Nominations are being accepted for the 2007 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during the seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, to be held from May 22 to 25. The award is intended to honor individuals, companies or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe.
Former HAI president Roy Resavage died last month after a long illness. He was 62. Resavage spent seven years at the helm of HAI, where he led the association through difficult financial times. He is credited with improving operational efficiency and the financial health of the association, as well as increasing attendance at Heli-Expo.
Beech King Air C90, Windsor Locks, Conn., June 23, 2006–The nonflying pilot’s improper procedure, resulting in his inadvertent retraction of the landing gear while the airplane was on the ground, was the cause of the accident, the NTSB concluded. The FAA King Air, N20, had landed and was doing a touch-and-go at Bradley International Airport when the nonflying pilot asked the pilot flying if he wanted flaps up.
Dassault recently received Transport Canada type certification for the Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 900DX and Falcon 2000. The approval follows several months of simulator and flight testing by Canadian authorities and allows these aircraft to be registered in Canada.
The FAA has bestowed its highest award, the Diamond Award for Maintenance Excellence, on Raytheon Aircraft Services Indianapolis. The Diamond Award is the FAA’s highest honor for training and recognizes professional technicians and their employer. A facility must have at least 25 percent of its employees participating in the FAA’s maintenance technician program.
Maintenance technicians at the Greenville, S.C. facility of Stevens Aviation brought home the gold–the FAA’s gold, that is. The FAA has again recognized the company for outstanding technical service. The FAA named Tim Kunkle 2004 Maintenance Technician of the Year, while Charles Jamison received the state’s 2004 Avionics Technician of the Year award.
The Life Flight Trust, operator of a Wellington, New Zealand-based Westpac Rescue BK 117B2, was named 2004 “Trust of the Year” at a recent awards dinner.
American Eurocopter opened its manufacturing, assembly and customization plant in Columbus, Miss., in October. The 85,500-sq-ft plant at Golden Triangle Regional Airport will employ a staff of 100 including technicians, manufacturing and support personnel.
The NTSB, which has long called for the FAA to require cockpit voice recorders on smaller turbine airplanes, is now calling for the installation of so-called “video image recorders.” Such recorders obtain not only audio information like that from CVRs and event data like that from FDRs, but also information about the environment outside the cockpit window.