Aviation

June 11, 2013 - 3:50pm

After weathering a three-week voluntary grounding stemming from a maintenance issue late last year, operations at Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair have been pretty much normal. That is until last Thursday, when an anonymous call to the Clearwater, Fla.-based company’s whistleblower hotline initiated the grounding of its fleet again.

June 11, 2013 - 3:40pm

Work is scheduled to begin this summer on a $13 million Chicago vertiport, more than 20 years after it was first proposed. The near west side, 10-acre site at 14th & Wood is owned by the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMD) and will be financed privately and developed by Nighthawk Services.

Nighthawk president Mike Conklin told AIN that he expects final approvals within weeks and groundbreaking in “late July or early August.” Construction will take approximately 12 months.

June 11, 2013 - 3:35pm

The General Aviation Avgas Coalition, which includes NBAA and GAMA, praised the FAA’s announcement to formally request sample unleaded fuels for testing as possible replacements for 100LL aviation gasoline.

June 11, 2013 - 3:15pm

Embraer Executive Jets named Brenda Paauwe-Navori as the Western region regional sales director for its large and ultra-large business jet division. She previously managed sales for a business aircraft manufacturer and a fractional ownership firm. Paauwe-Navori has experience in market strategy and prospecting, financial analysis and customer loyalty, Embraer said. She has also been employed in airline charter work, including a stint as senior director of large-cabin sales and operator relations for Virgin Charter and VIP Inflight Liaison at Northwest Airlines.

June 10, 2013 - 1:50pm

An AINSafety story published last year demonstrated that a relatively straightforward GPS approach can be fraught with danger even when pilots precisely follow the instrument approach plate. Our editors began thinking about what readers might regard as their most challenging instrument approaches.

June 10, 2013 - 1:25pm

Legislation currently being developed in Nigeria as part of the new Civil Aviation Act 2013 will attempt to classify safety and security staff (such as air traffic controllers) in that country as “essential,” effectively banning them from striking against the country’s aviation system. No date has been announced for presentation of the proposed legislation.

June 10, 2013 - 1:05pm

An airline pilot studying for a Ph.D. wonders why otherwise competent pilots fail checkrides. “Although many quantitative studies have looked at what pilots do wrong, researchers have not previously sought pilot input on why pilots actually make those mistakes,” said Capt. Gary Boettcher. Pilot volunteers for Boettcher’s survey must have repeated a recurrent training simulator proficiency checkride, hold a current FAA medical certificate, be currently qualified and in an active flying bid status.

June 10, 2013 - 11:10am

Continuing annual budget reductions due to the “sequester” process in the U.S. will make it difficult for the Federal Aviation Administration to complete the enabling programs of the NextGen ATC modernization effort on time, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) on June 4. In April, the U.S.

June 10, 2013 - 11:00am

The deployment of Lockheed Martin’s formerly troubled en-route automation modernization (Eram) system should serve as an example of the program execution critical to the success of the complex NextGen ATC modernization effort, according to the company’s CEO, Marillyn Hewson.

June 7, 2013 - 10:50am

The U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate selected Bell Helicopter Textron, a Boeing-Sikorsky team and AVX Aircraft among contractors invited to participate in the joint multi-role technology demonstrator (JMR-TD) program with new rotorcraft designs, the companies confirmed. They expect the Army will award JMR-TD contracts by September. The first demonstrator flights are planned in 2017.

 
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