Hourly-cost maintenance provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) was selected by Canadian Helicopter operator Blackcomb Aviation to provide coverage for the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2plus engines on the company’s Airbus Helicopters EC135T2e. The premium service selected by Blackcomb covers the powerplants’ scheduled and unscheduled events as well as life-limited components.
CRS Jet Spares named Don Gallisath north central sales manager. The region includes 11 states and stretches from Missouri to Manitoba, Canada. Gallisath has more than 25 years’ experience providing product support to corporate aviation operations and maintenance facilities in the North Central Region of the U.S. He spent more than 20 years at Raytheon Aircraft Services in various sales and managerial roles during his time with the airframe OEM in aftermarket support.
AAR has secured multiple contracts for work to be done at its newest maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Lake Charles, La. These contracts, including agreements with two major U.S. carriers, represent a milestone for the repair station, which began operations at this location a year ago. With these commitments, AAR’s Lake Charles MRO has begun supporting a customer mix of major U.S. carriers, leasing institutions and private operators covering widebodies such as the Airbus A330 and A340 and Boeing 767 and 777.
Slovenia’s Adria Airways has seen a 20-percent decline in traffic on its Ljubljana-Moscow route due largely to the geopolitical upheaval in Eastern Europe. Now flying a pair of Airbus A319s, a single A320, six Bombardier CRJ900s and two CRJ200s, the airline expects a 10-percent increase in passenger traffic this year throughout its network. Unfortunately for CEO Mark Anzur, the airline’s only route into Russia has seen a precipitous decline since soon after the annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
Among manufacturers of turbofans for business aircraft, Williams retains the number-one slot in product support but is not alone at the top this year, sharing the honors with Rolls-Royce, which moves up from the number-three slot it held last year.
One of the things we talk about in the Current Topics in Aviation course I co-teach at Vaughn College of Aeronautics is how to report safety issues without being labeled a whistleblower or, worse, being fired. It’s an important issue for anyone entering a field where safety is so important and the “penalties” for being labeled a whistleblower can be high. Even the federal Whistleblower Protection Act covers only a small segment of the industry: airlines and their contractors. Some states might also have some protections for workers.
It could have happened to any two professional pilots flying a nonprecision approach, in darkness, into weather that turned out to be worse than they expected after a night of back-side-of-the-clock flying. But the NTSB’s September 9 hearing into the Aug. 14, 2013 crash of UPS Flight 1354, an Airbus A300-600, on approach to Birmingham, Ala. (BHM), proved that even crews flying heavy jets can lose situational awareness and get just as far behind on nonprecision approach as King Air crews, especially when a handful of other factors also come into play.
The issue of FAA delays in approving letters of authorization (LOAs) for operations such as RVSM continues to fester. At this month’s NBAA Convention, the FAA’s Roger Sultan will join attorney David Norton of Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton to help pilots and aircraft operators understand the LOA process, learn how recent changes might accelerate LOA approvals and give feedback about their experiences obtaining LOAs.
The rewrite of the EASA’s CS-23 and the FAA’ s Part 23 rules (known as the “CS/Part 23 Reorganization” initiative) is taking shape, and at a workshop last month in Brussels European authorities expressed unconditional support for the effort. Manufacturers of light aircraft (up to 12,500 pounds) are propelling this effort to establish more practical rules.
Aerion’s long-awaited AS2 supersonic business jet (SSBJ) program received a major boost last month when Airbus signed up for a partnership involving an exchange of knowledge and capabilities in design, manufacturing and certification. According to Aerion, the collaboration will support the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 through to certification. Although the industrialization plan for the new jet has still to be confirmed, the Reno, Nev.-based group said that this will happen “over the course of the next year” and confirmed that it is no longer searching for a manufacturing partner.