ETS is still in full force for all flights between airports in the 27 European Union states, and also in the so-called European Economic Area (also including Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) as well as Switzerland and Croatia. The European Commission has made it clear that non-European operators will still be required to complete the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) process for carbon dioxide emissions from intra-European flights. They will also be required to submit carbon credits covering these emissions. Legal opinion seems to be in agreement that the new U.S.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), a global organization dedicated to reducing the civil helicopter accident rate, has added Robinson Helicopter president Kurt Robinson to its executive committee. He is a commercial helicopter pilot and he holds an MBA and a law degree from the University of San Diego.
Early in December, Eurocopter and the EASA published an additional emergency service bulletin and accompanying emergency AD. All AS350/AS355 Ecureuil (AStar and TwinStar) models are affected. Although no evidence of laminated half-bearing deterioration has been found on pre-B3e models, inspections are mandated. However, as the inspection interval is 10 hours, the AD will probably cause less inconvenience than those affecting the B3e.
The “high level group” formed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to develop a global agreement on reducing carbon emissions from the air transport industry convened for the first time on December 12. The group aims to draft a plan for adoption at the next ICAO Council, scheduled for September and October 2013.
Following three in-flight fires on transport aircraft over the past six years, two of which cost four pilots their lives, the NTSB recommended last week that the FAA improve fire-protection regulations. “These recommendations involve improving early detection of fires originating within cargo containers and pallets,” the Board said in its letter to the FAA.
AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has introduced a new chrome-free pre-treatment to simplify the aircraft maintenance process.
Under the brand name Metaflex SP 1050, the pre-treatments can be applied over several metals and composites. According to the European company’s Waukegan, Ill. center, Metaflex SP 1050 brings time- and cost-saving benefits to the paint shop, and reduces VOC emissions by as much as 75 percent.
Another new product is the Alumigrip base coat and Alumigrip clear coat technology, which AkzoNobel claims will reduce cycle time by up to 40 percent.
Pascal Chrétien, the designer and pilot of an electric rotorcraft that flew in 2011, is forming a company that aims to offer hybrid power for aircraft, notably helicopters. The patented technology is called Tetraero, and according to its promoters its main benefit would be in safety.
Avincis is the new name for World Helicopters, a firm that combined the Bond Aviation Group with Inaer when it took over the former last spring. The group, owned by KKR and Investindustrial, operates 400 aircraft, 350 of them helicopters.
Canadian air navigation service provider (ANSP) Nav Canada and Iridium Communications signed a joint venture agreement that will eventually give Nav Canada a controlling interest in the Aireon global, satellite-based aircraft surveillance system.
President Barack Obama closed the legislative loop on U.S. refusal to comply with the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) on November 27, when he signed S.1956, legislation that orders the Secretary of Transportation to prohibit U.S. aircraft operators from participating in the carbon tax plan. The legislation also calls for the government “to conduct international negotiations to pursue a worldwide approach to address aircraft emissions.”