ATR late in August announced that the ATR 72-600 regional turboprop made its first flight on July 24 in Toulouse, France, seven months after the first power-on test. The test program calls for 150 flight hours, and certification is pegged for next year. The maiden flight of the ATR 42-600 has slipped into 2010. It will mark the start of a 75-hour flight-test campaign for the smaller version.
Aviation International News » October 2009
Bombardier has moved the certification target for its 100-seat CRJ1000 to the first quarter of the company’s next fiscal year, starting February 1, from this year’s fiscal fourth quarter, after a software glitch recently forced the company to reassess its schedules.
Switzerland’s regional scheduled airlines seem relatively well prepared to face a passenger slump expected to last through next year. After a frantic build-up period in the early years of the current decade, followed by a shakeout, the four majors appear entrenched in their respective markets.
Western Aircraft of Boise, Idaho, has done “exceedingly well” despite the poor economy, Al Hoyt, president and COO of the company, told AIN. “During the past couple of years we’ve not had to lay off anyone and we’ve been increasing our market share on Falcons, Pilatus and Hawkers. Our avionics shop has also grown and strengthened. Five years ago we principally upgraded avionics systems in PC-12s.
Embraer has launched an Engine LRU (line replaceable unit) Pool Flight Hour program for Embraer E-Jet customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It gives them unlimited access to and repair of General Electric engine LRUs.
Metro Aviation has earned FAA Part 145 repair station status to perform maintenance and repair on Bell 407s. With this latest certification, the Shreveport, La.-based company continues to diversify the helicopters approved under a long-standing repair station authorization. Metro has finished several new Bell 407s both for air medical and corporate customers and the company has contracts for completions of the aircraft through next year.
Aerospace Filtration Systems is partnering with Metro Aviation to develop
HSource One Aircraft Repair (Soar), an aftermarket AOG and field repair service, has partnered with MRO Sabena Technics to provide AOG repair services.
The Learjet Model 60 is the subject of a recent FAA Safety Alert for Operators (Safo) to maintain the correct tire pressures. FAA Flight Standards Service Safo 09012 recommends measuring cold tire pressure at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer.
StandardAero has received supplemental type certification (STC) to remove Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 or -42 series engines on the Beechcraft King Air 200/200C/B200/B200C and replace them with PT6A-52 engines and four-blade Hartzell propellers. It is the same engine and propeller combination that is type certified on the new Beechcraft King Air B200GT.