Last month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia invalidated Bell Helicopter’s claims against Iran for manufacturing and selling knock-offs of the JetRanger. Iran has been manufacturing a look-a-like helicopter without authorization since 2002 under various names. Federal Judge Judith Rogers ruled there was a “lack of evidence that Iran’s commercial activity caused a ‘direct effect’ in the United States.”
Eight senators have called out the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about numerous stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on domestic flights that never leave U.S. airspace.
The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal unanimously upheld Eurocopter’s right to seek punitive damages against Bell Helicopter for patent infringement related to the sleigh-style “Moustache” landing gear design on the Eurocopter EC120 and EC130.
Patrick Cau, a German citizen and former United Airlines flight attendant, has been sentenced to 18 months in a U.S. federal prison for making eight false bomb threats against United Airlines flights. Cau was fired by the airline about a year before the first threats began surfacing from a variety of U.S. cities in late 2012. Cau must also pay nearly $314,000 in restitution to both his former employer and the Los Angeles Police Department for expenses related to the threats.
Washington state resident and commercial pilot Paul Roessler was sentenced to four months home confinement on November 14 in U.S. District Court in Spokane, Wash., for being under the influence of alcohol while flying a Piper Seneca for a Seattle-based cargo operator. He was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, two years probation, ordered to attend substance-abuse evaluation and counseling and pay a $1,500 fine.
Oxford Aviation, a resident of Oxford County Regional Airport in Maine for nearly 25 years, is engaged in a battle with the Oxford County Commission to avoid eviction, and to compound the proceedings the refurbishment and MRO facility filed for Chapter 13 voluntary bankruptcy on Tuesday.
The filing also noted the transfer of Oxford Aviation’s assets to its founder, owner and president, James Horowitz, for $1. The filing also effectively caused cancellation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday regarding the separate eviction filing by the Oxford County Commission.
A federal jury has found William Hugh Weygandt, 64, of Granite Bay, Calif., guilty of a conspiracy to commit fraud involving aircraft parts repair. The verdict followed a three-week jury trial before U.S. District Court Eastern District of California. Weygandt is the former owner and president of Weco Aerospace Systems, an FAA FAR Part 145 repair station with facilities in Lincoln and Burbank, Calif. In January 2007, Weygandt sold Weco to Gulfstream Aerospace, which retained Weygandt as president until Feb. 1, 2008.
The city of Santa Monica, Calif., has filed a complaint against the FAA that will force resolution of the issue of who controls the airport. The complaint, filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, seeks “to establish the City’s right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property.”
Unlike real estate lenders, most aircraft lenders don’t require title insurance, so airplane buyers rarely even know about it, let alone purchase it. That can be a big mistake.
Dallas Airmotive unveiled its new logo here at NBAA 2013. Using the company’s traditional red and blue colors, the new logo morphs spinning turbine engine blades into the shape of a Phoenix.
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