The Transportation Security Administration has partnered with AOPA to set up a nationwide airport-watch system. Key to the system is a 24/7 toll-free hotline for private pilots to report suspicious activity to the TSA. The hotline, which became effective in late November, is (866) 427-3287. Calls to the hotline go to the National Response Center, which already fields emergency calls for 19 other federal agencies.
Southern California-based Avionics Innovations plans to introduce a Sirius Satellite Radio receiver system for aircraft, similar to the product it is designing for rival service provider XM Satellite Radio. The Sirius-based AI-SSR receiver unit will include seek tuning and preset memory and access to 100 channels of digital music, news and entertainment programming.
Boeing 737s, including the derivative BBJ, have been hit by another emergency AD affecting the twinjet’s fuel pumps. The latest directive (AD 2002-24-51) results from overheating pumps and requires affected aircraft to continue to carry the same minimum fuel quantities as required by the September 30 emergency AD dealing with chafed pump wiring.
Owners and operators of all U.S.-registered Agusta A109E Power helicopters are being required to reduce their tail-rotor blade life limit, as well as reinserting and possibly modifying the tail-rotor hub and grip assembly. Also, Vne for the A109E must be reduced by 28 kt to 140 kt.
Swiss-based simulation specialist Elite is now offering a helicopter flight-training device (FTD). Elite exhibited the S623, based on the Eurocopter AS 350, for the first time at the Heli Trade show in Geneva.
It’s a good bet that you’ve seen Al Cerullo’s work, even if you don’t recognize his name. In fact, if you’ve ever watched movies, television shows, commercials or music videos, it’s a certainty that you’ve viewed aerial footage taken from a helicopter Cerullo was piloting.
On October 16, Encore FBO’s Frederick, Md. FBO opened its doors to more than 300 students, faculty and parents from high schools in Maryland and nearby states for its second annual Aviation Education Expo. Sponsored by Encore FBO, Avemco Insurance and AOPA, the expo introduced students to opportunities in a variety of aviation segments.
If you liked One Six Right, the documentary about Van Nuys Airport with awesome flying sequences set to inspiring music, you’ll enjoy the new companion DVD, One Six Left. A 45-minute compilation of special features, One Six Left includes footage that there wasn’t room for in the original film and plenty of additional material for the aviation geek in all of us.
A mockup of Gulfstream’s new GV-SP will debut at the NBAA Convention later this month in New Orleans. The mockup, being built by McKinney Aerospace in McKinney, Texas, will feature a complete interior and cockpit, including the Honeywell PlaneView avionics suite. The GV-SP test aircraft rolled out August 8, with the start of flight tests scheduled in the fourth quarter. U.S.
Air BP is offering a new handbook, Introduction to Aviation Fuels Handling, to FBOs and line personnel. The handbook offers new line personnel an overview of the airport-fueling environment, according to author Mike Mooney. The handbook reviews many aspects of the aviation business and cites real-life examples to show
the consequences of errors in the airport environment.