Aviation International News » October 2010

September 30, 2010 - 6:16am

Egyptian executive charter company Smart Aviation placed a firm order for a pair of Bombardier Q400 turboprops in late August in preparation for its expansion into scheduled airline operations by year-end. The contract, which includes options for another three of the 74-seat turboprops, calls for delivery by December, at which time the company plans to launch services between secondary domestic ­destinations from its base in Cairo.

September 30, 2010 - 6:15am

The world helicopter fleet will grow from 24,625 last year to 36,946 by 2015, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan. However, it said demand would remain anemic until late 2011 or early 2012.

September 30, 2010 - 6:15am

Novato, Calif.-based Willis Lease Finance, a leading lessor of commercial jet engines, last month signaled its intention to enter the regional jet leasing business by signing an MOU with Superjet International covering the purchase of six Sukhoi Superjet 100s and options for four more.

September 30, 2010 - 6:14am

Republic Airways plans to continue operating three Bombardier Q400 turboprops from Denver this winter, reversing earlier plans to dismantle the fleet completely. As a result, Republic intends to continue to connect Denver with Aspen until at least April. Republic in February announced plans to replace all 11 Bombardier Q400s flown by its Lynx Airlines subsidiary with Embraer E170s and E190s.

September 30, 2010 - 6:13am

Pilot leaders from Continental and United Airlines have proposed abolishing so-called regional jet outsourcing during contract negotiations in Denver. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents the pilots of both Continental and United, wants any new contract at the would-be merged airline to contain language calling for a kind of phased approach to eventually dismantling the system that relies so heavily on regional affiliates.

September 30, 2010 - 6:12am

The NTSB has cast broad blame for the Aug. 8, 2009, fatal midair between a privately piloted Piper Lance departing Teterboro and a Liberty Helicopters Eurocopter AS350BA flying an air tour that killed nine over the Hudson River near Hoboken, N.J.

September 30, 2010 - 6:08am

Hillsboro Aviation executives believe the company is being punished for good behavior.

The operator of the world’s second-largest civil helicopter flight school said it will fight a proposed $580,000 FAA civil penalty for alleged maintenance and air safety issues that occurred in 2008 and were voluntarily reported to the agency, and that it has already spent “millions of dollars” correcting.  

September 30, 2010 - 6:02am

An alert radar controller monitoring traffic at Shannon air traffic services helped to prevent a Gulfstream IV-SP from crashing near Killarney, Ireland, last July. According to a UK incident report, the Gulfstream crew requested a return to Kerry Airport after a fracture formed on the left-hand windshield shortly after takeoff. Kerry Tower cleared the aircraft for the ILS approach to Runway 26.

September 30, 2010 - 5:59am

How much oxygen do you need to make sure you’re not only legal for a planned flight but can also safely provide for crew and passengers in the event of a diversion? Aeronautical Data Systems (ADS), based in Upper Saddle River, N.J., has developed Web-based software that helps answer this question easily and comprehensively.

September 30, 2010 - 5:57am

In recent months FAA Administrator Babbitt has promoted specific tailored hypoxia training, along with high-altitude handling, for commercial and private pilots who want to fly at high altitude. Indeed, FAA Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14CFR) establishes mandatory requirements for high-altitude training using military altitude chambers at 15 U.S.