As Comair Flight 5191 accelerated down an unlit runway into the predawn darkness at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., last August 27, the captain–the nonflying pilot–called out “V one, rotate” followed by “whoa” and then an expletive.
Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn. has agreed to acquire Polish aircraft maker PZL Mielec, which will form the foundation of Sikorsky’s European operations. Sikorsky and the Polish government announced the contract during a ceremony in Warsaw on January 10.
Last month this column looked at safety management systems (SMS) and considered why the industry is embracing them. This month focus shifts to the key elements of such systems and their contribution to the industry’s livelihood.
Scottsdale Air Center (SAC) opened its doors for business on Scottsdale Airport in 2003 with the intention of providing a premier FBO for the upscale Arizona area’s residents and visitors. To make that possible, the company needed a maintenance facility.
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to owners of Airbus A300s; Dassault Falcon 20s, 50s, 200s and 900s; Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porters; and Eurocopter AS 350B3 and SA 315B helicopters.
While Eurocopter remains the leader in unit sales of civil helicopters, its competitors are honing their products. The company’s management team is well aware of the pressure, as one official recently expressed concern about new competing products from Western manufacturers.
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