The U.S. Navy is shifting its developmental fleet of unmanned MQ-4C Tritons across the country to introduce mission systems and continue flight- testing the new maritime surveillance aircraft. The first of three Triton system development test articles (SDTA) arrived recently at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.; the other two will follow by the end of October.
APFT Maintenance Training aviation school and Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) have signed a contract for the training of aviation technicians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The program begins in January, and the companies estimate that in five years they will train 400 students from APFT as EASA-qualified aircraft mechanics.
AIM Aviation, a UK-based designer of custom cabin interiors, has acquired Altitude Aerospace Interiors from Air New Zealand. Altitude Aerospace Interiors is a designer of custom cabin interiors, and its proximity to the Far East and Australasian markets complements AIM’s presence in Europe, the Middle East and North America. AIM and Altitude cover the entire cabin interior, from the cockpit to the rear pressure bulkhead, offering monuments and bar units, lounges, seat modules, galleys and stowages.
Controversy continues to swirl in India over whether excessive spending by Air India on a fleet acquisition order in 2006 has led to its present financial difficulties. The clamor follows a book by former Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai titled The Diary of the Nation’s Conscience Keeper-Not Just an Accountant. The CAG acts as an independent authority established by the constitution of India to audit the expenditures of the government of India and its corporations.
NetJets announced today that it has been granted its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and can begin charter operations within the country, making it the first international aircraft operator to earn that distinction.
Airbus Group (née EADS) and Reno, Nev.-based supersonic business jet (SSBJ) developer Aerion announced a partnership agreement yesterday to collaborate on “technologies associated with the future of high-performance flight.” Under the agreement, the companies will exchange knowledge and capabilities in aircraft design, manufacturing and certification. In May, Aerion unveiled plans for the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 trijet.
Approximately 300 pilots and other employees of NetJets took to the picket lines yesterday in a three-pronged “informational” protest outside the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters and at its bases at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and California’s John Wayne Orange County Airport.
Aeroflot on Tuesday welcomed the first non-Russian pilot to join Russia’s flag carrier. Klaus Rohlfs, a German citizen, expects to make his maiden flight as an Aeroflot captain from Moscow to Prague on Wednesday.
The FAA released an updated advisory circular AC 91-79A last week to help pilots and aircraft operators more easily identify, understand and mitigate the risks of runway overruns. The AC was also developed to assist operators in creating their own standard operating procedures (SOPs) to help reduce those risks.
Runway overruns account for approximately 10 incident or accidents annually, many resulting in fatalities, according to the agency.
The NTSB will hold a free one-day forum to review current technological advancements to flight data recorders and aircraft locators. The preliminary agenda for the meeting, called “Emerging Flight Data and Locator Technology,” was posted last week. The session will focus on equipment in use while also exploring new technologies in development and determining what issues relating to policy, industry standards and technical limitations need to be addressed.