Bombardier last month suffered damage at its Downsview, Ontario factory following an explosion at Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases, a propane factory roughly a block from the Bombardier plant.
As the global marketplace continues to reduce the size of the world, we not only embrace the languages, cuisine and customs of other cultures; we find ourselves in turn embraced by a growing array of deadly airborne pathogens. The most recent was SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which some health officials believe will reappear this winter.
Air BP and ConocoPhillips took to the pulpit at EAA AirVenture to announce new oil and lubrication products, primarily for piston aircraft.
UK-based Kilfrost, which is celebrating 66 years since it helped introduce the first in-flight de-icing systems to keep wings frost and ice free, has developed DFsustain [The initials DF stand for de-icing fluid.–Ed.] from a corn-based glycol called Susterra, developed by DuPont Tate and Lyle BioProducts, rather than the more traditional crude-oil derived glycol.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., said it has started deliveries of the NxtLink 120A and 220A Iridium communications systems. Both support Fans (future air navigation system), CPDLC (controller-pilot datalink communications) and Acars messaging anywhere in the world. Intended for use in the cockpit, the NxtLink 120A product includes two Iridium transceivers
GM Nameplate of Seattle is offering a new “ElectraGraphics Business Jet Art” line that employs 14-karat gold or chrome on a stainless-steel background to recreate virtually any image or existing picture in raised graphic form. The process begins with the application of a film layer with the image desired. A subsequent chemical process creates a graphic replica of that image in gold or chrome on the steel surface.
Doncasters is investing close to $350,000 to develop the plasma spray facility at Doncasters Airmotive and Doncasters Aerospace Components in Shrewsbury, UK. Plasma spray technology is used to apply various metallic and ceramic coatings onto components by feeding the metallic or ceramic powder into a plasma flame with intense heat that melts the powder and sprays it onto the component.
Congress has allocated $8.5 million to research on alternative piston aviation fuels in the coming fiscal year. Though current supplies and production of 100LL avgas are secure for the near term, AOPA argues that alternatives may become necessary later.
American Eagle executives planned to meet with FAA officials last month to discuss the Dallas-based airline’s alleged violations of hazardous-materials regulations. The FAA alleges that on one occasion in 2000 American Eagle transported an oxygen generator as cargo aboard a passenger flight. It also claims that Eagle improperly offered oxygen generators to Federal Express for shipment by air on seven separate occasions.
Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on air-quality standards for lead, AOPA executive v-p of government affairs Andy Cebula warned that any immediate changes to current aviation fuel standards would have a “direct impact on the safety of flight and the very future of light aircraft in this country.”