The FAA ordered operators of certain Beech 1900s to visually inspect their wing spars before they resume flying after the agency received reports of cracking in the rear spar lower caps and rear spar web of two 1900Ds in August. One airplane had accumulated 19,126 service hours when its operator found the cracks in the lower aft spar cap flange. However, they extended upward into the web and ended at the lightening hole in the spar web.
Aviation International News » October 2006
Frontier Airlines has chosen to establish its own regional subsidiary to fly Bombardier Q400s last month rather than recruit its regional code-share partner and the only other airline to fly the type in the continental U.S., Seattle-based Horizon Air. The
The FAA last month granted Innovative Solutions & Support an STC for installation of the company’s 10-inch displays in the Pilatus PC-12. Like its previous PC-12 approval for installation of two 15-inch display units, IS&S’s latest STC includes TCAS, TAWS and RVSM compatibility.
Responding to customer input, Verizon Airfone said it will continue providing MagnaStar phone users with air-to-ground communications “through at least December 31, 2007.” This action reverses a Verizon decision this summer to exit the air-to-ground phone business on December 4, an action that would have left some 4,100 Teledyne Control MagnaStar users without service.
Honeywell last month gave journalists their first look at the company’s developmental integrated primary flight display (IPFD), including the synthetic-vision portion of the system now in initial design testing with Gulfstream.
FAA regulations that would impose numerous new requirements on air-tour operators are one step closer to publication. The rulemaking, proposed in October 2003, is now under review at the Office of Management and Budget. That review and approval is the last step before the FAA can publish a final rule.
Raisbeck Engineering’s ZR Lite modification system for the Learjet 35/36 last month received European Aviation Safety Agency certification. The ZR Lite system enables an increase in mtow at hot-and-high runways.
Reports of tread separations and bulges on Goodyear nosewheel tires on Gulfstreams and Global Expresses have resulted in an AD. The directive (AD 2006-18-08) requires operators to replace the tires if they fall within a designated range of serial numbers. The directive affects some 1,000 Gulfstreams and 100 Global Expresses.
The FAA is requesting public comments on the usefulness of airport advisory services now available at 20 airports in the continental U.S. The agency does not give a reason why it’s asking for comments, but it could be collecting data to help decide whether the cost of continuing the service is justified.
The Aviation Maintenance Training Institute of Winter Park, Fla., last month went online with its Cessna Citation Forum (www.cessnacitationforum.com). The goal of the forum, said its organizer, is to provide a venue for Citation operators and owners to discuss operational and maintenance topics. There is no charge to participate in the forum.