A special airworthiness information bulletin recommends that operators of Mitsubishi MU-2Bs comply with recently issued service bulletins (SBs) for a one-time inspection to check for corrosion and the proper torque of wing attach barrel nuts and bolts. The SBs were based on the discovery of a fractured barrel nut during a routine inspection.
Some flight schools have gone out of business since September 11 though the actual number is elusive. A National Air Transportation Association spokesman said a member survey taken two weeks after the terrorist attacks yielded shocking results. NATA’s membership conservatively lost between $300 million and $500 million during the period when all flight instruction and VFR flying were banned.
Du Pont has introduced a wiping product that the diversified industrial company said is designed exclusively for aircraft windshields and passenger windows. Made from a proprietary blend of fibers, the company said its Sontara window wipes are intended to be used with approved cleaning solutions (such as Prist and Aviation Laboratory) on acrylic, polycarbonate and glass transparencies.
The temporary reduction in navigation and ATC user charges in Canada will be eliminated on December 31 in one of several steps Nav Canada is taking to stem a potential revenue shortfall resulting from reduced flight operations after September 11.
Operators intending to enter any of the nine designated temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas in effect during the Olympic Winter Games around Salt Lake City Valley and Northern Utah in February must have advance permission. The Utah Olympic Public Safety Command (UOPSC) is now accepting permission request applications, which must be returned to the UOPSC no later than December 3. The games are scheduled to be held from February 2 to 24.
The $2.43-per-gallon average price of jet-A in the U.S. last month represented a two-cent decrease from $2.45 a gallon in mid-June, with the highest price reported as $3.47 a gallon at one or more FBOs in the Northeast, a significant 20-cent decrease from the $3.67 high in mid-June, according to a survey of more than 1,770 FBOs by Fillup Flyer Fuel Finder in Cincinnati.
Air charter operators have the opportunity to apply for federal relief as a result of September 11. In discussions with the DOT, the National Air Transportation Association learned that Part 135 companies will be allowed to apply for relief by calculating their available seat miles (ASMs) or revenue ton miles (RTMs) for the time that their operations were grounded after September 11.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced expanded access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The program has only been accessible to date to those businesses located in declared disaster areas, including the vicinities in and around New York City and Washington.
Before September 11, biometrics was just one of the hundreds of new high-tech buzzwords flooding into the English language, and one that was meaningless to most people in the aviation industry. But experts say that over the next 12 months, few of us will not have experienced, and benefited from, its effects.
Flight Options CEO Kenn Ricci plans to obtain Part 135 approval for the Cleveland-based fractional provider.