Technical terminology

May 9, 2008 - 6:54am

Once again, an emergency AD (No. 2002-23-51) has mandated no further flight of the roughly 360 Bell 407 helicopters currently in service. The November 13 AD was prompted by two reported failures of the stud from a swashplate drivelink assembly. One or both swashplate drivelink cup washers may have been installed incorrectly.

May 8, 2008 - 5:23am

Phoenix-based Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) has been named the standard TCAS supplier for Dassault’s in-development Falcon 7X, a 5,700-nm trijet, which the French firm plans to fly for the first time in 2005. Owned jointly by L-3 Communications of New York and Thales of Paris, ACSS builds a number of surveillance products that Honeywell was forced to divest after its merger with AlliedSignal.

May 6, 2008 - 12:10pm

BELL 47G4, NEAR GRAND LAKE, LA., JUNE 23, 2002–The pilot of the Bell 47G4 and one passenger received minor injuries while a second passenger escaped unharmed when the aircraft (N62446) hit terrain while maneuvering near Grand Lake at 11:55 a.m. The helicopter, registered to and operated by Deep South Helicopters of Jennings, La., was being operated under Part 91, and no flight plan was filed.

May 6, 2008 - 12:00pm

BELL 206BII, NEAR NHULUNBUY, AUSTRALIA, JUNE 5, 2002–About 4 p.m. Bell 206BII VH-PHA, operated by Laynhapuy Homelands Association of Nhulunbuy (Gove), Northern Territories, crashed while on an aerial survey mission about 87 nm southwest of Nhulunbuy. Four of the five people on board were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed.

May 6, 2008 - 5:46am

Largely obscured by the preoccupation with new security directives inspired by September 11, the debate over the FAA’s now binding interpretation of a long-standing pilot duty-time rule appears to have run its course. In fact, traffic declines have rendered the issue moot at major airlines, where pilot furloughs have left many longing for the days when duty times approached the 16-hr limit set by the FAA.

April 28, 2008 - 11:41am

Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace announced last month its 400NXT Beechjet retrofit and modernization program and Pro Line 21 cockpit upgrade for Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs.

April 16, 2008 - 10:49am

Statistically, if you want to avoid aircraft accidents, stay away from airports. Fortunately, at least for the runway-incursion portion of the problem, there’s a more practical option on the horizon from Amphitech International. 

February 18, 2008 - 11:46am

HeliFlite Shares and Sentient Jet on February 12 announced they have partnered to make seats on the aircraft they operate available to members of one another’s programs. Under the agreement, HeliFlite clients can fly on Sentient Jet’s airplanes while Sentient members gain access to quick, convenient helicopter flights to most local airports in the Northeast.

February 6, 2008 - 5:15am

Magnetic interference was responsible for “significant navigation problems” a NetJets Hawker 800XP experienced on takeoff from London City Airport (LCY) 15 months ago, according to a UK AAIB report released last month.

February 6, 2008 - 5:15am

Magnetic interference was responsible for “significant navigation problems” a NetJets Hawker 800XP experienced on takeoff from London City Airport (LCY) 15 months ago, according to a UK AAIB report released last month.

 
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