Effective yesterday, the FAA officially amended the regulations governing extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) of turbine-powered airplanes operated by airlines and on-demand charter passenger-carrying operations.
The final rule on extended operations (ETOPS) remains mandatory starting on August 13. The new rule applies to all multiengine turbine aircraft operated under Part 135 when flown more than 180 minutes flying time at one-engine-inoperative cruise speed from airports meeting Part 135 requirements. The rule will limit the one-engine-inoperative cruise speed flight time to 240 minutes from an adequate airport.
Early last month Midway Phoenix, a subsidiary of Phoenix Air Group of Cartersville, Ga., and the U.S.
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) received FAA type certification on October 28. The approval came just over three years after the large-cabin bizjet was certified by Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and clears the way for deliveries in the U.S.
The operations committee of Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) is pushing to get its JAR OPS 2 and 4 operating requirements adopted before the JAA is replaced by the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The EASA will assume the JAA’s aircraft certification responsibilities next September.
At the 60th anniversary of the pivotal naval battle that saved it from Japanese occupation, Midway Island is again fighting for its life–at least its economic life as a viable destination airport (MDY). According to Midway Phoenix, the company that operated the airport under contract from 1996 until last May 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now keeping the field open only for its own support.
Midway Phoenix of Cartersville, Ga., operates Midway Island Airport (MDY), some 1,200 mi northwest of Honolulu. Early last month Midway Phoenix informed its 150 employees that it would cease passenger operations to the island’s ecotourist resort and cancel its contract with Aloha Airlines, following a departing flight on March 2.
ATR announced regional turboprop orders from two South Pacific operators here yesterday. Air Tahiti has bought an ATR 72-500, valued at about $18 million. The 66-seater will operate under ETOPS-120 rules. Air Tahiti CEO Mate Galenon said the airline is now able to serve more islands, such as Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, which the airline could until now reach only with its smaller ATR 42s.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has asked the FAA to delay for at least six months the February 2008 compliance deadline for proposed new Part 135 extended-range operations and establish a working group to develop guidance on a proposed Advisory Circular.
Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Long Beach, Calif. site vice president and general manager, Pat McKenna, told ERA attendees that two prospective customers could sign deals for 10 to 15 Boeing 717s, and another pair of airlines could commit to “two or three” each before the end of the year.