The FAA rejected a request from Brazilian politicians to revoke the pilot certificates of the two U.S. pilots involved in the 2006 midair over the Amazon jungle.
The splashdown of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, engendered a number of recommendations from the NTSB, aimed mostly at Part 121 operators and, by default, also at Part 91K fractional and 135 charter operators.
AgustaWestland (AW) is still in the hunt for the U.S. VXX Presidential helicopter replacement program, commonly known as Marine One. “I can confirm we will be competing for the VXX program. We strongly believe the [AW-] 101 is the best helicopter to meet this requirement,” an AW spokesman told AIN. The chairman of AW’s parent company, Finmeccanica, suggested that AW was in talks with Boeing and L-3 to partner on the contract.
Eurocopter is offering on the EC155 Dauphin the autopilot search-and-rescue (SAR) mode that until now could be found only on the larger EC225 Super Puma. Certified earlier this year on the EC155, the SAR mode gives better stability and precision, particularly in environments where the former SAR mode was not operational.
The first operator of an EMS-configured Bell 429 light twin reports it is “more than happy” with the helicopter and its performance after flying 65 missions in less than a month. Des Moines-based Mercy Medical Center’s Mercy One placed its 429 into operation on April 10.
An Afriqiya Airways Airbus A330-200 crash landed this morning at around 6 a.m. local time in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the Libyan airline and Airbus confirmed this morning. Flight 8U771, arriving from Johannesburg, carried 93 passengers and 11 crewmembers. Afriqiya said that authorities have completed the search-and-rescue mission and have moved casualties to various hospitals. It gave no word on fatalities.
A spokesman for AgustaWestland (AW) told AIN that the company is still in the hunt for the U.S. VXX Presidential helicopter replacement program, commonly known as Marine One. Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, the chairman and CEO of AW parent company Finmeccanica, suggested that AW could partner with Boeing and L-3 for the contract.
Embraer’s new Phenom 300 light jet has been cleared for takeoff in Europe after the European Aviation Safety Agency issued its type certificate this week. The approval came just four months after Brazilian and U.S.
Gulfstream III, Farmingdale, N.Y., March 10, 2010–Soon after takeoff from Republic Airport (FRG), while climbing through 35,000 msl en route to Stuart, Fla., the crew of the GIII reported hearing a sound similar to a compressor stall, followed by a loss of power on the right engine. The pilot-in-command declared an emergency and initiated an in-flight engine shutdown.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced it has finished engineering for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated display system (IDS) upgrade on the Beech 1900D. The company has already begun the first installation at its Wichita service center, and it plans to start a second installation in July. It expects to finish the first article and gain system certification over the summer.