners. The facility in Dusseldorf, Germany, is the first Jet Aviation center to hold a line and base maintenance approval for these aircraft types, which includes airframe, engine and avionics work, as well as aircraft modifications.