AIR ONTARIO

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
Air Ontario has named Steve Smith president and chief operating officer for the Air Canada Connector. Smith most recently was director of leisure sales for Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations. Prior to that position, he was general manager of passenger sales for Air Ontario, which is a subsidiary of Air Canada. The carrier serves London, Ottawa, Tameness, North Bay, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Windsor and Toronto Pearson, all in Ontario.

ICAO INCREASES EMPHASIS ON SERIOUS INCIDENTS

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
International Civil Aviation Organization adopted several revisions to its recommended safety practices. The major change is a recommendation that ICAO member nations investigate ``serious incidents'' in the same manner as that required for accidents. Another change is a recommendation that accidents and serious incidents to aircraft less than 4,960 pounds MTOW be reported. While member nations are not required to follow ICAO recommendations, many of them already have the same or more stringent requirements in place.

TWIN COMMANDER WING-LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM IS LAUNCHED

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
Twin Commander Aircraft Corporation of Arlington, Washington has developed a program designed to extend the wing life on Model 690, 695, 840 and 900 Turbine Commanders. Under Part I of Twin Commander's mandatory Service Bulletin 213, aircraft that have reached at least 6,000 hours are required to undergo a wing inspection (expected to take about 66 hours per side). Part II of SB 213 provides for a modification to extend the life of the wing and eliminate future inspections. The mod kit costs $1,700 and requires 33 hours to install.

FLORIDA FBOs ARE THINKING SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Edited by Gordon GilbertL.M. Jan 01, 1995
Flightcrews heading to Miami for Super Bowl XXIX on Sunday, January 29 at Joe Robbie Stadium will find some extra hospitality at a variety of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida FBOs.

THE HUMAN ELEMENT IN AVIATION

Staff Jan 01, 1995
For 20 years, under the guidance of Gisele Richardson, Richardson Management Associates of Montreal, Quebec, Canada has been conducting workshops and presentations aimed at solving attitude and behavior problems in the cockpit and other ``office'' environments. The goal of the ``Human Element in Aviation'' workshop is to increase flightcrews' skills and comfort in working with each other by showing them practical ways to make and maintain tangible and significant changes in their attitudes and behavior.

Don't Panic

Richard Aarons Jan 01, 1995
The flying public was naturally a bit skittish over commuter airline safety after a week of breathless and largely uninformed TV commentary on the crash of an American Eagle ATR 72-200 in Indiana. So, I suppose it was only natural that the release of a set of commuter-safety recommendations from the NTSB and an ill-reasoned pronouncement from an industry watchdog group would generate a pre-Thanksgiving hysteria over commuter airline safety. Unfortunately, some of the public's truly unwarranted concern lingers today.

Commander Aircraft

Edited by Gordon GilbertL.M. Jan 01, 1995
Commander Aircraft (Bethany, OK)--Wirt D. Walker III, chairman and CEO, assumed the additional title of president of the company, replacing Herbert B. Franck, who resigned.

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.

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.

AVRO DELIVERS A HAT TRICK

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995

AIRPORTS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO HAVE NEW SIGNAGE

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
As of January 1, all FAA-certificated airports are required to have redesigned runway and taxi signage that conforms to the standards in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5340-18C. The deadline for the new requirements was extended one year because of limited sign manufacturing capacity and the fact that only about 60 percent of the affected airports had complied (B/CA, April 1994, page 22).

ITALIAN GOVERNMENT EXTENDS FINANCIAL PROTECTION TO PIAGGIO

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
The Italian government granted Piaggio Aircraft's request for ``preferential financial treatment benefits of Prodi Law,'' the equivalent of protection under Chapter 11 of U.S. bankruptcy laws. Three government officials have been appointed to restore the company to profitability. Immediate objectives are to restart aircraft marketing activities and re-establish product support services for customers of the company's Avanti turboprop and other aircraft.

