THE ATR FLAP

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
It will not go away. The constructive outcome of the crash of American Eagle (Simmons) Flight 4184 in October 1994 will likely be a whole new set of icing certification standards for Part 25 transport category aircraft, and probably for Part 23 air carrier aircraft as well. The negative outcome is a public relations disaster that is going to impact the entire air transportation industry, not just regional airlines.

FAA MOVES TO UPGRADE COMMUTER AIRLINE RULES

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
FAA is proposing rule changes to make training requirements for pilots of FAR Part 135 commuter aircraft with 10 or more seats the same as those for Part 121. The move is a follow-through on the FAA's early 1994 commitment to respond to NTSB recommendations on commuter airline safety. A CRM training requirement and a pitch to use simulators also are part of the proposal. Comments are due March 14. Contact the FAA in Washington, D.C. Phone: (202) 267-8521.

National Jet Air Center

Edited by Gordon GilbertG.A.G./R.B.P. Jan 01, 1995
Fort Lauderdale--National Jet Air Center recently moved its FBO into new and larger facilities at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Improved services include on-site rental and crew cars, discount hotel reservations, separate crew and passenger lounges, crew snooze room, conference rooms and WSI flight-planning area. (305) 359-0066.

DORNIER 328-110 RECEIVES FAA AND GERMAN CERTIFICATION

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
Dornier, a division of German manufacturer Deutche Aerospace, received FAA and German certification of its Model 328-110 twin-turboprop commuter. The 30-passenger -110 features these improvements over its predecessor, the -100: Gross weight raised to 30,843 pounds; max-payload range extended to 1,000 nm; 32-degree flap setting added to reduce approach speed; and drag reductions made to lower direct operating costs. Dornier is providing -110 upgrade retrofits to -100 operators. The new aircraft has an equipped list price of $9.1 million (1994).

PRESIDENT NOMINATES EXPERIENCED PILOT TO JOIN NTSB

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
President Clinton nominated Robert T. Francis to serve on the NTSB. Francis, a licensed commercial pilot and experienced accident investigator, put in 17 years with the FAA and worked with major and regional airlines. Former NTSB chairman Carl W. Vogt has left the Board, and John Lauber will leave early this year (B/CA, September 1994, page 26). Lauber was scheduled to leave on December 31, 1994, but agreed to stay longer--chiefly to preserve a quorum on the Board.

HILLER IS HOME AGAIN

Edited by Gordon GilbertR.A.S. Jan 01, 1995
It's always sad when a pioneering aviation business stumbles. But it's even sadder when troubles are so severe that it is forced out of business.

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO FATAL CRASH OF AN S-76

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
At press time, safety investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the November 8, 1994 crash of a Mobil-owned Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. The twin-turbine rotorcraft was en route from a Mobil energy exploration platform in the Gulf of Mexico to the company's base in Cameron, Louisiana when it crashed about two miles offshore. The passenger, an employee of Universal Ogden Catering of New Orleans, was killed in the accident. The pilots, Jerry Wheeler of Mobil and Boyd Williamson of Excalibur Services of Lafayette, Louisiana, survived.

UNIVERSAL SEEKS ADDITIONAL STCs FOR FMS/GPS APPROACH

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
Tucson-based Universal Navigation recently completed STC flight testing for TSO C129 B1 and C1 certification of an FMS to fly complete GPS overlay non-precision approach procedures. The scheme, certificated on the company's Challenger business jet, utilizes the internal navigation database of the Universal UNS-1B FMS and the 12-channel Universal GPS-1000 sensor with real-time and predictive receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM).

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Linda L. Martin Jan 01, 1995
Cooper Aviation Industries is now a worldwide distributor of Halonaire 1211-1301 fire extinguishers. Unlike dry chemical extinguishers, Halonaires discharge a colorless and odorless vapor that evaporates on contact, leaving no residue. Non-corrosive and electrically non-conductive, the fire- fighting agent can penetrate obstructed areas that dry chemicals cannot reach. List price: $39.95 for the 14-ounce size. Cooper Aviation Industries, 2149 E. Pratt Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. (708) 364-2600.

PROPOSAL WOULD LOWER THE CEILING OF L.A. CLASS B AIRSPACE

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
FAA has proposed lowering the ceiling of the Los Angeles Class B Airspace from 12,500 feet to 10,000 feet; raising the base altitude west of Santa Monica from 4,000 feet to 7,000 feet; and expanding the eastern, southern and southeastern boundaries. The rulemaking comes more than two years after the FAA held public meetings on the proposed changes (B/CA, June 1992, page 26). Comments are due January 23. Contact the FAA in Washington, D.C. Phone: (202) 267-9230.

COMMENT PERIOD IS REOPENED ON SEAT UPGRADE PROPOSAL

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
FAA reopened the comment period until March 4 for its proposal to upgrade the flammability resistance of seat and restraint systems on airplanes certificated to the commuter category of FAR Part 23 (19 or fewer passenger seats and MTOW of 19,000 pounds or less). The new standards would apply to all commuter category aircraft manufactured after June 16, 1996. The comment period originally closed November 12, 1993 (B/CA, September 1993, page 32), but the FAA has received numerous requests to extend the rulemaking process.

