After the tragic collision between a Russian Tu-154 and a DHL cargo Boeing 757 at 35,400 ft over southern Germany on July 1, AIN questioned whether regulations, or any other body of accepted procedures, clearly state which command took precedence–that of the onboard traffic alert collision avoidance system (TCAS) or that of the human controller.
Aviation International News » September 2002
In an August 8 memo, James Ballough, director of the FAA Flight Standards Service, confirmed that large-transport-category airplanes, including the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jetliner, may be operated under Part 135 if their type certificates indicate that modifications have been made that limit the number of passenger seats to 30 or fewer and payload capacity of 7,500 lb or less.
Honeywell signed a contract with West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., to develop an RVSM equipment package for the Learjet 30 series. The package, scheduled to be available for installation early next year, includes Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air data computer, AM-250 barometric altimeter/airdata computer, BA-250 altimeter display and altitude alerter control.
The Department of Defense is conducting more GPS interference tests in the western U.S. through next month that will cause GPS navigation to be unreliable at times near the test centers, reported AOPA. The areas affected center on the Bonneville (BVL) Vortac in Utah, Truth or Consequences (TCS) Vortac in New Mexico and Sierra Vista Municipal Airport in Arizona.
The ongoing investigation into the fatal midair collision between an Air Force F-16 and a privately operated Cessna 172 near Bradenton, Fla., on Nov. 16, 2000, reveals “safety issues that warrant the FAA’s attention,” said the NTSB.
Million Air said it will construct a 20,000-sq-ft FBO at its present site at Midway Airport, and plans for the new FBO have been presented to the city of Chicago. Upon approval, demolition of the current facility will begin, followed by construction of the new FBO. During the process of demolition and construction, modular offices and operations facilities will allow the FBO to continue serving customers.
Eclipse Aviation announced that it will partner with underwriter Global Aerospace Underwriters to provide hull and liability insurance to owners of owner-flown Eclipse 500s.
Italy’s Vulcanair expects to begin flying its single-turboprop VF600W by the end of this month, according to Remo De Feo, president of the company’s Manassas, Va.-based distributor. The fuselage of the nine-seat, 8,600-lb-mtow airplane was derived from the Vulcanair SF600A Canguro and its high wing from the Vulcanair 600 Viator. The airplane is powered by a Walter M601F-11 turboprop engine.
The New York Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and the New York Tracon will be combined into one building under an FAA plan to integrate air traffic services in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.
Gore Design Completions recently outfitted a Boeing 767-200ER in slightly less than six months, an accomplishment the San Antonio-based company claims is a record for the interior outfitting of a green widebody airliner in a VIP/ corporate configuration.