Jonathon Vondracek, a commercial pilot and CFI, pled guilty on June 12 in U.S. District Court, Tampa, Fla., to falsifying his FAA airman medical application.
Provincial parliament committee hearings into Ontario’s air ambulance service, Ornge, will continue into the summer, thanks to a last-minute deal struck among Canada’s three major political parties. Progressive Conservatives had accused Ontario’s Liberal-led government of trying to stymie the ongoing probe into Ornge by the Select Committee on Public Accounts and threatened to retaliate by blocking Ornge’s $150 million annual government funding.
Argus Prism released what it claims is the first-ever flight-risk analysis tool (Frat) app for the iPad. The free app is intended to be integrated with a comprehensive safety management system (SMS). With the app, operators can access specifically designed flight-risk analysis report forms, allowing them to record risk factors, submit the Frat report and activate any required notifications for excess risk.
Westchester County, N.Y.-based business aviation charity Corporate Angel Network (CAN) logged a milestone last month when it transported its 40,000th cancer patient to treatment. The organization, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in December, provides patients with access to specialized treatment that would not otherwise be available. CAN’s staff and volunteers arrange free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to recognized cancer treatment centers throughout the U.S. by using the empty seats on corporate aircraft that are already flying to those destinations.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) will hold a raffle at its 2012 Air Charter Summit barbecue on June 12 to raise funds for the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) mission to support wounded combat veterans. VAC is a charitable organization that provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. NATA and VAC established a special fund last year–NATA Wings for Warriors–through which NATA members and friends can contribute to the organization.
Flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) recently completed the upgrade of its full-flight simulators for Dassault’s current models to include smoke-generation capability for use in its initial training curriculum.
Component Control, an MRO and logistics software developer, announced at EBACE that Corporate Flight Management (CFM) of Smyrna, Tennessee, has selected its Quantum Control software solution for its maintenance and repair operations. CFM operates 35 aircraft and offers aircraft charter, management and MRO services for both the private and commercial aviation markets.
Turbomeca subsidiary Microturbo has completed the initial flight tests of its new auxiliary power unit for the AgustaWestland AW189. In-flight start of the e-APU60 has been demonstrated already, and the test unit has also successfully restarted one of the helicopter’s main engines in flight. Meanwhile, the e-APU60’s certification program is progressing well, with approval slated for next May.
Hawker Beechcraft has added MedAire’s medical safety program to its SupportPlus maintenance and parts service plan for new Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft. Owners that sign up for SupportPlus will receive an additional four years of MedLink membership, recurrent training vouchers and annual refurbishment of their aircraft first-aid kits. This augments the current MedAire membership entitlement that HBC provides to new aircraft owners.
CAE’s Dassault Falcon 7X, 900EX/EASy and 2000EX/EASy flight simulators in the U.S., UK and UAE are all now equipped with smoke-generation capability, “providing a highly realistic pilot training experience for cockpit smoke emergencies.” The smoke-generation simulation is used during initial training in conjunction with crew oxygen masks and smoke goggles, which enable the pilots to see flight instruments as well as outside the cockpit for landing despite a smoke-filled cockpit. In addition, CAE provides training for the Dassault Emergency Vision Assurance System (Evas).