Western Aircraft is a company with roots deep in the Boise, Idaho, community. Its founder, the Fortune 500 Morrison Knudsen Construction Company of Hoover Dam construction fame, was using an aircraft to get to job sites as far back as the 1930s.
Aviation International News » October 2006
East Alton, Ill.-based Premier Aircraft, a joint venture between Premier Air Center and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, has a launch customer for its Falcon 50-4 performance upgrade program.
Kitchener Aero has delivered its first Eurocopter EC 120 with upgraded avionics and special-mission modifications. The factory-new helicopter was flown directly to Kitchener, Ontario. Most visible now are the two Sagem ICDS-8 EFIS flight displays. Another feature is a downward-facing camera, images from which can be shown on the multifunction display. The modification project began in June and concluded in August.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was scheduled to receive an Enstrom 480B turbine single last month. Special equipment was to include a loud-hailer PA/siren and mounts for a camera and searchlight. The agency will use the helicopter for missions such as non-fire resource assessment, census and law enforcement, including compliance with state game, fish and recreational vehicle laws. The aircraft will be based in Brainerd.
EMS operator Air Methods has signed a memorandum of understanding with American Eurocopter to buy 10 AS 350 B2/B3 AStars annually, on an indefinite basis. According to the Denver-based operator, the additional aircraft are needed to meet requirements for single-engine platforms in the medical field. Some will replace older aircraft, which are more expensive to operate.
Ikuko Hatano, a woman whose daughter died in the 2003 Sundance Helicopters crash in the Grand Canyon, was awarded $3.2 million in damages by a Clark County jury. During an air-tour sightseeing flight on Sept. 20, 2003, a Sundance-operated Eurocopter AS 350BA collided with a canyon wall and crashed. The accident took place during a VFR descent into Descent Canyon, about 1.5 miles east of the Grand Canyon West Airport.
Agusta has found the cause of the problem that sparked an emergency Airworthiness Directive on the AB139 in August. The company said only that it is working to “minimize the inconvenience to customers.” The FAA had issued an emergency airworthiness directive on Agusta AB139 tailpipes. Reports of cracks have raised concern at the FAA and its European counterpart, the EASA, that such conditions could result in cowling overheating.
The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) to all Eurocopter BO 105 operators. A recent accident investigation showed that a field-approved anti-torque pedal cover box can limit the pilot’s input. The FAA therefore recommends the replacement of the field-approved cover box with an STC’d pedal safety kit.
Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based Continental Connection affiliate CommutAir signed a deal with Horizon Air last month to lease sixteen 37-seat Bombardier Q200s. The contract, which includes maintenance support and spare parts, calls for deliveries to start in January, at which time CommutAir plans to start replacing Beech 1900Ds at Continental’s Cleveland hub.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has decided to establish a special-purpose company dedicated to attracting the estimated $1 billion it needs to market a proposed pair of 70- and 90-seat regional jets, according to Japanese media reports. The enterprise would seek backing from banks, investment companies and up to 30 percent of the required financing from public sources; however, government officials have said they have promised nothing so far.