Really Quiet has doubled the warranty on its Stage 3 hush kit and thrust-reverser system for the Gulfstream II. The new warranty is two years, 1,000 hours or 500 cycles, whichever comes first. Really Quiet of Reston, Va., was the first of two companies to receive an STC for installation of hush kits on Spey-powered Gulfstreams.
Aviation International News » October 2003
Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., and Roswell Industrial Air Center in Roswell, N.M., have been designated by the Customs and Border Protection Agency as user-fee airports.
Charles Johnson, 60, who was named president of Cessna in March, remains on an “indefinite leave” of absence since late August due to undisclosed ongoing medical problems, according to a spokesman for the Wichita aircraft maker. Without elaborating on his illness, the spokesman said that doctors have ruled out cancer and heart-related problems. Cessna senior v-p of engineering Jack Pelton has assumed Johnson’s duties until he returns.
“Beechcraft and Hawker owners can now find parts for their aircraft anywhere in the world with the click of a mouse,” says Raytheon Aircraft of its expanded worldwide inventory network (WIN). WIN provides access to the entire parts inventory of Raytheon Aircraft and all its distributors and service centers. Previously, only customer-support representatives could view the parts inventory under the WIN program.
Family members of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) and five other passengers who were killed in the October 25 crash of a King Air A100 reached a $25 million agreement with the charter company that operated the twin turboprop, averting a likely lawsuit against Aviation Charter of Eden Prairie, Minn. The King Air crashed during an approach in poor visibility (AIN, January, page 10).
Operators of Beechjets, MU-300s (Diamonds) and Hawker 700s will have an RVSM solution from Raytheon Aircraft in the near future. A company spokesman told AIN that the company expects to complete STC programs for these airplanes “early next year.” To that end, Innovative Solutions & Support of Exton, Pa., has received a $3 million order for RVSM-compliant avionics intended for these aircraft.
Transport Canada announced last month that Montreal Dorval Airport will be officially renamed Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport to honor Canada’s former prime minister. The name change won’t take effect, however, until January 1, and the YUL identifier will be retained. Trudeau, who served as PM from 1968 to 1979 and then again from 1980 to 1984, died from cancer on Sept. 28, 2000, at the age of 80.
A few aviation entrepreneurs have imprinted their name in the industry not only because they have provided a great product or service, but also because their foresight, innovation and personality have been a driving force behind it. George “Rick” Adam Jr. appears to be destined for that list.
Bronx city councilman Oliver Koppell introduced a resolution into the New York state legislature calling for curtailing any plans to expand Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y. The resolution claims that wastewater runoff from expanded runways could pollute the Kensico Reservoir, through which 90 percent of the city’s water flows.
The Portuguese government is investigating the September 12 fatal accident of a 1977 King Air 200 in which the British pilot and all eight Spanish passengers were killed. The twin turboprop crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off on a planned commercial flight from Portugal’s Madeira Islands. The airplane, N600BV, was registered to Willis Lease Finance in Sausalito, Calif.