Aircraft

July 6, 2012 - 2:10am

The 46-seat ATR 42-600 regional turboprop received EASA certification late last month, ending a 125-hour flight-test program that began on April 5, 2010, using a single prototype. The smaller of a pair of updated turboprop models introduced by ATR over the past 13 months, the ATR 42-600 drew on testing results from earlier trials on its more popular, 68-seat sibling–the ATR 72-600, which gained its certification in May 2011.

July 5, 2012 - 2:10am

The EASA has issued a further emergency AD on other Eurocopter models after an AS332 Super Puma started to roll toward the edge of an offshore helideck. The flight crew was not aware a hydraulic failure was also affecting wheel brake capability. The new AD, issued in June, is requiring a “rush revision” of the flight manual on the Dauphin series (SA365N, AS365N and EC155). The first AD called for a flight-manual revision on the SA330, AS332 and EC225 Super Pumas.

July 5, 2012 - 2:10am

The EASA has issued a further emergency AD on other Eurocopter models after an AS332 Super Puma started to roll toward the edge of an offshore helideck. The flight crew was not aware a hydraulic failure was also affecting wheel brake capability. The new AD, issued in June, is requiring a “rush revision” of the flight manual on the Dauphin series (SA365N, AS365N and EC155). The first AD called for a flight-manual revision on the SA330, AS332 and EC225 Super Pumas.

July 5, 2012 - 12:35am

For King Air G1000 upgraders, a new option is replacement of the old-style incandescent-lighted caution warning panels with a Luma Technologies LED-based panel. Luma and its sister company Advanced Quality Certifications Group received FAA supplemental type certification for the LED panels on the King Air 200, 300, 350 and 350i in May. The company is adding an STC for the C90 in the first quarter of next year. For the King Air line, airplanes that qualify for the LED panels include those with classic avionics, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and the recently certified Garmin G1000 upgrades.

July 4, 2012 - 2:20pm

West Star Aviation’s Spirit of St. Louis (SUS) location is now offering night and weekend hours. “We’ve extended our hours of operation to keep up with the demand. Additionally, our customer base specifically told us they wanted us to extend our hours,” Sam Haycraft, vice president of operations, told AIN. West Star’s 19,000-sq-ft SUS facility is an FAA-certified Part 145 repair station serving Learjet, Cirrus, Beechjet, Premier, Hawker, Bonanza, Baron and King Air operators.

July 4, 2012 - 4:10am

Embraer plans to introduce gradual improvements to its E-Jets over the next three years, including a fuel-burn-improvement package by year-end, before the planned 2018 service entry of re-engined versions of the E175, E190 and E195, known now as the G2 series. Plans call for new winglets and some aerodynamic “clean-up” to achieve a near-term fuel-burn improvement of 5 percent in the E175 and 3 percent in the E190, said Embraer commercial aviation president Paulo Cesar Silva.

July 4, 2012 - 1:55am
L-r: Embraer’s Robert Knebel and Christian Kennedy chat with this magazine’s editor aboard the Legacy 650 last month. (Photo: R. Randall Padfield)

Brazil’s Embraer took a brand-spanking-new Legacy 650 on a demonstration tour of the Eastern U.S. last month to show the airplane’s updated cabin and specifically the better soundproofing, revised layout, materials and in-flight entertainment system. The large-cabin twinjet’s visit to Teterboro coincided with the NBAA Regional Forum there on June 7 and Embraer invited several media people, including two AIN editors, on a “dinner aloft” with three Embraer marketing staff.

July 3, 2012 - 3:55am

The NTSB has opened the docket on the fatal crash of a Las Vegas tour helicopter late last year.

July 3, 2012 - 12:25am

Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, will retire at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Phebe Novakovic, who was recently named the company’s president and COO.

July 2, 2012 - 4:30pm
The pilots of Superjet MSN 95004 asked for permission to descend to 6,000 feet from 10,000 feet before the airplane crashed into a mountainside.

Even though its investigation is ongoing, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) issued five safety recommendations on June 26, relating to the May 9 crash this year of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner on a demonstration flight from Jakarta.

 
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