Few things can make or break a flight as thoroughly as catering. Caterers know it, and passengers know it. So do the schedulers and dispatchers who order it and the flight attendants who serve it. That considered, said Brad Thomas, catering director and executive chef at Lindy’s in San Diego, “the goal of everyone is to make the passengers happy.”
During a press conference this afternoon, soon-to-be-acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell and Vincent Capezzuto, the agency’s surveillance and broadcast services program manager, announced that ITT has been awarded the $1.8 billion contract (including options) to develop automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B).
When NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker asked two of his Safety Board compatriots–both erstwhile airline pilots–whether they ever took off into “a black hole,” both answered in the negative.
The FAA recently issued Advisory Circular (AC) 91-78, which clarifies that electronic charts, whether obtained through installed or portable display, are legal to use in
Flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) programs are finally seeing application in business aviation, and in early February the Altria flight department revealed that it has been working with the Flight Safety Foundation in developing a FOQA demonstration program.
In an unusual display of harmony, leaders of 18 aviation associations signed a letter to President Bush asking that he appoint a new FAA Administrator to the normal five-year term instead of a recess appointment that the Senate might not approve by the end of the next session. “Our nation cannot afford a recess appointee as we face the time-critical challenge of modernizing our nation’s aviation infrastructure,” the letter stated.
Several French-based companies, universities and local authorities have joined forces in a project to reduce helicopter support costs by 30 percent. Thirteen small firms, all located around Montauban, near Toulouse, are participating in the $14 million Helimaintenance project.
In an unusual display of harmony, leaders of 18 aviation associations signed a letter to President Bush asking that he appoint a new FAA Administrator to the normal five-year term instead of a recess appointment that might not be approved by the Senate by the end of the next session. “Our nation cannot afford a recess appointee as we face the time-critical challenge of modernizing our nation’s aviation infrastructure,” the letter stated.
Cessna will offer a TKS “weeping wing” anti-icing system for the Cessna Grand Caravan beginning in March, using a system manufactured by Aerospace Systems & Technologies of Salina, Kan. The Cessna system includes laser-drilled titanium TKS panels installed on the leading edges of the wings, wing struts and horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
The FAA yesterday signed an agreement in Anchorage with a consortium of Alaskan aviation organizations to move ahead with the statewide implementation of ADS-B service.