ACA GETS JSX JUMP-START

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
JSX Capital Corporation, a unit of British Aerospace, has agreed to make a $20-million capital infusion into United Express Atlantic Coast Airlines. Closing on the deal was expected before January 1 and was contingent upon regulatory approval.

NTSB IS REVISING ITS RULES IN AIR-SAFETY PROCEEDINGS

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
The Safety Board has adopted numerous rule revisions governing air safety enforcement and related proceedings. Effective January 17, the NTSB revisions apply to filing motions, amicus appearances, pleadings, depositions, subpoenas, evidence, hearings and appeals. The revisions are based on a notice published in October 1993 asking for comments from users. Six comments were submitted, including replies from the AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

AIRPORT OPERATORS SEEK CHANGE IN PROPOSED FEE REVISIONS

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
In its comments to the DOT on proposed revisions to the FAA's policy on airport fees, the American Association of Airport Executives recommends: (1) that carriers be required to provide airports with written notice at least 14 days in advance of filing a complaint with the DOT about fee increases and (2) that the time allowed for a response from the airport be extended from seven to 21 days. Under the proposal, carriers have up to 60 days to make a complaint. GA interests also are critical of the revisions (B/CA, December 1994, page 26).

THE REGULATORY REGIMEN

Staff Jan 01, 1995
You won't find a copy of the EPA's proposed rule covering aerospace manufacturing and rework operations in the Federal Register, the official government record of rulemaking by agencies like the FAA and the EPA. The proposal is simply too large to make printing and distribution feasible through normal channels. Instead, copies of the proposal can be obtained directly from the EPA or from a special EPA computer bulletin board. (If you decide to go the high-tech route, you will need three floppy disks to handle the volume of information.)

JETSTREAM 41 ORDERS JUMP BY 25

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
Trans States Airlines of St. Louis has padded the Jetstream 41 orderbook by 25 firm plus 35 options. Total value of the deal was placed at $420 million. Initial delivery of the 30-passenger aircraft is scheduled for this month with the aircraft entering scheduled service in February. The balance of the aircraft will be delivered throughout this year and 1996. The J41 is nominally a 29-passenger aircraft; Trans States is the first U.S. carrier to opt for a 30-seat configuration, pending FAA certification.

ENHANCED GPWS WILL BE STANDARD ON GULFSTREAM V

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
Gulfstream Aerospace says its G-V is the launch aircraft for the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System being developed jointly by AlliedSignal and Honeywell. In addition to the required aural warnings, Gulfstream says the Enhanced GPWS will offer pilots a visual display of threatening terrain when flying in or near terminal areas. The system will be flight tested aboard a G-IVSP, with FAA certification scheduled to be completed later this year.

LEARJET REORGANIZES INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

Edited by Gordon GilbertG.A.G. Jan 01, 1995
Learjet recently realigned its international sales positions for Michael F. Fahey and Robert C. Williams. Fahey was promoted to regional vice president of Learjet for Latin America and the Far East. A 13-year veteran of Learjet, Fahey previously served as sales director for Australia and the Far East.

ALLISON AE2100 TURBOPROP POWERPLANT

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
The Allison AE2100 turboprop powerplant has completed 1,500 hours of testing to simulate more than two years of daily operation in regional airline operations. Chief Engineer-Large Turboprops Norman Egbert said the engine has ``performed as predicted and is in excellent condition. This represents a major accomplishment in demonstrating durability for the rugged environment of the regional airlines.'' The engine powers the 50-passenger Saab 2000, in service with Crossair of Switzerland, and is destined for the IPTN N-250 and Lockheed C-130J Hercules.

LOOKING FOR LARGE WATER DROPLETS

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
Very large water droplets--considerably larger than those used in icing certification flight tests--combined with temperatures right at freezing, have become a focus of the NTSB investigation into the crash of American Eagle 4184.

GE AND TEXTRON LYCOMING

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
GE and Textron Lycoming have terminated their revenue-sharing agreement to develop and produce the GE38 family of engines, including the GLC38 regional turboprop. The agreement dates back to 1987. Textron Lycoming was acquired by AlliedSignal in October 1994 and will develop its own common-core turboprop/turbofan engine family for the 50- to 100-passenger aircraft market. GE, on the other hand, says it will continue the GE38 program in conjunction with remaining revenue-sharing participants AlliedSignal Controls and Accessories and European Gas Turbines Limited.

B/CA OFFERS AIRCRAFT DEICING GUIDE

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
Operators can obtain a copy of the pilots guide to Large Aircraft Ground Deicing (FAA AC 120-58) from B/CA. The 40-page booklet, published by the FAA in September 1992, contains general information in addition to specific procedures concerning ground deicing operations. Single copies of the guide are available, while they last, for $1 each (to cover postage and handling) from B/CA, 4 International Dr., Ste. 260, Rye Brook, NY 10573.