Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Operation Skyshield, one of the largest air drills in U.S. history. Operation Skyshield, which took place on Sept. 10, 1960, tested the ability of the U.S. to detect and defend against an assault by air. During the joint U.S.-Canadian military exercise, all civilian aircraft in North America were grounded. The exercise was repeated twice more–on Oct. 14 and 15, 1961, and a third time on Sept. 2, 1962.
AINalerts » September 9, 2010
A NASA Earth science field experiment is being conducted from a temporary base at SheltAir’s FBO facility at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood (Fla.) International Airport. The FBO is assisting the Grip (for genesis and rapid intensification processes) experiment during the peak of South Florida’s hurricane season.
The certification-configured software load for the Gulfstream G250’s PlaneView250 avionics has logged more than 1,000 hours of testing at the company’s integration test facility (ITF) in Savannah, Ga. Gulfstream reached the milestone just four months after evaluation of the Rockwell Collins-provided software began. The PlaneView250 flight deck is based on Collins’s Pro Line Fusion avionics system.
Due to a technicality, the FAA dismissed the Part 16 complaint against the city of Venice, Fla., for denying permits for the sole FBO at Venice Municipal Airport to build four new 8,000-sq-ft hangars mainly for business jets, turboprops and helicopters. The Venice Jet Center filed the complaint two years ago, but since then the FBO was bought in receivership by Tristate Aviation and renamed Suncoast Air Center.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) yesterday released its incident report on the near midair of a German-registered Cessna Citation CJ1 and a Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 on the afternoon of July 27, 2009, after the business jet crew climbed too quickly after taking off from London City Airport.
Today the FAA revoked Phoenix Heliparts’ air agency certificate to operate as a Part 145 repair station, alleging that the Mesa, Ariz. company performed improper repairs and deliberately falsified maintenance records. The emergency revocation comes on the heels of an investigation, begun in 2008 by the FAA’s Scottsdale Flight Service District Office, that allegedly uncovered multiple violations and “hundreds” of discrepancies.