British Aerospace Jetstream 3101, Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 18, 2004– Jetstream YV-1083C (Venezuelan registration) lost directional control and crashed into the airport fire station while landing in IMC and heavy rain at Simon Bolivar International Airport, Caracas, Venezuela. The domestic Venezolana Linea Aerea Bolivariana flight from El Vigia, Venezuela, was on an IFR flight plan.
A former employee of GE Aircraft Engines claims the company knowingly shipped defective parts built during a 10-year period at its factory in Madisonville, Ky. The charges came to light in a $64.4 million “whisteblower” lawsuit filed by former quality-control engineer Terri Brown, unsealed in late November at the request of the Courier-Journal of Louisville.
The Transportation Security Administration is allowing operators to increase progressively the time for which international waivers are valid. Any operator who has a 90-day waiver coming up for renewal now can request a six-month waiver. Once an operator has a six-month waiver, it can get a one-year waiver. The holder of a one-year waiver coming up for renewal can request another one-year waiver.
A jury ordered Universal Avionics to pay Honeywell $5.5 million in damages for violating a patent related to Honeywell’s original (pre-“enhanced”) GPWS. The same jury last month ruled in favor of co-defendant Sandel Avionics. All three firms build terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) and have been locked in a lawsuits over TAWS patents since 2002.
The DOT in its advance NPRM asks the public to comment on the following questions:
(1) How might customers and passengers benefit from the information covered by the NTSB recommendation in making their air-taxi service purchase decisions?
(2) Should any notice requirement, if adopted, also apply to air charter brokers and other ticket agents who arrange for air transportation for air-taxi customers?
New FAA Notice N8000.345 provides revised guidance for obtaining Letters of Deviation Authority (LODA), applicable to operators of corporate jetliners (such as the ACJ and BBJ) requesting a waiver from Part 125 to operate under Part 91. Full or blanket deviations are no longer authorized, but the FAA might allow deviations from certain sections of Part 125.
November 25 is the comment deadline for FAA’s proposed guidance on business aircraft wet leases.
A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, reached a verdict in favor of Cessna in a lawsuit arising from the Oct. 10, 2001 crash of a PenAir Caravan near Dillingham, Alaska. The plaintiffs, relatives of the 10 people killed in the crash, claimed the Caravan had design defects that made it dangerous to fly in icing conditions. The jury found that “no defects” of the Caravan contributed to the accident.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association filed a complaint with the FAA against Rolls-Royce, alleging the engine maker does not provide basic safety information as required by FARs.
Dassault Aviation has reached a settlement with Honeywell over a $60 million lawsuit filed against the avionics manufacturer by the French business jet builder in October. The complaint stemmed from software integration delays with Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics platform, the baseline system behind the EASy cockpits in the Falcon 900EX and 2000EX, as well as several in-development Falcons.