A September 7 creditors meeting is expected to appoint liquidators to handle the assets of the UK-based Ocean Sky group’s aircraft charter, management and brokering divisions.
A major runway relocation project has been completed at New Hampshire’s Nashua-Boire Field Airport. The project, funded by the FAA, relocated Runway 14/32 some 300 feet to the north, allowing for adequate separation from a nearby taxiway. It also extended the runway by 500 feet, to 6,000 feet, and added overrun safety areas at both ends. The runway is now available for visual landings, with full operation expected on November 15, by which time navaids will have been relocated and instrument approach procedures published.
Three Jet Aviation U.S. operations have met the requirements to establish, document, implement and continually improve their environmental, health and safety management systems in accordance with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. The locations that received the internationally recognized certifications are St. Louis; Teterboro, N.J.; and Boston/Bedford, Mass.
Airbus and China’s Tsinghua University have agreed to jointly investigate biofuel feedstocks in the country in an initiative designed to identify the best options for sustainable commercialization of alternative fuel supply for aviation. By early next year, Airbus hopes to have narrowed down the list of possible feedstocks, which will include cooking oil and algae, to the most promising alternative fuel solutions. With that decision taken, the partners intend to investigate ways to accelerate production.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced on August 23 that new cracks have been identified in the Airbus A380 airliner. These cracks are located in areas different from those found earlier this year. The new cracks appeared on an inboard wing bracket, and the EASA believes they could cause the failed part to separate from the aircraft in flight.
With the debate over Europe’s emissions trading scheme heating up faster than you can say “illegal carbon tax,” aviation quietly continues the efficiency and emissions-reduction gains that have been under way for decades. Engine manufacturers are turning their ingenuity to building lighter engines that get more out of every drop of fuel and emit less greenhouse gas.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG) has criticized the FAA for its management of the Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program, which is designed to reduce aircraft bird strikes. “The FAA’s oversight and enforcement activities are not sufficient to ensure airports fully adhere to program requirements or effectively implement their wildlife hazard plans,” concludes the August 22 report.
Sikorsky Aircraft Australia has signed a four-year agreement with the Australian Defense Force for ongoing logistics and engineering support for the Commonwealth of Australia’s fleet of S-70A and S-70B Black Hawks. The more than $120 million deal, which includes six annual renewable options, is a follow-on agreement to one that is expiring after an eight-year term. Sikorsky Aircraft Australia does business as Sikorsky Helitech.
Boeing and China’s Comac opened a new joint-venture facility in Beijing last week to study biofuels refinement and improvements to air traffic management. Its first project is to study the prospects for refining used cooking oil, often described in China as “gutter oil,” into sustainable aviation biofuel.