As part of enhanced collective measures agreed to by member countries in April, NATO has deployed more fighters to eastern Europe in response to the continuing crisis in Ukraine. France and Canada have dispatched aircraft this week, while a new NATO multinational team is taking over the enhanced air defense detachment in the Baltic republics.
Pilots flying within 100 miles of San Antonio, Texas, should remain extremely vigilant for the large number of military training aircraft in the area, some flying as low as 500 feet agl at 400 knots. The ceiling of the training boxes often extends to 18,000 feet. This safety reminder came from Major Cheryl Buehn, chief of flight safety for the U.S. Air Force’s 12th Flying Training Wing, based at Randolph AFB in San Antonio.
A proposed Learjet 45 FAA airworthiness directive is prompted by reports of non-conforming windshield supports (coupe rails). It would require a general visual inspection to detect gouging and scratches and to determine if a radius has been removed; an ultrasound inspection to measure the dimensions of the lower coupe rails; an eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the lower coupe rails; replacement of the lower coupe rails if necessary; and revision of the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable.
Australia will order 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters for $12.4 billion, the government said on April 23. Including jets the country has already ordered, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be able to field three squadrons of the fifth-generation fighter.
A coalition of 12 aviation organizations, including NBAA, NATA and the U.S. Contract Tower Association, sent a joint letter to House and Senate appropriations leaders who support “full and dedicated funding of the FAA’s Contract Tower Program in Fiscal Year 2015.” According to the letter, “Events of the past year have made it abundantly clear that the FAA Contract Tower Program enjoys strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.
The U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced the opening of a representative office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region this week at the Global Aerospace Summit in Dubai. Its new office will be co-located with the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) in Dubai. According to GAMA, its new office there highlights the importance of the MENA region for general and business aviation, as well as the strong partnership between GAMA and MEBA.
Israel’s Air and Space Force on Wednesday took delivery of the first of six Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules it has ordered through U.S. foreign military sales channels. While the aircraft had been formally handed over to the IASF last June, it was retained in the U.S. for tests and training.
Duncan Aviation’s avionics and instruments department has added several BendixKing product lines to its repair and overhaul capabilities over the past two years, most recently the KS270C/271C/272C. Eric Olson, Duncan Aviation autopilot team leader, says the BendixKing Charlie series is a more advanced servo that uses a surface-mount technology to benefit many Beechcraft, Cessna and Piper models. Duncan Aviation has also developed internal FAA-approved repair procedures to replace parts that are no longer available for the KFC200/250 autopilots.
Qatar has announced a raft of orders for new equipment worth around $23 billion, covering vehicles, vessels and aircraft, plus associated systems and weaponry. The announcements were made on March 27, which was the last day of the Dimdex show in Qatar’s capital Doha.