Denying it is re-evaluating safety aspects of the Mitsubishi MU-2 in response to requests from several Colorado legislators, the FAA said its investigation is the result of a “recent increase in the accident rate” of the turboprop twin. As of press time, 11 people have been killed in six accidents involving MU-2s since last March, including two in Colorado. The MU-2 was the subject of two previous evaluations–in 1983 and 1991.
Aviation International News » September 2005
Machinists at Raytheon Aircraft in Wichita are working under a new contract after failing last month to marshal enough votes for a strike. The Wichita Eagle reported that union members had voted to reject the company’s proposed three-year labor agreement, but they did not have the votes required for a work stoppage. Because the strike vote fell short, the contract was ratified.
Halon fire-extinguishing agents have been used for many years to protect valuable electronics, oil and gas production facilities, military systems, aircraft and other critical operations. The Army Corps of Engineers developed Halon (short for halogenated hydrocarbons) in 1948 as a less toxic but highly effective alternative to methyl bromide.
The Cayman Islands have launched a publicity campaign to get business jet owners to register aircraft there, citing the ease of the process. The islands’ Civil Aviation Authority, which plans to exhibit for the second time at the NBAA Convention in November, currently has about 100 airplanes on its registry.
SimCom now offers Socata TBM 700 training at both its Orlando, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz. centers. Increased training options at both locations include the introduction of an upgrade course, specially designed for the piston or low-time pilot upgrading to the TBM 700. Meanwhile, FlightSafety International next year will add another Piaggio Avanti simulator at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla.
Executive Jet Management’s plan to establish a scheduled airline using business jets took a major step forward on August 16 when the DOT approved EJM’s application.
Europe-headquartered handling group Swissport and maintenance provider Arabasco (Arab Airplane Services Co.) of Saudi Arabia have formed a new joint venture to establish FBOs at Jeddah and Riyadh. Handling operations for business aircraft could begin at both Saudi airports as soon as next month or November.
Executive Aircraft Completions, a Tulsa, Okla.-based interior design and engineering firm, has acquired Avhar Services of San Antonio. Renamed Executive Aircraft Completions-San Antonio, the company will continue to operate from its current facilities for the time being.
The FAA said it has no objection from an “airspace utilization standpoint” to a plan to develop Air Rice Airport, a private facility near Katy, Texas, into a public-use business aviation airport. The private developers have renamed the field South Waller County Airport and hope to start construction within six months to extend the runway.
The NTSB determined that the Sikorsky S-76 that crashed in the East River in Manhattan on June 17 had a bent compressor blade on one engine. No other anomalies have been found as yet. Meanwhile, at press time no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions had been discovered on the Bell 206L that went down in the East River on June 14. There were no fatalities in either accident.