The NTSB this morning dispatched a go team that includes chairman Deborah Hersman to Alaska to investigate last night's crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Otter turboprop single, which was carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and former NASA administrator and current EADS North America chairman Sean O'Keefe, among others.
The FAA proposed on March 19 to assess a $75,000 civil penalty against Stevens Aviation, the Greenville, S.C. aircraft service company, for alleged violations of hazardous-material regulations. The agency alleges that in December 2000 the company prepared five shipments by FedEx, each consisting of a fuel control unit containing residual fuel, that were not packaged, marked or documented as required.
Stevens Aviation has acquired a leasehold on an existing 25,000-sq-ft hangar at Jefferson County Airport (BJC, aka Jeffco) outside Denver. The maintenance operation, which previously was limited to its 10,000-sq-ft shop, is in the process of hiring 10 more mechanics to expand its maintenance role at Jeffco.
Rosen Aviation said it has received FAA approval for 25 cabin entertainment system components. Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) was obtained for products relating to display systems, the RosenView LX moving map, a single-disc DVD player, various connector kits, arm mounts and harnesses.
Stevens Aviation approached the Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) Airport Authority with a proposal to “significantly” upgrade the company’s existing facility and continue expanding its business. GSP and the Greenville, S.C. area have been Stevens’ home base since the company began a nationwide expansion in the 1960s.
As an added revenue source, Stevens Aviation in Greenville, S.C., plans to officially launch its Heritage Program at the NBAA Convention this fall.
The program, said Randy Znamenak, v-p of sales and marketing, will target “undervalued corporate jets and turboprop aircraft” to be purchased and upgraded by Stevens for resale. “We’re currently looking at some Cessna and Raytheon products that have great upside potential.