Nordam has signed a five-year agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways to repair and overhaul the airline’s Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine thrust reversers and pivot doors. The company teamed with the airline to develop the repair capabilities and completed the first units last December.
The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the landing accident involving a Gulfstream IV at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on Dec.
A Falcon 900 (N699BG) owned and operated by Erg Aviation II overran Runway 1 during landing at Greenville Downtown Airport, S.C., on July 17, but was stopped by the Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS), preventing possible injuries and damage. The pilot told the NTSB that during the approach the anti-skid system had to be tested twice to produce the correct indication.
After nearly six years of development plagued by delays caused mostly by technical problems, Stage III Technologies of La Jolla, Calif., late last month said it expected to receive certification of its GII and GIII hush kit/thrust reverser combination by the middle of this month. To date, the only certified hush kit for these aircraft is available from Quiet Technology Aerospace.
Until Bombardier develops a fix and it is FAA approved, operators of about 255 U.S.-registered Learjet 23s through 25s will be required to disable the thrust reversers. In a proposed AD, the FAA says it has two reports of the reverser accumulators failing, which also caused loss of hydraulic power. The failures were caused by fatigue cracking, according to the agency.
Quiet Technology Aerospace (QTA) continues to install Gulfstream II and III Stage 3 hush kits at the rate of about one per month since being certified. The Opa Locka, Fla., company received an STC for the hush kit in January 2003 and expected to deliver its 20th completed aircraft last month.
Stage III Technologies of La Jolla, Calif., last monthreceived final FAA certification of its FAR Part 36 Stage 3 noise kit/thrust reverser for the Gulfstream II/III. Thecompany, which claims its hush kit reduces overall noise to the 70- to 73-dBA level (depending on aircraft model), is seeking orders for installations to begin this summer. The first four kits are priced at $1.5 million.
After some six years of development, Stage III Technologies is ready to start installing its FAR Part 36 Stage 3 combined hush kit/thrust reverser for the Gulfstream II, IIB and III. The La Jolla, Calif.-based company received FAA certification of the hush kit in November and an STC for the complete hush kit/reverser system in mid-May.
The FAA has decided to create a new rule to mandate a 15-percent runway landing safety margin for commercial operators instead of trying to impose the requirement via a policy letter and changes to operations specifications. The rule will likely affect Part 91 (Subpart K fractional operations), 135 and 121 operators.
Aircelle has expanded its global maintenance network into the U.S. through an agreement with Shreveport, La.-based ExpressJet Services. The pairing calls for ExpressJet to repair engine thrust reversers on Legacy 600 business jets and Embraer ERJ-135/145 and 170 regional airliners