Operators of about 1,100 Honeywell TFE731-2, -3 and -4 engines have until December 31 next year to replace fan rotor discs with improved ones under a new Airworthiness Directive (2001-23-09). The AD supersedes two previous directives that required the removal of certain older discs and established life limits on that disc series. Estimated cost for parts is $20,400 per engine.
A voice-capable, three-frequency ELT made by the UK’s HT Smith Group is now being marketed in North America by Winslow Life Raft of Lake Suzy, Fla. The 1.3-lb ELT has two-way voice transmission capability on 121 MHz and 243 MHz. The $2,975 unit also sends distress signals on 406 MHz.
Although already rated as “the best handling service in the world,” Universal Aviation (Booth No. 347) wants to make sure its customers are not keeping the secret to themselves. Accordingly, the division of Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth No. 337) is here at EBACE to give away a year’s worth of ground support at any of its worldwide locations to the winner of a drawing on Thursday morning.
NBAA president Ed Bolen, left, peeked in on Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier yesterday as he sat behind the controls of the Minnesota lightplane maker’s single-engine compact business jet, being shown here for the first time at EBACE in full-scale mockup form. Klapmeier’s new jet is an example of a growing crop of very light business and personal jets that are serving as the impetus for a recently announced show to be hosted by NBAA.
South Florida operators wanting a louder voice in regional aviation matters are invited to form a local business aviation association. Interested parties should contact Harry Houckes, NBAA southeast regional representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss scheduling an organizational meeting.
Four incidents of Citation VII main gear collapses during landing have prompted a proposed AD calling for operators to check for a possible wrong part. If the AD is adopted, the FAA would give affected operators six months to conduct a one-time inspection of the side-brace mechanism to detect the incorrect part. A mechanism found with the incorrect part number would have to be replaced with the correct part.
Bryan Moss, 61, who planned to retire this month after six years as Gulfstream vice chairman, will be staying for a little while longer. Gulfstream president Bill Boisture asked Moss to postpone his retirement plans, announced earlier this year, and remain vice chairman indefinitely. A Gulfstream spokesman said Moss’ staying has “no connection” with the surprise resignation of senior v-p of worldwide sales Joe Walker.
Baker Electronics has introduced a miniature multi-region DVD player that measures 2.5 in. high, 7.25 in. wide and 8 in. deep. Multi-region means that the unit can play DVDs from all parts of the world, as well as audio CDs, video CDs, so-called super video CDs and MP3 CDs. Dubbed the Mini-MRDVD-DB, the unit has been “ruggedized” for durability in aircraft cabins, according to Baker.
A Washington Airports Task Force (WATF) survey last November showed that 90 percent of residents living close to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) are regular air travelers and 87 percent considered the airport to be a neighborhood asset. In its August newsletter, the non-profit, pro-aviation coalition contrasted its efforts with those of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) in Texas.
Helicopters have traditionally gotten short shrift in the movies. Either they are blowing up and then burning (or blowing up and burning simultaneously) or serving the interests of the bad guys.