Gulfstream last month received certification approval to start installations of the long-awaited enhanced vision system (EVS) in the GV line. The Savannah, Ga. business jet maker expects to wrap up the first commercial installation of EVS by the end of the winter, after which it will concentrate on gaining approval authority for EVS installations in the GIV series and GV-SP.
The FAA, EASA and Brazil’s aviation authority have approved a new maintenance program for the Embraer ERJ 145, allowing operators to increase C-check intervals from 4,000 flight hours to 5,000 hours. Embraer claims this extension, along with other recent efforts to lower maintenance costs, will cut maintenance workloads by 13 percent.
London Executive Aviation (LEA) introduced the first Cessna Citation Excel in the UK charter market last month. The airplane, which is privately owned but managed and operated on charter flights by LEA, was ferried from the U.S. in early August. The twinjet was added to the company’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) late last month.
Are the new Department of Labor (DOL) “Fair Pay Rules,” which became effective August 23 and changed the overtime pay rules for workers earning less than $23,660 per year, or $455 per week, in danger of extinction? By a vote of 223 to 193 last month, the House tacked an amendment on to the $142.5 billion measure funding education, worker training and health programs that would block the DOL rules.
Pilot hiring by the four major fractional aircraft ownership operators is far ahead of last year’s, according to figures compiled by AIR. The employment analyst reported that in the first eight months of this year, fractional operators hired 300 pilots, compared with 198 for all of last year. AIR reports that NetJets, FlightOptions, Flexjet and CitationShares employed 3,649 pilots as of August 31.
French corporation Zodiac has purchased Scott Aviation from Tyco International, and renamed the Lancaster, Pa.-based oxygen system components supplier Avox Systems. The sale was followed by a contract from Cessna to supply Avox oxygen mask deployment containers for the new Citation Mustang very light jet.
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.