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June 19, 2008 - 11:54am

The NTSB issued a number of recommendations yesterday stemming from an April 12, 2007, landing overrun of a Pinnacle Airlines Bombardier CRJ at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich. None of the 49 passengers or three crewmembers aboard were injured, but the airplane sustained substantial damage.

June 19, 2008 - 11:52am

The FAA today wrapped up its first symposium focused specifically on managing fatigue in aviation.

June 17, 2008 - 11:03am

The FAA and Eclipse Aviation are awaiting the results of thrust-lever quadrant inspections on the more than 200 in-service Eclipse 500s before determining what caused a maximum uncontrolled thrust condition in one of the very light jets on approach to Chicago Midway Airport on June 5 (see “Stuck Pow

June 12, 2008 - 12:31pm

The NTSB cited three accidents and an incident involving a regional airline as the basis for a pair of recommendations issued Tuesday to the FAA related to pilot fatigue.

June 11, 2008 - 7:07am

Amphitech International has announced an initial sale of the first commercially available obstacle avoidance radar system for helicopters to Canadian Helicopters Ltd. (CHL) of Les Cedres, Quebec. The obstacle avoidance system, called “Oasys,” is designed to detect small obstacles, such as power transmission lines, at ranges of up to one nautical mile. The system will be installed aboard a CHL Bell 212 in service with a customer in Labrador.

June 10, 2008 - 11:35am

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) rolled out a new flight-release system today at its Air Charter Summit, which is being held in Chantilly, Va.

June 10, 2008 - 11:26am

Teterboro (N.J.) Airport has become the first in the nation to implement a Web-based airport-specific flight crew briefing. It was produced by the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) Safety 1st program and funded by a grant from the FAA.

June 9, 2008 - 6:20am

The European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST) published in April its Terms of Reference, which describe the organization’s objectives and structure. EGAST, the third element of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), is a voluntary partnership among the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), other European intergovernmental bodies and the GA industry.

June 4, 2008 - 11:00am

Tail-rotor cracking has prompted the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Directive for Bell helicopters. The AD affects approximately 400 Bells, including the 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 210, 212, 412, 412CF and 412EP. More than 380 of these machines are listed on the U.S. registry. The AD prescribes shortened inspection and maintenance intervals for the tail rotors on these helicopters.

June 4, 2008 - 6:03am

Seventeen Gulfstreams with recently overhauled Rolls-Royce Spey or Tay engines were grounded last month when a problem was discovered with the engines’ air control actuator (ACA), a key fuel control component. All the engines were being, or had recently been, overhauled by either Rolls-Royce or BizJet International. According to Gulfstream, three of the aircraft were already in scheduled maintenance at the time.

 
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