Daher-Socata has designated Atlantic Aero its newest authorized TBM service center in North America. The company will provide FBO and MRO services, including maintenance, Pratt & Whitney Canada-authorized PT6A-64/66D line services, avionics repair and installation, interior refurbishment and in-house engineering support.
Aviation International News » November 2009
On the eve of last month’s NBAA convention, engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell released its 18th annual 10-year market forecast, projecting a serious near-term dip in business jet deliveries but a gradual climb back to the heights reached during last year’s production peak.
On March 31 last year the FAA added a section to FAR Part 65 regarding airframe and powerplant mechanics’ certificates, but most A&Ps are not aware of it.
Ocean Sky Aviation plans to build a network of FBOs across Europe in the next 12 months. Ocean Sky currently has FBOs at London Luton Airport, Manchester and Prestwick in Scotland. Earlier this year, Ocean Sky received $48 million in fresh investment when it was acquired by German charter operator Triple Alpha of Dusseldorf, Germany.
The Private Jets division of charter broker Air Partner suffered a £2.5 million ($3.9 million) loss in its fiscal year that ended on July 31. Overall, the UK-based group saw profits before tax fall 57 percent to £4 million ($6.4 million) on sales that were 23 percent down at £194.3 million ($309 million).
Farnborough Aircraft director Adrian Norris said at the NBAA Convention that his company is in discussions to have Liberty Aircraft produce the all-composite Kestrel turboprop single at its manufacturing plant in North Carolina. Liberty manufactures the all-composite XL2 piston single there. Farnborough has been flying a nonconforming Kestrel prototype since July 2006. Norris said Farnborough is
The FAA published new regulations for manufacturers of aircraft and aviation products that will update and standardize FAA requirements to better align them with the current global manufacturing environment. They will become effective April 14 next year. The intent of these changes is to ensure that aircraft and products and articles designed specifically for use in aircraft meet appropriate minimum standards for design and construction.
IBT 1108, the union representing Flight Options pilots, on October 19 said 90 percent of those voting in a strike-authorization vote approved a strike if they are released for self help. Union officials and Flight Options management were to meet late last month for the final round of National Mediation Board-led negotiations on an initial contract.
Business aircraft flight activity in September was at its highest level since October last year, according to aviation services company Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US). The firm’s U.S. IFR traffic data indicates that activity in September increased 2.7 percent from August and climbed 0.4 percent year-over-year. Leading the recovery are Part 91 operators, logging a 4.9-percent increase in flight activity versus a year ago.
President Obama has nominated Mark Rosekind, an aviation fatigue specialist and former head of NASA’s fatigue research program, to fill a vacancy on the NTSB. He is currently president and chief scientist for Alertness Solutions, a company he founded.