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Wed, Jul 15, 2020

NBAA Supports FAA Supersonic Aircraft Noise Standards NPRM

...Also Expressed Support For Use Of New Technologies

In comments submitted this week, NBAA reiterated its support for guidance outlined in an FAA NPRM to develop new standards for noise certification of supersonic aircraft operating in the United States. Emphasizing the need to balance innovation and development of new technologies with protecting the general public and the environment, NBAA applauded the NPRM’s “data-driven approach to setting noise standards specific to particular categories delineated by weight and maximum cruise-speed.

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Tue, Jul 14, 2020

Thrush Adds Storm Shield Windshields

Impact Resistant Windshields Now Available As Standard Equipment

The ag business can be a tough one... But few hazards are more worrisome to an ag pilot than a bird strike or, more recently, a high-speed drone strike. Post-impact images and outcomes reveal the extensive damage such collisions can cause - especially to the cockpit, and to the pilot, when the aircraft windshield is compromised or penetrated. Thrush Aircraft is now providing customers with a significantly higher level of protection from such occurrences by making advanced technology Storm Shield windshields from Storm Aeronautics standard equipment on all Thrush aircraft beginning this summer.

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Tue, Jul 14, 2020

Reduction in Helicopter Op Leads to Reduction in Accident Totals

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Also Adds New Safety Experts to its Steering Committee

The first six months of 2020 have been challenging for the helicopter community and for the entire aviation industry, but one positive from the circumstances has been a decrease in accidents. From January through June 2020, the U.S. helicopter industry experienced 42 total accidents with nine of them being fatal accidents.  For the same period in 2019, there were 69 total accidents and 15 of them were accidents involving fatalities.

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Tue, Jul 14, 2020

AD: Daher Aircraft Design, LLC

AD 2020-13-01 Requires A One-Time Inspection To Determine If An Affected NLG Fork Is Installed

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Daher Aircraft Design, LLC (type certificate previously held by Quest Aircraft Design, LLC), Model KODIAK 100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks found in certain nose landing gear (NLG) forks. This AD requires a one-time inspection to determine if an affected NLG fork is installed, repetitive inspections of the affected NLG fork for cracks, repetitive inspections of the shimmy damper bracket for looseness, and of the shimmy damper system for damaged components if an affected NLG fork is installed, and rework/replacement of parts as necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the  unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 17, 2020.

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Tue, Jul 14, 2020

AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD 2020-12-15 Requires A Measurement Of The Trunnion Nut Torque Of The V-Band Clamp

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model BD-700-1A10 and BD-700-1A11 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that certain safety valves at the left- and right-hand sides of the cabin pressure control system were not installed correctly and that the trunnion nuts used to fasten the V-band clamp were over torqued. This AD requires a measurement of the trunnion nut torque of the V-band clamp, an inspection of the safety valve and airplane bulkhead flange area for any cracking and deformations, and corrective actions, if necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective July 24, 2020.

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Sun, Jul 12, 2020

StandardAero Completes Consolidation of Helicopter Centers of Excellence

Company Acquired A Brand New Test Cell Supporting RR M250/RR300

StandardAero has completed the consolidation of the company’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Helicopter Center of Excellence (COE), after accelerating the final phase of integration of helicopter MRO engine operations into one site. In addition, the company’s transition program included the integration of two additional COEs located  Langley, British Columbia, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, to support helicopter airframe/component MRO services and turboprop engine MRO services, respectively.  The two-year COE restructuring program was originally expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

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