AT&T AGREES TO $13.9 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH FAA

Staff Jan 02, 1995
AT&T has agreed to pay the U.S. government $13.9 million to settle charges that it did not provide accurate pricing information for a $23 million electronic switch lease contract with the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA leased the switches to link the nation's air traffic control system.

FRED BERNARD/Flight Services Group

Staff Jan 02, 1995
FRED BERNARD was named senior vice president of charter sales for Flight Services Group. Bernard will be responsible for managing existing accounts and marketing the company's charter services to major corporations.

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FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL

Staff Jan 02, 1995
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL is offering a half-day course that addresses how to avoid controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents. The course covers loss of situational awareness, a CFIT checklist and use of ground proximity warning systems. The course is available at all FlightSafety International learning centers.

AVIONS DE TRANSPORT REGIONAL

Staff Jan 02, 1995
AVIONS DE TRANSPORT REGIONAL said Pantanal, a Brazilian regional carrier, signed a firm order for two ATR-42-300 aircraft to be delivered in February. Pantanal introduced its first ATR into service in December 1993. Air Truck of Madrid, Spain, ordered two used ATR-42-300s for delivery in March. They will be operated by a new regional company based in Pamplona, Lineas Aereas Navarras, created by Air Truck with the support of the Navarra Region.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION/AC 21-20B

Staff Jan 02, 1995
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION is seeking comment on a proposed advisory circular, AC 21-20B, Supplier Surveillance Procedures. The proposed AC 21- 20B provides guidance on ways to comply with Part 21 - certification procedures for products and parts. Comments on the proposal must be submitted before March 21 to FAA, Aircraft Certification Service, Production and Airworthiness Certification Division, Policy and Procedures Branch, AIR-230, 800 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20591.

MILLER AVIATION

Staff Jan 02, 1995
MILLER AVIATION, Johnson City, N.Y., was selected to provide its FBO Management Information System (FBO.MIS) software package to Banyan Air Service of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Downtown Airpark of Oklahoma City, Okla. The software offers interactive accounting, inventory, and point of sale information for general aviation businesses. Miller has supplied its FBO.MIS system to more than 70 fixed-base locations nationwide.

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL

Staff Jan 02, 1995
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL sold its interest in PowerSafety International, Inc., a company providing training programs and equipment to the power and utility industry, to Babcock&Wilcox, an operating unit of McDermott International, Inc. FSI said it divested itself of its PowerSafety interest "to focus on its core businesses." Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

GULFSTREAM WINS COMPETITION TO PROVIDE AIRCRAFT TO JAPANESE FORCES

Staff Jan 02, 1995
A lengthy and hotly contested competition by the Japanese Air Self- Defense Force has finally concluded with the selection of Gulfstream Aerospace to provide nine Gulfstream IV business jets that will be used for a variety of missions. Gulfstream's selection follows nearly four years of intense competition that pitted Gulfstream against Dassault Aviation of France (which was bidding the Falcon 900B) and Canadair (which was offering the Challenger 601) for the U-X contract to provide a fleet of long-range, multi-mission aircraft.

DORNIER

Staff Jan 02, 1995
DORNIER received an order from Lone Star Airlines for four Do 328 high- speed commuter turboprops with options for an additional four. The first will enter scheduled service this month between Dallas/Fort Worth and Chihuahua, Mexico. The Lone Star order brings to 76 the number of firm orders for the 328 plus 75 options from 17 customers. Eighteen have been delivered.

AVIATION ASSOCIATIONS ENDORSE FIVE-POINT STATEMENT ON ATC RESTRUCTURING

Staff Jan 02, 1995
A coalition of 22 associations representing most segments of the aviation community has endorsed a five-point position paper it hopes will frame the discussion in the upcoming congressional debate over proposed changes in the structure of the Federal Aviation Administration and the operation of the nation's air traffic control system.

CESSNA PLANS APRIL GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW PLANT IN INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS

Staff Jan 02, 1995
Cessna Aircraft Chairman Russ Meyer said the company expects to break ground in April for a new single-engine aircraft assembly plant in Independence, Kan., where Cessna officials were warmly welcomed Dec. 21 when they announced the new plant would be built in that southeastern Kansas community (BA, Dec. 12/253). Independence was selected over four other Kansas cities - Emporia, Hays, Manhattan and Pittsburg - that were in the final running to become the site of the new plant.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION/ATTCS

Staff Jan 02, 1995
FAA is proposing to impose special certification conditions for the Dassault Falcon 2000 automatic takeoff thrust control system (ATTCS). FAA regulations do not contain adequate safety standards for approach climb performance using ATTCS and the additional conditions would establish an appropriate level of safety, the agency said. For more information on the special conditions, contact Stephen Slotte in the FAA standardization branch at (206) 227-2797. $end 10 AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

CESSNA TO PROVIDE CITATION ULTRAS TO KAL FOR TRAINERS

Staff Jan 02, 1995
Cessna Aircraft has sold four modified Citation Ultras to Korean Air Lines for crew training. The contract calls for the first Ultra to be delivered in second quarter 1995. "The Citation Ultras will provide KAL with a step-up aircraft between their piston-engine and turboprop fleet and their airliners," said Gary Hay, Cessna senior vice president of marketing and product support.

