The US Airways flight that splashed down safely in the Hudson River drew renewed attention to the longstanding problem of birdstrikes. It’s tempting to call the ditching the ultimate birdstrike event.
Aviation International News » April 2009
An aircraft maintenance technician who worked for Cessna Aircraft has been charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Kansas District. Diego Alejandro Paz Teran allegedly tried to sell stolen aircraft parts on eBay from August 2008 to Jan. 30, 2009. He had listed a hot Rockwell Collins AHC-3000 and other stolen aircraft parts on the popular auction Web site, investigators said.
Diamond Aircraft has again delayed certification of the single-engine D-Jet and is now planning for approval early next year. At the EAA AirVenture show last July, Diamond announced that certification was going to take place this year. Meanwhile, D-Jets number two and three continue flight testing in Texas, which offers a much more benign climate than London, Ontario (Canada), where Diamond’s North American division is based.
According to Cessna Aircraft, enhancements made to business aircraft this year might qualify for the new bonus depreciation tucked into the recently passed federal stimulus legislation, depending on the tax accounting treatment.
United Technologies last month announced it will lay off 11,600 employees over the next two years. How these cuts will affect aerospace divisions Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Sikorsky and Hamilton Sundstrand was not reported. However, P&WC said it isn’t planning any more layoffs than the 1,000 it announced in January.
FBO Avitat Westchester is about to lose the lease on one of the largest hangars–E-1–at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.
Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, last month filed suit against Bombardier, Goodyear and other related parties for injuries and emotional trauma he sustained in a Learjet 60 crash on September 19 at the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport. The twinjet overran the runway on takeoff, killing the two crewmembers and two passengers while Goldstein and rock star Travis Barker survived but sustained severe burns.
The National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F) has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to order the FAA to implement safety recommendations from the NTSB concerning runway safety and flight-in-icing conditions.
Following bungled security inspections of general aviation facilities at Nashville International Airport and Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) significantly changed “Operation Playbook,” a controversial security program for GA introduced through a pilot program last year.
The crash of Colgan Air/Continental Connection Flight 3407 (a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400) on February 2 has again raised the same issues about in-flight icing that came to light after the 1994 icing-related crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 in Roselawn, Ind., and other icing accidents.