Dole Food and its affiliate Castle & Cook have purchased three Eclipse 500 very light jets (VLJs) that will join a current corporate aircraft fleet. Dole’s flight department is based in Van Nuys, Calif., and includes a Global Express. “The decision to purchase these jets was made based on safety, performance and economics,” said Dole Food owner David Murdock.
Hamburg, Germany, plans to present the first Crystal Cabin Awards at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, to be held in the city from April 17 to 19 next year. The awards will be divided into several design categories, including comfort and health, environmental, entertainment and communication, innovation, safety and security, and future concepts, as well as an overall winner. Winners will receive a Crystal Cabin trophy.
The FAA is proposing to amend the digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit filtering of original parameter sensor signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded. “As a result, the data being recorded did not accurately reflect the aircraft’s performance or the movements of the flight controls,” the agency said.
The DOT Inspector General office has given an unqualified, or “clean,” opinion of the financial statements of the NTSB following an outside private audit for FY 2006.
Swissport Executive Aviation plans to open a dedicated business aircraft handling operation at Zurich International Airport on January 1. Passengers will be
accommodated in Zurich’s general aviation center or a VIP lounge in the main terminal. Current handlers at Zurich are Jet Aviation, which operates from the GA center, and ExecuJet Aviation, which occupies the former Signature Flight Support terminal.
NBAA and the Allied Pilots Association, the union representing 13,000 American Airlines pilots, have added their voices to the growing international call to bring home the two U.S. pilots who continue to be detained in Brazil after the September 29 midair between their Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines 737 (see page one). On November 20, NBAA sent a letter to the president of Brazil calling for the immediate return of the two pilots.
Nearly two months after the worst aviation accident in Brazil’s history, the midair between a Boeing 737-800 operated by Brazilian airline Gol and a Legacy operated by Long Island, N.Y.-based ExcelAire, a series of questions still remains about the cause of the accident. Furthermore, as we go to press, the two U.S. pilots of the Legacy are still being detained in Brazil.
Avio-Diepen (Stand A1236) has joined Boeing’s integrated materials management program under which the airframe manufacturer and certain partners hold an inventory of maintenance supplies, including spare parts, that are provided as needed by an airline. The 60-year-old Dutch company is a leading commercial aerospace distributor offering individual supply programs, kit packages and related services.
New Royal Netherlands Air Force Boeing CH-47F (NL) helicopters are to be equipped with Honeywell’s avionics control and management system, which will also be used to modify the customer’s existing fleet. To reduce crew workload, the equipment will provide an integrated cockpit with “improved functionality and efficient human factors,” said Honeywell.
For the past three months, three Rostvertol Mi-26T helicopters owned by Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations have been in Pakistan to support relief efforts following last year’s devastating earthquake.