Last May, Aviation Partners issued Service Bulletin SBH-13-001 limiting winglet-equipped 800-series Hawkers to a maximum permissible altitude of 34,000 feet. The result of reported vibrations and aileron/wing oscillations, the SB prompted the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Directive calling for operators to comply with the service bulletin within 45 days.
Ikhana Aircraft Services delivered a DHC-6-200HG Twin Otter with Ikhana’s RWMI DHC-6-200HG increased gross weight STC to G-Sky Aviation. The DHC-6-200HG is an FAA- and Transport Canada-approved STC that allows the aircraft to operate at 12,500 pounds. “We expect that our RWMI DHC-6-200HG will be a key asset for G-Sky,” said Ikhana president and CEO John Zublin.
Lufthansa Technik is seeking and training new technicians. Recently 137 students began either traditional or dual-study training programs at Lufthansa Technik Group sites in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Alzey, Munich and Arnstadt. The new class brings to 668 the total number of young people at Lufthansa Technik on their way to professions in technical aircraft services.
StandardAero has appointed Leo Mendoza as regional sales leader for its Latin American airline and fleet business. Mendoza’s appointment complements the company’s objective to expand its business footprint and overall investment in the Latin American region. Mendoza’s background includes sales management with Pratt & Whitney and, most recently, MTU in Vancouver, Canada, where he led teams of technicians and buyers for a South American state-run air carrier.
Beechcraft said that it accomplished the first flight of a production AT-6 light attack aircraft in Wichita on Tuesday. The first flight of an AT-6 production representative test vehicle occurred in September 2009.
Cessna Aircraft has completed the first fuselage for its midsize Citation Latitude, the Wichita-based company announced on Thursday. FAA certification and entry into service of the Latitude is scheduled for mid-2015.
The initial fuselage is now being used as a static-test article, while a second Latitude test article will soon be used for structural trials. According to Cessna, the third fuselage built will be for the flying Latitude prototype, which is expected to be powered on later this year and fly early next year.
Business aircraft support services firm Euro Jet Intercontinental has added locations in Turkey, expanding its presence in this country. The expansion, facilitated via a partnership with Bee Jet, includes all major Turkish airports–Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen in Istanbul; Ankara; Izmir; and Adana. Euro Jet Turkey includes the same service provided at the company’s more than 200 locations throughout Europe and Asia. This includes on-ground Euro Jet agents, crew lounges, ramp cars, supervised catering, discounted hotel rooms and the coordination of fueling and permits.
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS) received TSA approval to fly passengers directly from its Pier 7 Heliport in Baltimore to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). This makes Pier 7 the first heliport in the U.S. to receive such approval as a gateway airport under the TSA’s Fixed Base Operator Standard Security Program, allowing pre-cleared helicopters to land at the heliport and be screened for access to DCA.
NBAA said the FAA “responded quickly” to its concern about restrictive disclaimers that technically made it not legal to use notices to airmen (Notams) and other aeronautical information from some government websites. “The current language has not only warned visitors that the sites are not considered official sources,” NBAA said, “but also raised concerns that third-party sources used by pilots to retrieve Notams might not be considered Part 91 compliant.” The FAA said the disclaimers will be modified this week to legally allow the use of the information found on these websites.
Jet Aviation Flight Services has added its first Gulfstream G650 to its Part 135 certificate. The wide-cabin, ultra-long-range twinjet, which is available for charter, is being managed by Jet Aviation’s Van Nuys office. The charter G650 accommodates up to 13 passengers and has a range of up to 7,000 nm. This is the second known G650 to be added to the fleet at a U.S.