Avjet has been offering aircraft sales, acquisition, charter, management services and oversight of completion and refurbishment projects since 1979. Headquartered in Burbank, Calif., the company maintains a presence in Washington D.C., Seoul; Abu Dhabi; Moscow; Tokyo; and other locations around the world. Avjet also owns and operates an FBO in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Passage of long-delayed FAA reauthorization legislation appeared imminent after U.S. House and Senate negotiators compromised January 31 on a four-year, $63 billion bill to fund the agency through Fiscal Year 2015.
A House and Senate conference committee compromised late Tuesday on a four-year FAA reauthorization bill that could reach a floor vote in both chambers as early as next week, beating yet another extension deadline set for February 17. The agency has been operating under short-term extensions since the last long-term multi-year reauthorization expired in late 2007. General aviation associations said they are studying the 375-page bill, which would fund the FAA through Fiscal Year 2015 at a total cost of $63 billion.
A surge in pilots requesting RVSM flight levels or operating in RVSM airspace (FL290 to FL410) without the required authorization prompted the FAA to issue Information for Operators (InFO) 12001, which emphasizes flight-planning responsibilities when conducting these operations. “In the first 15 days of November, 35 IFR operations were filed incorrectly,” the FAA said in the document.
European aerospace research organizations are close to completing a study of a personal air transportation concept that could be realized in 2030 to 2050, in which passengers would use small pilotless aircraft to fill the gaps in the scheduled air transport network. Under the PPlane concept, a passenger or small group of passengers would book a flight with an aircraft operator. Teams of “pilots” on the ground would take care of a group of automated aircraft.
Yesterday the FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (2012-02-51) that mandates the immediate replacement of main rotor blades on 697 Bell 206L, L-1, L-3 and L-4 helicopters after 1,400 hours, as opposed to the current 3,600-hour time in service limit, due to concerns about fatigue cracking. Special flight permits are prohibited under this EAD, effectively grounding hundreds of helicopters.
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a campaign to educate those operating to and from the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer about the airspace restrictions to be imposed and how to handle them. Major restrictions will be in place centered over London and the Olympic Park from July 14 to August 15, with lesser restrictions for the Paralympic Games from August 16 to September 12.
Low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines continued its public criticism of new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) passenger-protection rules, drawing a rebuke from a U.S. senator. The airline also faced a new fine from the DOT over its handling of complaints lodged by passengers with disabilities.
The AgustaWestland AW119 Koala and variants of the Eurocopter EC155 are the latest helicopters to be added to the list of aircraft for which Tanis Aircraft Products offers preheat systems. Bob Krueger, the company’s president, told AIN, “We’ve been doing preheat systems for general aviation since 1974 and about 20 years ago added the helicopter products. At this point we have about 50 different preheat configurations for various helicopters.”
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for all Agusta A109S and AW109SP helicopters. A fatigue crack found in the left elevator assembly along the riveting of the upper skin to the fourth rib on an Agusta A109S prompted the AD. The airworthiness directive requirements are designed to detect a crack that could lead to a failure of the elevator, reduced maneuverability of the helicopter, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.