The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has sharply criticized the interference of prosecutors in ongoing accident investigations in Italy and France, warning that such interference hampers efforts to improve aviation safety and prevent similar accidents in the future.
Aviation International News » April 2009
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have begun television and newspaper advertising for their ‘No Plane No Gain’ initiative to tout the utility of business aircraft and to counter severely negative images, generated during the bailout debate, of corporate executives jetting about the country in plush cabins with cushy seats and wood-paneled interiors.
Helicopter interiors specialist LifePort of Woodland, Wash., has delivered a Sikorsky S-76 C++ that customer Petroleum Helicopters says will be the first dedicated, 24-hour offshore medical helicopter.
Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) has delivered its second cabin completion project, an executive A320, destined for an undisclosed customer in the Middle East.
On the heels of a delivery ceremony of the third maritime surveillance aircraft for the Japan Coast Guard, Field Aviation announced a follow-on contract for another three Dash 8 Q300s for the same customer. The deal brings to a total contract order to eight aircraft.
Texas Aviation Services has won “a multiple-aircraft contract” from Rotorcraft Leasing to assess, evaluate and conform Bell 206 JetRangers to Rotorcraft Leasing’s requirements. Eleven of the company’s fleet of 80 helicopters are already at the Texas Aviation Fort Worth facility.
Last year, Metro Aviation put more than $250,000 into a panel truck interior that exactly matches the medical interior that the Shreveport, La. helicopter maintenance, modification and interiors specialist offers in the Eurocopter EC 145.
The idea was to create not a reasonable facsimile, but “an exact, working duplicate EC 145 medical interior,” down to the cabin interior shell and panels obtained from the helicopter manufacturer.
After a grueling quarter of massive price destruction, a wave of opportunistic buyers has begun to surface and infiltrate the pre-owned jet market. The current economic environment coupled with the public flogging of private jets and their owners has created a sea of discounted jets in all shapes and sizes. There is a growing perception by many that now is the time to buy.
ABS Aviation Management Services has taken over management of Sebring Flight Center at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida, which recently joined the Avfuel dealer network. ABS is now responsible for customer relations, training, safety, fuel quality control, ordering and pricing. One of ABS’s first moves was to make sure all arriving aircraft are met and greeted, part of a revision of the FBO’s customer service philosophy.
Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport closed Runway 8-26 and has begun building a replacement crosswind runway that will be named 9-27 and will extend 500 feet longer than the old runway, to 4,000 feet. Runway 8-26 was involved in the Aug. 27, 2006 fatal takeoff crash of Comair Flight 5191, in which the NTSB cited the flight crew’s failure to verify that the airplane was on the correct runway.