An unapproved and improper procedure used by mechanics to manually start the left engine on an American Airlines jetliner on Sept. 28, 2007, probably caused a fire that forced an emergency landing, the NTSB determined today.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines made history on February 27 when it flew the
first commercial flight in the U.S. with an all-female, all-African American flight
Bombardier CRJ200, Tallahassee, Fla., March 1, 2009–The ASA Airlines regional jet had a cockpit fire after external power was applied as the airplane was being prepared for flight. The captain and a flight attendant, the only occupants, evacuated the airplane via an airstair without injuries. The fire department extinguished the fire after it had burned an 18-inch hole through the left upper cockpit crown skin.
Asia Jet Partners Limited of Hong Kong has developed its Chartercard program designed specifically for Asia. The company teamed with Metrojet and its parent company, the Hong Kong Aviation Group, because “they have been operating in Asia since 1978 and have established, first-class infrastructure and personnel in place,” Justin Lee Firestone, founder and CEO of Asia Jet Partners Limited told AIN.
The economy is tanking, airlines are folding or merging, jobs are vanishing in droves, your 401(k) is a shadow of its former self, looking forward to retirement is a joke, and keeping your job–and your health–are your only hopes for 2009.
All these worries keep you from sleeping. Sure. But what are they doing to you while you’re supposed to be working?
The news that General Motors and Ford are shutting their flight departments has rattled the business aviation community. Some attributed the actions to the sensational media coverage the “Big 3” (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) executives faced after flying to Capitol Hill in private jets, while others blamed the subsequent $14 billion House bill that called for the distressed companies to sell their aircraft as a condition of the bailout.
The full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has passed a bill that would ban in-flight cellphone use on U.S. airlines. H.R.5788, “The Halting Airplane Noise to Give Us Peace (Hang Up) Act,” is expected to be considered by the full House of Representatives when its members return from summer vacation this month.
The growth of business aviation in the Middle East and Asia has prompted many segments of the industry to change and expand their focus. The shift was evident at the 13th annual NBAA Flight Attendants Conference, held July 26 to 28 in Tucson, Ariz., which highlighted the role of the flight attendant in a global setting.
For airplanes–some airplanes at least–30 years is just another birthday to precede many more, a time when the manufacturers will hopefully hear comments such as “better, not older,” or “significantly improved.” That is true of the Bombardier Challenger 605.
Flight-department personnel are invited to post resumés on www.jetresumes.biz, a new Web site developed by a corporate pilot and the principal of Jet Consulting Services in Atlanta. Through January 31, pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, dispatchers and others may post resumés at no charge. Starting February 1, resumé posting will cost $4.95 a month or $50 a year.