Aircraft noise activists in the UK are welcoming a judicial award of $1.42 million compensation to a country landowner for noise pollution. The award by an English High Court was made against the Ministry of Defence, although the activists see it as a landmark judgment opening the way to similar action against civil airfield operators.
Aviation International News » June 2003
Businesses continue to increase the use of their aircraft–even if they are not in great numbers adding to their fleets–despite operational challenges in the name of security and access control. Representatives from U.S. and European aviation organizations discussed these and other issues at a presentation at last month’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.
Concerned about attempts by adversaries to jam global positioning satellite system signals–as occurred with only limited success during the recent Iraq conflict–the U.S. Air Force is moving ahead with plans to field a new-generation constellation of satellites, called GPS III. After a months-long logjam, the Air Force next month will begin accepting requests for proposals to develop and deploy the satellites sometime between 2010 and 2013.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Greater Rockford Airport in Illinois. The program, being formulated under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or denied no later than November 4. Comments may be submitted until July 7. For further details, contact the FAA’s Prescott Snyder in Des Plaines, Ill. at (847) 294-7538 or via fax at (847) 294-7046.
Four separate reports of interference and consequent chafing of hydraulic lines in the No. 1 and No. 3 engine pylons of Falcon 50s have led to an AD requiring detailed inspections of the entire length of the lines to ensure proper clearance. AD 2003-10-04 is applicable to aircraft with S/N 2 two through 329. Inspections and corrective action are required by June 11.
A federal judge approved a deal between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Gulfstream Aerospace in which the airframe manufacturer agreed to pay $2.1 million to more than 60 former employees–none of them pilots–to settle an age-discrimination suit.
Honeywell projects it will receive certification of an RVSM-compliance package for early Cessna Citation 500s by the end of October, a delay of about four months. Honeywell attributes the postponement to deciding to expand the package to include Citations with both OEM and non-OEM mods, such as the Long Wing and Eagle modified Citations.
The structure of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is undergoing a major overhaul as the government responds to constant pressure from the aviation industry to improve the agency. The changes, expected to be implemented next month, include the removal of CASA’s board of directors. The position of the director of aviation safety will be replaced by a full-time CEO.
Construction started last month on Cessna’s new Citation Service Center at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The 447,259-sq-ft facility, being built on 124 acres, is scheduled to be finished in the fourth quarter of next year. In anticipation of increased traffic, a new taxiway was completed in March. The support facility will operate 24/7 and Cessna expects to service 75 to 80 Citations a day.
A new airworthiness directive (AD 2003-09-10) requires operators of the Premier I to modify the aft power-distribution box and aft ram-air duct. The FAA said the AD is the result of two incidents involving temporary loss of all attitude display data, apparently from moisture entering the distribution box through the aft ram-air duct. Compliance is required within 10 hours time in service after May 13, the effective date of the directive.