Unwelcome TFR Ending... Will End At 0830 ET, Monday
ANN RealTime Update, 10.29.12 0728 ET: NBAA is notifying one and all that President Obama intends to depart Orlando at 8:30 a.m. ET today, instead of participating in an anticipated campaign visit in the city.
Although the FAA will not issue a new Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) regarding the change, operators can expect that the TFR that had been put in place for Orlando-area airports will be removed shortly after the president departs, and therefore, all flights into and out of Orlando-area airports are expected to operate as usual.
Parts Distributor Now Offers FAA Repair Station, Manufacturing
Augusta, Kansas-based GlobalParts.aero, an aftermarket parts and services provider, has added a new FAA-certified repair station and in-house, build-to-print parts manufacturing capabilities to its operations. The company has also launched a new brand and expanded web presence.
Standing Ready To Respond To All Requests For Assistance
With northbound Hurricane Sandy storming toward the East Coast and expected to arrive Tuesday, Civil Air Patrol’s Northeast Region and the Florida and Massachusetts wings have approved missions to move aircraft inland, and members throughout potentially affected areas stand ready to assist as needed.
Saab Collaborating With Aveillant To Show Product Compatible With Current ATC System
A technical demonstration of an end to end wind farm radar clutter removal solution that can be integrated with operational Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems is being planned by Saab Sensis Corporation and Aveillant. The program will demonstrate that seamless, clutter-free ATC surveillance data from non-cooperating targets can be produced.
Banyan’s avionics department recently completed a High Speed Data/ WI-FI installation on a Boeing B757 VIP aircraft. The installation was performed by the Banyan Avionics travel team at the customers MRO of choice during a maintenance inspection. The travel team has now performed HSD/Wi-Fi installations on the B727/737/747SP/757 airframes.
NASA’s DC-8-72 jetliner, modified to support the agency’s Airborne Science mission, was recently equipped with Universal Avionics’ latest airborne datalink, UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) and UNS-1Fw WAAS/SBAS-Flight Management Systems (FMS).
Fish And Wildlife Airplane Was Making A Water Landing On Lake Spenard
An NTSB preliminary report indicates that an amphibious Quest Kodiak owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service was properly configured for a water landing when it "caught a float" and flipped over, substantially damaging the aircraft. The pilot, biologist Heather Wilson was the only person on board the airplane at the time.
Democrats Say Republican Rep. Rick Berg Is Not Reimbursing His Own Company For Plane's Use
North Dakota Republican Senate hopeful Rick Berg, who is currently serving in the U.S. House, has been using an airplane registered to a company in which he is part owner to travel around the state. But Democrats say he has not properly reimbursed the company for the plane's use.
Will Focus On Manufacturing, MRO Business In Tulsa, OK
A new company, R2 Aerospace, has been established by former Yankee Pacific Aerospace (YPA), Inc., vice-president of business development and founding shareholder, Rick Richardson. R2 Aerospace will pursue new opportunities in aircraft industry manufacturing and MRO in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Richardson has extensive experience over his 26-year career across all aspects of large aircraft interior completions.
Vienna, Austria-based Amira Air is exhibiting at NBAA for the first time this year, following a growing demand from U.S. Clients wishing to charter aircraft to travel to and throughout Europe. The increased demand was especially noticeable throughout this summer.
Flightcell International is launching their new Flightcell DZM remote head at NBAA 2012. The Flightcell DZM Remote head provides users of the Flightcell DZM2 and DZM3 satellite communications systems the opportunity to control their Iridium and cellular voice, data and tracking functions from multiple, remote locations.
European EASA Compliance Company Expanding To North America
European EASA compliance company AeroEx is expanding its services to support North American aircraft OEM’s, operators, and suppliers. Based in Switzerland, the company provides a wide range of support services to the aviation industry regarding preparation and implementation of international aviation standards.
A shooting incident involving a Texas State Trooper aboard a state helicopter has resulted in the fatal injury of two people in a pickup truck that was fleeing the authorities. One other person was wounded, and six more were arrested.
Online Aviation Platform Designed To Create A Smarter, Better Managed Process For Clients
Aircraft brokerage company Guardian Jet has launched what it says is a new, ground-breaking online aviation platform, The Vault. The company says the portal, which is formally being introduced at NBAA2012, will "revolutionize brokerage and consulting for both corporations and individuals."
A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 2:22 p.m. CDT Sunday a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. The splashdown successfully ended the first cargo delivery flight contracted by NASA to resupply the International Space Station. "With a big splash in the Pacific Ocean today, we are reminded American ingenuity is alive and well and keeping our great nation at the cutting edge of innovation and technology development," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.
Also: UTC Cuts, FAA Penalties, Embraer, More NBAA, AW119, Eurocopter AD, Cool City, More TSA Nonsense
ANN broke some major news earlier in the week with the announcement that Rod Hightower had stepped down as the Boss at EAA... now ANN presents excerpts of an intriguing interview with the man chosen to guide the EAA transition -- Jack Pelton. If you're traveling to NBAA 2012 on Monday, Brace Yourself! One of the presidential candidates has decided to make a timely swing through Orlando on Monday and you know what that means! The FAA has already given notice that a VIP TFR will be in place just as many of you will be arriving for the NBAA convention. Yo
Distribution Through Launch Partner Flying Colours
TrueNorth Avionics announced Monday that its TrueNorth Stylus Handset is now shipping, and ready for purchase and immediate delivery. Peterborough, Canada-based Flying Colours Corp. is the first of the company’s partners to install the new Stylus handset on a range of Asian- and North American-based aircraft.
In a letter sent to employees last week, American Airlines CEO Tom Horton said that the airline will need to hire as many as 2,500 new pilots over the next five years, replacing those who have retired and filling slots opened by attrition. But the company also said it would be expanding its international routes, adding to the demand for pilots.
Working With Ex-Im Bank To Provide Financing Options For International Twin Otter Customer Base
Ikhana announces the launching of their Twin Otter X2 program as a package of proprietary modifications and enhancements coupled with full maintenance and current inspections. The program uses Ikhana’s RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box and Re-Life Fuselage Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) as the FAA approved engineering design basis. The package authorizes the “Re-Life” of time-expired DHC-6 airplanes to new “Zero Time” structural life limits of 66,000 flight hours or 132,000 flight cycles, whichever occurs first.
Universal Avionics has completed flight test activities for the new AHS-525 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS). The TSO package for the AHS-525 is now in process of submittal to the FAA. All flight test activities have met or substantially exceeded FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) requirements for performance.
Transport Canada Has Released An Approved Model List For SkyNode, IONode
Latitude Technologies (Latitude) announced that the company has received a Transport Canada AML (Approved Model List) STC for the SkyNode S200 aeronautical data and voice transceiver for installation in all 853 Part 23 category aircraft.
A primer from the NBAA outlining what the nation's leading bizav advocacy group considers to be Business Aviaion. Broadly, it is defined as the use of any “general aviation” aircraft for a business purpose.