Among those involved in search- and-rescue operations at the World Trade Center after September 11 were several dogs and their handlers. Although corporate pilot Roseanne Perini was not available for the rescue efforts at the WTC disaster site because she was with her New York-based Gulfstream IV, she has been a search-and-rescue dog handler since 1998.
CMC is “still soldiering on,” in the words of founder and CEO Ian Chichester-Miles, but his long search for funding has yet to bear fruit. “My impression is that there is a lot of money available,” Chichester-Miles told AIN. “In our negotiations with financiers, we have not found that people are unwilling to make long-term loans, but the ‘terms of engagement’ offered are quite difficult.
As of June 23, air carriers have begun using unique carrier codes when electronically transmitting advance passenger information system data to Customs & Border Protection. The change is required by new Security Directives and Emergency Amendments that require carriers to electronically send a master crew list and crew manifest data to the TSA. NBAA’s online APIS submission service has been modified to require an APIS carrier code.
Effective April 13, Part 135 operators are now required to use dedicated air-carrier codes when electronically transmitting advance passenger information system (APIS) data to the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency. NBAA said its APIS submission service has been modified to allow for the use of APIS carrier codes. If an operator has an IATA code, that code must be used.
Marking the company’s third consecutive Sikorsky S-92 purchase in five months, VIH Aviation Group, based in Victoria, British Columbia, yesterday signed for the sixth S-92 the company will place in the fleet of its subsidiary, Cougar Helicopters. Shown here following the signing at Heli-Expo are company executives (from left) Didier Moinier, international manager; Ken Norie, president; and Charles Hodgins, CFO.
An emergency AD issued Friday requires that before further flight operators perform a “detailed visual inspection to detect repairs, cracking or corrosion” of the wing spars and other structural components in Frakes Aviation turboprop-converted Mallard seaplanes. The directive follows the December 19 fatal crash of a Chalk’s Ocean Airways’ turboprop-converted Mallard when the right wing separated from the fuselage on takeoff.
You might want to think twice about taking off at 10 a.m. in the months of May, August, September or October, because the U.S. Air Force’s copious statistics (http://afsafety.af.mil/AFSC/Bash/ home.html) on the birdstrikes it has suffered from 1973 through January this year show those to be the peak risk periods.
It has been little more than a century since mankind figured out how birds do it and applied that knowledge to slipping the surly bonds. Ever since, we have been relying on the airfoil shape of a bird’s wing to shed gravity’s shackles and enter the sky on wings of our own. We have applied that same clever curvature to propellers, to the blades that force air through turbine engines and to the other end of a helicopter’s collective control.
With 75,000 dead confirmed so far, relief efforts following October’s earthquake in Pakistan are moving into a new and more hazardous phase. Thierry Lakahinsky of Belgium’s Skytech said that with winter setting in, the death toll will probably rise. “Everybody is anxious to see how the flying conditions will be affected by the incoming weather.”