The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for all Honeywell ALF502L-2C; ALF502R-3; ALF502R-3A; ALF502R-5; LF507-1F; and LF507-1H turbofans. The AD was prompted by two reports of engines experiencing uncontained release of low-pressure (LP) turbine blades. The AD requires operational checks of the engine overspeed trip system to prevent LP turbine overspeed, which could lead to uncontained release of the LP turbine blades and damage to the airplane.
Cleveland, Ohio-based Flight Options received its sixth consecutive Argus Platinum safety rating. The rating is the result of independent evaluations and a multi-day on-site audit that assesses candidates against industry best practices. Flight Options became the first fractional provider to receive the Platinum rating in 2002, and this year it is one of only two fractional providers to receive the rating. Out of the 2,159 Part 135 operators in the U.S., less than 5 percent currently hold the Argus Platinum rating.
A Daher-Socata TBM 850 with the new Elite interior is now on a demonstration tour in the UK and Ireland. The tour began following the turboprop single’s appearance at AeroExpo UK 2012, which ended Sunday at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire. As of late April, more than 266 TBM 850s had been delivered to customers. The combined TBM 700 and TBM 850 fleet now stands at 590 aircraft worldwide.
My relationship with rock and roll—which began when I was in grade school and watching American Bandstand in the 1950s—deepened in the next decade as the music and I hit our teenage years. I started collecting records, attending lots of concerts and eventually writing about popular music for magazines and newspapers. I loved the sounds of rock and—being a typically rebellious teenager—I also loved the attitude.
AINonline News Editor David Lombardo spoke with Ralph Acs, Learjet vice president and general manager, and discussed the launch of the new Learjet 70 and 75.
Henriksen Jet Center at Austin (Texas) Executive Airport has joined the Paragon Aviation Group, a network of “elite” independent FBOs. The facility is open 24 hours and features a theater room, VIP passenger lounge, atrium-style lobby and an 18,000-sq-ft arrival canopy. Austin Executive Airport, the newest business aviation airport in the U.S., is a 15-minute drive from downtown Austin.
On the eve of the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Shanghai, China, Embraer held a ceremony to celebrate the recent handover of a Legacy 650 to company brand ambassador and actor Jackie Chan, announced the delivery of Minsheng Financial Leasing’s first Legacy 650 and revealed its 10-year forecast for China. AIN sat down with Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards at ABACE to get more details.
The 2012 Embraer Legacy 650 will make its debut next week at the third International Exhibition and Conference on Civil Aviation (India Aviation) next week at Hyderabad Begumpet Airport. The updated business jet features refinements to its interior, an upgraded cabin management system and increased efficiency. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer will also have a Phenom 100 and 300 on static display at the Indian show.
The FAA has issued what could be an expensive tail-boom inspection airworthiness directive for the more than 100 Eurocopter EC130B4s in service in the U.S., most of them with air-tour operators. The AD mandates inspections for cracks in the region where the tail boom meets the fenestron assembly. If cracks are found the boom must be replaced at an estimated cost of $64,250 per helicopter.
Auburn University has selected Southeast Aerospace, of Melbourne, Fla., to develop an ADS-B STC for the Cessna 172S, which will also include an approved model list (AML) STC for ADS-B installations in a variety of similar aircraft models. The Auburn installation includes FreeFlight’s Rangr ADS-B out system, which is a 978 MHz UAT (universal access transceiver) solution. The system includes the FreeFlight FDL-978-TX Rangr UAT, TC-987 control head, RF decoder, 1201 GPS/Waas receiver, two L-band antennas and a GPS/Waas antenna.