Aerospace engineering

February 18, 2014 - 2:45pm

Quest Aircraft received FAA approval for a 565-pound maximum landing weight increase for its Kodiak to 7,255 pounds, the same as the turboprop single’s mtow. This allows operators to carry extra fuel–“a significant benefit for those flying to remote regions,” said Quest president and CEO Sam Hill. The upgrade is standard on all new-production Kodiaks and an option for in-service aircraft without requiring any structural upgrade.

February 18, 2014 - 11:13am

On February 17 the co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 hijacked the aircraft single-handedly and flew to Geneva airport to seek political asylum. Although both Italian and French aircraft were scrambled to escort the 767, the fighters of the Swiss Air Force remained firmly on the ground. A Swiss air force spokesman confirmed that no interceptors were on alert at the time, as the air force operates to office hours only, or by special notification. However, the air force was keen to point out that it could have generated interceptor sorties given more warning.

February 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reported that the crash of a Bell 206B last May 75 miles north of Fort McMurray in Alberta was caused by the pilot’s failure to recognize that the aircraft was entering a right-quartering tailwind that reduced the effectiveness of the helicopter’s tail rotor.

February 13, 2014 - 2:08pm

NBAA is asking the FAA to reconsider a proposed change to aircraft weight-and-balance requirements that would require operators to use actual weights of passengers and bags instead of the current standard average passenger and baggage weights, or conduct a survey to develop average weights for each operator every three years. The association comments were prompted by the release of a draft advisory circular, AC 120-27F “Weight and Balance control,” in November.

February 12, 2014 - 10:01pm

Almost a month after announcing the latest schedule delay of the CSeries airliner, Bombardier still won’t identify the precise reasons for the slippage. Although the company continues to point to a lack of “overall systems maturity” for the latest change in service entry target from September of this year to the second half of next year, it hasn’t identified from which system or systems the problems might stem.

February 12, 2014 - 12:35am
The control tower at Changi Airport in Singapore is a friendlier workplace since the introduction of Thales’ Lorads III air traffic management system.

Here at the Singapore Airshow site an interesting phenomenon is taking place invisibly in the sky above our heads. The latest iteration of French manufacturer Thales’ (Booth F23) Long Range Radar and Display System (Lorads III) is now fully operational, marking a new era for air traffic management in Singapore.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) took delivery of the system in June 2013, which is now fully operational following a successful phased deployment program.

February 11, 2014 - 3:50am
Photo: Vladimir Karnozov

As series production of Antonov’s new-generation An-148 and An-158 regional jets gains momentum, the manufacturer and its close ally lessor Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) are trying to raise the type’s temporary operational limitations.

February 10, 2014 - 1:45pm

Flight crews headed for Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) should pay special attention to the new Rnav (GPS) Z Runway 22L approach published February 6. The new procedure could increase the potential for conflict with smaller general aviation aircraft traveling along Lake Michigan’s western shoreline. The new RNP/GPS procedure will bring traffic across Chicago’s lakeshore just south of the downtown buildings for a straight-in to 22L.

February 9, 2014 - 7:40pm
Thales provided this image of the new-generation laser designation pod under development for French air force Rafale and Mirage 2000D fighters.

France’s DGA defense procurement agency has awarded Thales a €119 million ($162 million) contract to develop a new laser designation pod for French air force Dassault Rafale and Mirage 2000D fighters, Thales announced in January. The development contract follows a risk reduction phase the government awarded Thales (Booth F23) in late 2012.

February 3, 2014 - 1:00pm

The January 5 crash of a Bombardier Challenger 601-3R during the crew’s second attempted landing at Aspen Pitkin County Airport (ASE) has prompted pilots to question both their own limitations and the difficulties involved in landing at the Denver resort. Even under visual conditions, mountains that rise 5,000 to 6,000 feet above field elevation make Aspen a one-way-in, one-way-out airport: land on Runway 15 and depart from Runway 33.

 
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