The FAA recently proposed significant fines against both Horizon Air and FedEx for alleged repeated violations of Federal Aviation Regulations. The agency wants to fine Horizon Air $1.005 million for allegedly operating 22 Bombardier DHC-8-402s on more than 186,000 revenue flights when they were not in compliance with FARs. The agency has also proposed a $681,200 penalty against FedEx for 19 different occasions when employees accepted hazardous materials for shipment and failed to tag those shipments properly and inform flight crews of their contents.
De-icing fluid manufacturer Kilfrost has reported orders for its “environmentally driven” Sustain products in New Zealand, with Air New Zealand and Aviall purchasing 27 metric tons of them over the last year. “All our sustainable products offer significant environmental benefits in terms of carbon savings and low toxicity, with no compromise in terms of performance and functionality,” said CEO Gary Lydiate.
Matt Zuccaro, president of the Helicopter Association International (HAI), wants attendees of Heli-Expo to understand right up front that he and his association members are team players. “Too often in the past, helicopters were seen as a segment of aviation unto itself,” he explained. To help correct that misconception, Zuccaro invited the leaders of several key aviation associations to an onstage dialogue at 9 a.m., Monday, February 13.
The Israeli ministry of tourism announced plans for the construction of a new international airport scheduled to open in 2014. Located in Timna, near the southern seaside resort town of Eilat, the new $422 million facility will replace two existing airports in the region and will offer a light rail system directly into Eilat.
Business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. reversed course in July after trending in positive territory for much of the first half of this year, according to TraqPak data released by aviation services company Argus. Comparing year-over-year results, business aircraft flying was down 2.2 percent in July thanks to an 8.6-percent decrease in charter activity.
Both the U.S.-registered business jet and turboprop segments worldwide experienced more fatal accidents in the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year, according to preliminary figures compiled by AIN.
Despite a modest increase in the number of business aircraft flight hours between last year and 2009, the number of accidents remained virtually static, according to year-end statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
As U.S.-registered business aircraft have begun to fly more hours compared with last year, accidents (at least those involving turboprops) have been on the rise. In the first half of this year compared with the first six months of last year, the number of turboprop accidents has increased, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Helitech will once again be staged at Airport Cascais, Estoril, Portugal, on October 5 to 7 after the success of its inaugural event in Portugal in 2008. Organizer Reed Exhibitions said this year’s event is going to be bigger, with more than 50 percent of the exhibition space already sold.
As flight activity last year declined from that of the previous year–by between 14 and 20 percent–so too did the number of U.S. business aircraft accidents, according to year-end statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. Last year U.S.-registered business jets and turboprops were involved in 44 accidents compared with 64 the previous year, a 31-percent reduction.
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