For years the conventional wisdom has been that to make money, you have to spend money–on facilities, workforce, R&D and, of course, business aircraft to move key personnel quickly to where the opportunities present themselves. Sadly, to make money in not-so-good times you have to save money, and to do that one of the first items to go to the selling block is usually the corporate aircraft.
Aviation International News » September 2002
Even as the design was subjected to a grueling series of tests intended to determine its very future, an additional $1.5 billion in funding was approved last month for procurement of another 20 Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors.
Russian rotorcraft maker Kazan primped its Ansat light-twin helicopter before representatives of operators from 20 countries during a company-wide open house held at the company factory last month.
In the wake of an emergency AD demanding main-rotor blade inspections on the entire Sikorsky S-76 fleet (see page 6), Sikorsky issued a statement in which it concurred with the findings of the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)–that the fatal July 16 crash of a Bristow S-76A+ into the North Sea, resulting in the deaths of nine passengers and two pilots, was caused by a lightning strike suffered by one of the helicopter’s main rotor
Nearly since the first U.S.-based emergency medical services (EMS) flight operation was performed in the early 1970s, controversy has swirled around the practice. In battlefield conditions, where the dangers were more clear cut and the issue nearly always one of life and death, questions on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of EMS flights are rarely raised.
With more and more pilots bidding farewell to paper approach charts and turning to the convenience of handheld flight-deck computers, official word from the FAA stipulating exactly how such devices may be used in the cockpit has been eagerly anticipated by the industry for some time.
Perhaps deliberately, the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) is not easy to find. Tucked away in the countryside near Herndon, Va., the facility looks like any of the other low-rise high-tech buildings in the neighborhood. But unlike the others, the ATCSCC has no large signs announcing its owner’s name, no imposing entrance and no flags flying outside.
Garmin has tossed its hat into the terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) ring, announcing at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., last month that a class-B product is in the works and will be offered to buyers of Garmin 500-series avionics “within a year.”
The Regional Airline Association has urged the FAA to expand its consultations with airlines on domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (DRVSM) to include regional jet operators “to enable an accurate assessment of the costs, benefits and impact on regional airlines.” In a comment to the FAA’s rule proposal, submitted August 8, RAA recommended that the agency amend the rule’s implementation date to ensure that RJs in the U.S.
AirCell and Iridium Satellite have reached an agreement that will allow AirCell to offer Iridium-based satellite communications products and services. As part of the agreement, AirCell is expanding its airborne telecommunications product line by developing new Iridium-based products to be offered through AirCell’s existing network of U.S. dealers, as well as through a newly formed network of international dealers.