You are sitting in a diner, sipping your fourth cup of coffee, solving aviation’s problems with an old friend, when the idea comes to you in a caffeinated burst of inspiration: a new jet, one that will fill a niche no manufacturer has yet tackled, with safety features, performance, efficiency and comfort that will open new markets and sell like hot cakes around the globe.
Roy Horridge, owner and operator of grounded Houston-based Air Ambulance by B&C Flight Management, and William Sexton, a former officer with the company and aircraft mechanic, have been indicted for aircraft parts fraud and bank fraud. U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle last Friday unsealed a 12-count indictment against Horridge, 72, and Sexton, 65. Both men were arrested.
Leitner EDV (Booth No. 1077) has developed custom-tailored software for small to medium-sized maintenance shops. The German company’s LTB/400 system tracks, for instance, service bulletins (SBs) and airworthiness directives (ADs) on the Internet for aircraft in maintenance at a shop.
Starting July 1, 2008, all private and commercial airplanes operating internationally will need to carry at least one emergency locator transmitter, according to a proposed standard from the International Civil Aviation Organization.
More than 15 years after the publication of initial proposals, commercial single-engine operations under instrument meteorological conditions (SE-IMC) could at long last become permitted in Europe, though not before 2010.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is asking the entire aviation community to call their Congressional representatives and ask for their support of House Resolution 586 (108th Congress).
Garrett Aviation/Piedmont Hawthorne/ Associated Air Center announced its Garrett Aviation-Springfield, Ill. repair station has been awarded the FAA Diamond Award for outstanding aviation maintenance training.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) is expected to decide early next year whether it will forge ahead with plans to restrict the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be based in Britain. The consultation process ended on October 28, and officials will take several weeks to evaluate the views collected before making a recommendation.
The Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation has approved Jet Aviation Basel as a POA (production organization approval) approved facility in accordance with the EASA’s 21 Subpart G regulations. This approval allows the company to produce and issue airworthiness declarations for replacements parts.
Agusta has found the cause of the problem that sparked an emergency Airworthiness Directive on the AB139 in August. The company said only that it is working to “minimize the inconvenience to customers.” The FAA had issued an emergency airworthiness directive on Agusta AB139 tailpipes. Reports of cracks have raised concern at the FAA and its European counterpart, the EASA, that such conditions could result in cowling overheating.