As of the middle of May, the FAA had yet to determine if it will renew its mandatory VFR helicopter route along the north shore of New York’s Long Island. The controversial North Shore Route was established for voluntary compliance in 2008 as a response to residential noise complaints and political prodding from elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y), who pressed then Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the FAA to make it mandatory.
Hourly-cost maintenance provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) launched a new check-to-check airframe maintenance program this week at EBACE. Coverage is available for a range of business jets, including all Falcons, Globals and Challengers; the Citation Sovereign+; and the G450 and G550. It enhances the company’s standard airframe product by adding customizable contract terms to provide coverage through the remaining length of the next major scheduled airframe inspection. The program’s coverage is transferable.
Airborne medical specialist MedAire (Booth 6543) has released a new series of improved airborne medical kits that were developed by the company’s medical products review board. The latest kits draw on the experience from more than 100,000 inflight medical events. The new range was created with ease-of-access and ease-of-use as key features for both crew and passengers.
A new 30,000-sq-ft composite processing and repair center will be developed within StandardAero Components’ existing 250,000-sq-ft MRO facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is intended to meet the growing market demand for the development of new composite repairs for aircraft and ground-based engine hardware and aircraft structures.
JetSeat is offering drug-and-alcohol testing programs for FAR Part 145 repair stations worldwide. FAA Part 91, 135 and 145 operators are required to implement and administer drug-and-alcohol testing programs that include written policy; drug-and-alcohol testing; supervisor and employee training for all safety-sensitive positions; and a continuing drug-and-alcohol abuse prevention program.
Argus added an aviation fatigue meter, a “proprietary algorithm and system that translates raw user data into actionable fatigue information” developed by Pulsar Informatics, into its Prism Armor safety management system (SMS) software. Argus said that users will be able to monitor and analyze crew fatigue more accurately and make more informed decisions.
NBAA will offer a free webinar on managing weather risks on April 29 at 1 p.m. EST. The one-hour webinar is sponsored by Jeppesen and will give pilots, dispatchers and schedulers the opportunity to examine how disruptive weather might raise the risk for a flight crew. Participants can register right up to the start time of the seminar. Jeppesen’s Mike Centinich will present the session.
Corporate Angel Network, the 33-year-old organization that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients in empty seats of corporate aircraft, transported its 45,000th patient this morning. The milestone flight, operated by Bank of New York/Mellon Bank, carried 22-year-old patient Todd Blake and his mother home to Central Florida after he received treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Columbia University in New York City.
An Airbus Helicopters AS350 emergency medical aircraft crashed on the roof of the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque seconds after liftoff on April 9. The helicopter, operated by Petroleum Helicopters International, had just dropped off a patient. It failed to clear the hospital’s roof as it attempted to lift off. A fire broke out shortly after the helicopter rolled over, but was quickly extinguished by the hospital’s roof sprinkler system. Of the three people aboard, only the pilot sustained minor injuries.