FOKKER AIRCRAFT

Staff Jan 02, 1995
FOKKER AIRCRAFT received an order from Air UK, Great Britain, for a Fokker 50 regional turboprop and delivered an F100 jet to TAM of Brazil. Air UK, which placed eight F50s into service this year, will take delivery of its ninth in March. The 50 will replace an F27 MK200. TAM, which is based in Sao Paulo, recently took delivery of an F100, its 15th Fokker aircraft. TAM originally began operating the F100 in 1990.

PEACOCK AEROSPACE OF CONNECTICUT BEING SOLD TO CALIFORNIA FIRM

Staff Jan 02, 1995
Peacock Aerospace, Norwalk, Conn., will be sold to Derlan, Inc., of Santa Ana, Calif., for $2.5 million, according to Peacock's parent company, Struthers Industries. R. Michael Still, president and chief executive of Tulsa, Okla.-based Struthers, said, "The disposal of Peacock will eliminate a drain on Struthers' earnings." Peacock makes landing gears, cylinders, pistons and engine mounts. Derlan's products include aircraft external fuel tanks and electronic pods, pylons and launch vehicle structural components.

FAA SEEKS IDEAS FOR AIRPORT FINANCING METHODS

Staff Jan 02, 1995
Federal Aviation Administration is soliciting help to develop innovative financing concepts for airport development. FAA specifically is seeking information on loans of federal funds, federal guarantees for loan repayment, Airport Improvement Program (AIP) or federal funding of loan insurance and AIP funding for debt service reserves. FAA also asked for other ideas for airport financing as well as the identification of "federal policy impediments" to private investment in airport development. FAA asked that responses to be sent before Jan.

JOHN DORENBECHER/CIT Group/Industrial Financing

Staff Jan 02, 1995
JOHN DORENBECHER has joined The CIT Group/Industrial Financing's Business Aircraft Division as district manager. Dorenbecher, who will be based in San Francisco, will oversee financing of corporate jet aircraft and turbine helicopters in the West and Northwest.

FAA IMPOSES SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR BEECHJET AIRCRAFT IN ICING CONDITIONS

Staff Jan 02, 1995
The Federal Aviation Administration last month imposed special operating procedures during icing conditions for all Beech Model 400, 400A, 400T and MU-300 aircraft. FAA said the special operating procedures are necessary because tests demonstrated that ice accumulation on the horizontal stabilizer may cause the airplane to pitch down at certain flap settings. Additionally, the agency received a report of tailplane icing occurring during a maintenance flight of a Model 400A airplane.

AOPA SEEKS BACKGROUND ON FAA MEDICAL STANDARDS PROPOSAL

Staff Jan 02, 1995
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking FAA to release records, reports and studies used in developing a comprehensive proposal of airman medical standards. FAA in late October issued the proposal that would change standards for first-, second- and third-class airman medical certificates. Those changes address everything from extending the duration of third-class airman medical certificates for pilots under age 40 to requiring an electrocardiogram for second-class medical applicants 35 years and older.

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC

Staff Jan 02, 1995
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC's MR-3000 weather radar received certification for airline use. Westinghouse expects to receive a supplemental type certificate for the radar as a predictive windshear system on its BAC-111 this month. The radar, designed to detect and map weather and predict windshears, draws on techniques developed for military radars and uses Doppler processing technology. Another version, the MR-4000, has been in production for two years for military applications.

RAYTHEON CORPORATE JETS Model BH/HS 125-600A Series Airplanes

Staff Jan 02, 1995
RAYTHEON CORPORATE JETS Model BH/HS 125-600A and -700A series airplanes (Docket No. 94-NM-74-AD; Amdt. 39-9079; AD 94-24-06) - requires installation of two new circuit breakers in the six-volt output circuits of the flight deck lighting transformers on electrical Panel RY, below the right pilot's seat. This amendment is prompted by a report of smoke in the flight deck due to a lighting transformer six-volt output circuit short circuiting to ground.

AIRPORT SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL

Staff Jan 02, 1995
AIRPORT SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL has signed an agreement with Interstate Electronics Corp. for joint development and marketing of ground-based aircraft landing systems using Global Positioning System satellite signals. The landing system will calculate corrections to the basic GPS signal and transmit them to aircraft on final approach. Airport Systems will market the product to civil aviation authorities and Interstate Electronics will focus on domestic and international military customers.

GE CAPITAL

Staff Jan 02, 1995
GE CAPITAL named Denis Nayden president and chief operating officer. Nayden will report to Gary Wendt, chairman and chief executive officer. He was president and chief operating officer of Kidder, Peabody until Dec. 16, when it was sold to Paine Webber.

FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL RECEIVES BANKRUPTCY COURT APPROVAL FOR REORGANIZATION

Staff Jan 02, 1995
Flight International, the Newport News, Va. aviation services company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, received approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Eastern Virginia for a joint plan of reorganization. Under the plan, existing common stock of The Flight International Group, Inc. will be canceled and one million shares of new common stock will be issued. Shareholders of record on Dec. 20 will receive 10 percent of the new common stock and 51 percent of the new common stock will be issued to unsecured creditors owed more than $2,000.