The FAA, EASA and Transport Canada approved Goodrich's rotor-blade ice-protection system (Rips) for the AgustaWestland AW139 medium twin, the Charlotte, N.C.-based aircraft systems supplier announced yesterday. Rips is a key part of the full ice-protection system and bestows all-weather capability on the AW139, making it the first helicopter in its category certified for flight into known-icing conditions.
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Bird strikes are as old as aviation itself, with the Wright brothers reporting the first such hit during an early test flight. Today, aircraft bird strikes are relatively common, but thankfully rarely fatal. However, they do routinely result in costly aircraft damage.
An alert radar controller monitoring traffic at Shannon air traffic services is credited with helping to prevent a Gulfstream IV-SP from crashing into the ground near Killarney, Ireland, last July. According to a UK incident report released yesterday, the Gulfstream crew requested a return back to Kerry Airport after a fracture formed on the left-hand windshield shortly after takeoff.
Gama Charters of Stratford, Conn., and Hop-A-Jet Worldwide Jet Charter of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday became the latest air charter operators to gain acceptance on the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s industry audit standard registry (IAS). They join 14 operators that have completed the IAS audit and achieved registered status with the ACSF since the program’s inception in 2009.
Aviation safety is once again under scrutiny in Latin America after the fatal crash of Aires Airlines’ Boeing 737-700 on San Andrés Island on August 17. The accident resulted in one fatality and more than 100 injuries among the 127 passengers and crew when the Colombian airliner crashed upon landing during severe weather.
After investigating four accident flights operated under code-sharing arrangements in the past three years, the NTSB will hold a two-day symposium on October 26 to 27 on such agreements between regional airlines and major carriers.
Bombardier’s first safety standdown in Latin America drew a crowd the day before the opening of the annual Labace show. The company had 150 people signed up in advance but 210 showed up for the event. The manufacturer sponsors similar standdowns in Wichita and Geneva, where it coincides with Ebace. The Labace standdown emphasized the importance of the sharing of knowledge and experience acquired outside the formal learning venue.
Cavu Companies has added a new hold-over time (Hot) module to its EFB-Pro performance software to help pilots ensure compliance with regulatory re quirements for ground anti-icing/de-icing fluid application and pre-takeoff icing checks. The Hot module costs $250 for the first year and $100 for annual renewal. Current EFB-Pro subscribers can upgrade for the $100 renewal price.
The FAA is seeking a $65,000 civil penalty from fractional-share operator Flight Options for shipping a package that leaked a hazardous material. According to the agency, Flight Options offered "a fiberboard box containing isopropyl alcohol, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air from Cleveland to Las Vegas, Sept. 9, 2009." The package leaked, and UPS employees discovered the leakage at the company's Louisville, Ky.
The FAA has issued a draft policy memorandum that seeks to change attitudes about circuit breaker use in electrical systems and how pilots deal with popped circuit breakers. The policy would affect aircraft manufacturers and modification providers. Comments are due by September 12.