In another safety issue affecting the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter’s main gearbox, on July 18 the FAA released an airworthiness directive (AD) that calls for inspection for cracks. The AD was prompted by the discovery of a crack in the gearbox housing of one S-92, “in the cored passage area adjacent to the scissor bracket mount,” allowing oil to leak. The result could be a loss of oil and subsequent failure of the gearbox, the FAA said.
AINalerts » July 24, 2012
TAG Aviation is tapping its own experience of having to comply with the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) to provide support to other business aircraft operators in dealing with what remains a burdensome process. Through the new TAG ETS Solutions service, the Switzerland-based business aviation services group can provide a full turnkey package covering all requirements for monitoring, reporting and verifying carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as well as actually purchasing carbon credits, which operators will have to do from April 2013.
Judge Patrick Brady of the Massachusetts Superior Court in Norfolk County last month denied the arguments in a lawsuit by Boston Air Charter (BAC) challenging the rulings made by the town of Norwood and its airport commission.
Zenith Jet has issued a mid-year update for its annual business aviation forecast. The Montreal-based business aviation services company forecasts delivery of 736 business jets this year, a number that, if accurate, would represent an increase over the 703 handed over last year and the first year-over-year improvement in deliveries since 2008. Zenith views this as the start of a five-year recovery run that will see deliveries grow at a compound average rate of 17-percent each year, with a peak of 1,392 deliveries anticipated in 2016.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) announced yesterday that its technical publications and customer support directory are now available in the Apple App Store. The technical publication app, which will allow users to download and manage technical document libraries and receive notifications when updates are released, is available for the iPad and requires the user to register at the company’s website.
The third annual edition of Bombardier’s Safety Standdown Latin America will take place next month in conjunction with the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE). This year’s expanded two-day event on August 13 and 14 in São Paolo, Brazil, will include a half day of breakout workshops on safety topics not covered in the general session. The seminar is free and open to pilots of any brand of jet but registration is required by August 10.
In response to “the current state of the U.S. economy,” Signature Flight Support is levying a new “infrastructure fee” on its customers. The non-waivable per-visit surcharge is–according to a company spokesman–“to assist in recovering expenses for upgrades to facilities, security, insurance increases and other fees charged to Signature to maintain standards for service, safety and security for our customers, crews, passengers and aircraft.” The fee is waived for Signature-based customers departing their home facility and for charity flights.
Jet Aviation subsidiary Jet Professionals announced it has opened three new U.S. offices in St. Louis, Houston and Palm Beach to join its locations at Teterboro, N.J., and Dallas as well as those in Europe and the Middle East. The company offers permanent and temporary business aviation staffing solutions, including pilots, flight attendants, schedulers, dispatchers and technical personnel. Payroll and employee-benefits consulting services were recently added.
Under the leadership of Scott Ernest, appointed CEO last year, Cessna has accelerated new product introductions. At yesterday’s opening of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show, Cessna announced that the single-engine Grand Caravan turboprop is getting a bigger engine, an 867-shp PT6A-140.