FAA APPROVES USE OF GPS FOR OCEANIC NAVIGATION

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
To speed up the use of satellite technology in aviation, the FAA has approved GPS as a primary means of en route navigation over oceanic and remote areas--with certain restrictions. At press time, the agency was preparing detailed guidelines to cover installation, certification training and operational issues related to GPS navigation over oceans and remote areas.

Using HF

Dan Manningham Jan 01, 1995
High frequency (HF) radio is perhaps the oldest form of airborne radio communications. It provided the first primitive air-to-ground radio contacts as early as World War I, as well as the radio links for Richard Byrd, Rene Fonk, Amelia Earhart and many other early pioneers of the 1920s and 1930s. It allowed World War II bombers and transports and piston-engine airliners to communicate over long distances. It was the standard means of en route communications in the continental United States until approximately 1960.

FAA GROUNDS ATRs IN ICING CONDITIONS

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
The FAA at B/CA press time restricted the ATR-42 and ATR-72 from operating in known or forecast icing conditions. That equates to temperatures of 40F and below in visible moisture.

U.K. REVAMPS SAFETY PROBE PROCEDURES

Edited by Gordon GilbertR.B.P. Jan 01, 1995
Acting on a recent recommendation from the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Kingdom Transport Department's air accident investigation branch has been given the responsibility to investigate major aircraft incidents as well as accidents using the same procedures for each.

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.

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.

DELTA CONNECTION COMAIR

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
Delta Connection Comair has taken delivery of its 20th Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) while also exercising 10 of 20 CRJ options. Comair serves 30 markets from its Cincinnati hub with the 50-passenger aircraft, operating 252 daily flights and posting a utilization rate of 2,800 hours per year. Average stage length for the aircraft is 463 miles with an average flight time of one hour and 22 minutes.

FAA ISSUES AIRWORTHINESS ALERT ON HARRINGTON INDUSTRIES

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
FAA says it has reason to believe some maintenance performed by Harrington Industries--a non-certificated maintenance facility in Aiken, South Carolina--may have been done using ``unapproved data or techniques.'' The agency conducted a random inspection of seven aircraft on which Harrington worked and noted control surfaces were not within the manufacturer's tolerances. Defects were discovered on five aircraft that had undergone interior work. At press time, the FAA investigation was continuing and no enforcement action had been taken.

ROLLS EXPECTS TO FINALIZE ALLISON PURCHASE IN THE SPRING

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
Subject to regulatory approval, United Kingdom-based engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce expects to complete the acquisition of Allison Engine Company in the spring. Rolls-Royce says the maker of small turbine engines will continue to operate under the Allison name and remain in Indianapolis. However, F. Blake Wallace, long-time chief executive, is scheduled to leave the company.

FRENCH REGIONAL OPTS FOR SAAB 2000

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
REGIONAL Airlines of Nantes, France has contracted for three Saab 2000 high-speed turboprops. Deliveries will run from May through early 1996. The carrier, which already operates the Saab 340Plus, said it opted for the 2000's 360-knot cruise speed, commonality with the 340 and state-of-the-art technology. The first aircraft will link Lyon, France with Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, as well as Nice and Marseilles, France to Barcelona.

South Africa

Edited by Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
Handlers continue to report excellent service at Johannesburg Lansaria Airport (FALA). But Jan Smuts International often is congested and lacks full corporate aircraft services.

EMBRAER PRIVATIZED

Arnold Lewis Jan 01, 1995
Public auction of 55.4 percent of its voting stock for $182.4 million completed the privatization of state-owned Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer in December 1994.

TCAS I INSTALLATION DEADLINE IS EXPECTED TO BE POSTPONED

Gordon Gilbert Jan 01, 1995
At press time, the FAA was expected to extend the February 9 deadline for the installation of TCAS I in turbine-powered FAR Part 135 airplanes with 10 to 30 passenger seats. However, it's unlikely the deadline will be extended as far as March 31, 1997, as proposed by the FAA early in 1994 (B/CA, May 1994, page 11). Several unresolved issues--including the availability of parts and the finalization of a TSO--prompted the FAA to propose extending the deadline.