When Paul Fulchino became Aviall’s chairman, president and CEO in December 1999, annual sales for the 70-year-old Dallas parts distributor were growing at a predictable and respectable rate. Back then, end-of-year sales totaled $371.9 million, with net earnings of $9.7 million.
Comments are due tomorrow on a request for public input to help federal agencies decide if there is a need to continue to operate or invest in the loran-C radio navigation system beyond FY 2007 (which ends September 30). While the current loran-C system is based on technology developed in the 1960s, some of the stations have been updated to allow for an enhanced signal (eLoran).
A group of airports, local governments and residents has requested that Congress order the complete phase-out of all Stage 1 and Stage 2 aircraft regardless of weight. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has submitted such legislation.
April 16 is the comment deadline for two FAA proposals. The agency wants to amend digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit “filtering” of signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded.
The FAA will transition to e-mail distribution of ADs and special airworthiness information bulletins (SAIBs) and eliminate mailed paper versions. Starting next month, interested parties will be able to sign up on the FAA’s RGL Web site (http://rgl.faa.gov/) to receive ADs and SAIBs via e-mail. The agency plans to phase out paper copies by July.
Aircraft Shopper Online (www.aso.com) introduced a feature last month that lets buyers search by region for aircraft listed for sale. In addition to the Americas, regions are provided in Europe, Asia, Australia, Oceana and Africa. Specific locations within these regions can be selected. To further narrow down the search area, users can click on a search radius within each location selected.
Word that operators of nearly 600 U.S.-registered business jets failed to comply with an FAA mandate calling for installation of emergency locator transmitters (ELT) by January 1 this year could not have sat well with FAA officials in Washington.
Only time will tell if Eclipse Aviation’s decision to sever ties with Avidyne and bring in a new team of avionics suppliers for the Eclipse 500 will satisfy buyers, but an early glimpse of what’s coming to the VLJ’s front office looks promising.
Trajen Flight Support at Tucson International Airport (TUS), Ariz., became an Air BP dealer last October, and this month it plans to complete a major expansion project. The new terminal/hangar complex will add a total of some 12,000 sq ft to the FBO.
Two UK-based specialists in the noise-reduction field are developing new technology that promises a substantial decrease in cabin noise. Developed by Ultra Electronics of Cambridge and QinetiQ of Farnborough, it is based on a hybrid system of trim panel mounts that incorporate both active and passive noise-reduction elements. The system