The continuing investigation into the crash of an Airbus Helicopters EC135T2i in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 29 last year has yet to explain why pumps that would have transferred fuel from the aircraft’s main tanks to its supply tanks were not activated. An interim report by the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that both of the aircraft’s fuel transfer pumps were found in the “off” position after the fatal crash.
IWG Technologies, through its International Water-Guard Industries subsidiary, developed and certified the new IWG-M1 compact water circulation module for midsize and super-midsize business jets.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD)–2013-22-19–for the Gulfstream V and GV-SP to address unrelated problems with fuel boost pumps.
Twin Commander Aircraft is introducing two new custom kits for operators. CK 186 replaces Weldon fuel boost pumps with Parker Airborne pumps and CK 188 adds a convenient filler port to the supplemental oxygen system. When JetProp Commanders were still in production under Gulfstream Aerospace, the factory changed from Weldon to Airborne boost pumps, but the change was never offered for existing aircraft. If the Weldon pumps have already been replaced, installation of the hardware in CK 186 ensures that the upgrade meets OEM and FAA requirements and approval.
Simplex has received FAA STC approval for its Fire Attack system on the AgustaWestland AW139 to take advantage of the AW139’s increased mtow and flight speed. With hover pump installed, the new system is certified to fly at 140 kias. Without the hover pump deployed, the system is certified to fly at 150 kias.
If you had just bought a $23 million corporate jet, do you think the manufacturer would tell you if it knew the airplane had a potentially dangerous mechanical problem? When a dozen professional pilots were asked that question, each responded in the affirmative. “Of course–the OEMs are required by law to disclose that sort of thing,” one said. But the truth isn’t quite so simple.
Parker Aerospace’s Nichols Airborne Division is here at NBAA to provide information about its bleed air valve new spare and factory-overhaul exchange program, along with its factory overhaul program on the Airborne brand of fuel pumps.
BEECH 1900D, ROCHESTER, N.Y., JUNE 3, 2000–The Safety Board determined probable cause for a gear-up landing by a CommutAir Beech 1900D during a regularly scheduled flight. According to the NTSB, “The reversal of landing gear hydraulic lines by company maintenance personnel [caused the failure].
CRS Jet Spares is offering additional support for Premier I airframes. The company recently parted out a Premier I, making component and structural items available for Premier operators. The inventory includes many key items such as Collins displays, computers, pumps, leading edges, actuators, oxygen masks, inverters and seats.
With an established reputation in the field of on-board water treatment for aircraft, International Water-Guard of Burnaby, British Columbia, has launched a program to develop a components line that includes the “pumps, valves and heaters that make up a complete water system.” According to IWG president and CEO David Fox, “Distributed device control is the way of the future, [and] IWG will be able to provide both system components and controll
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