Pats Aircraft Systems received STC approval for an additional configuration of its Boeing 757-200 auxiliary fuel system. The system has already been installed, tested and certified in a four-tank configuration. The new stand-alone modular tank system, which is installed in the forward and aft lower cargo compartments, complements a previously approved six-tank configuration.
Duncan Aviation advises that all operators of Honeywell engines that do not run them frequently and want to keep them off the Damaged Engine List should spool them to N1 rotation speed once a month and make a logbook entry. Duncan also said engines dormant longer than six months require fuel system preservation.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Yeehaw Junction, Fla., May 25, 2009–The turboprop twin suffered substantial damage during an emergency landing in an open field. The C90A was approaching its destination of Orlando Executive Airport when it experienced a loss of power in both engines. Attempts to restart the engines were unsuccessful and the PIC performed a gear-down, forced landing.
An FAA airworthiness directive (AD) issued in October could ground more than 70 narrow-body bizliners worldwide that are equipped with auxiliary fuel systems designed to give the aircraft additional range.
European and U.S. regulators have agreed to mandate “aircraft level” action for Rolls-Royce Trent 800-powered Boeing 777s and are considering potential action for other certified aircraft/engine combinations. This follows recommendations in an interim UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report published Thursday into the British Airways 777 accident at London Heathrow Airport in January.
A Superior Court of Arizona judge has dismissed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Cessna stemming from the crash of a 1980 Model 210 in October 2000 that killed the pilot and his wife. In rejecting the suit, the judge cited the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) of 1994, which protects general aviation manufacturers from most product-liability claims involving airplanes more than 18 years old.
Cessna Aircraft has selected Eaton to supply the fuel system for the Citation Columbus, a $28 million large-cabin business jet due to enter service in 2014. The contract calls for Eaton to design and produce the fuel system, including the electric fuel boost pump, ejector pumps, flow control valves for fuel transfer, the refuel/de-fuel subsystem and fuel quantity measurement system.
Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on air-quality standards for lead, AOPA executive v-p of government affairs Andy Cebula warned that any immediate changes to current aviation fuel standards would have a “direct impact on the safety of flight and the very future of light aircraft in this country.”
Transport Canada last month notified the FAA of a potentially dangerous fuel system defect in Bombardier’s new CRJ700 regional jet, prompting the U.S. agency to issue an emergency AD for the model. According to Transport Canada, CRJ700s may experience uncommanded fuel transfer between the wing tanks and the center tank, creating a condition in which the center tank can overfill and leak.
When you pull up to the gas pump in your car, you probably don’t think much about what is in your fuel. Perhaps you try to find a certain brand based on the fuel card in your pocket, but usually price is the primary factor. What about when you’re fueling your aircraft? Most corporate aircraft pilots and operators are aware of the fuel system icing inhibitors (FSII) and biocides available as additives for jet-A and jet-A1.
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