AD NUMBER: 2008-24-07
MANUFACTURER: Eclipse Aviation
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-24-07
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain Eclipse Aviation Corporation(Eclipse) Model EA500
airplanes equipped with a Pratt and Whitney Canada, Corp. (PWC)
In a step the agency says will improve the efficiency of air
transportation for millions of Americans, FAA Acting Administrator
Robert A. Sturgell gave the green light Monday to nationwide
deployment of a system that allows aircraft to be tracked by
satellite rather than radar.
Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Steve Bowen began the fourth and
final planned spacewalk of the STS-126 mission to the International
Space Station about 20 minutes ahead of schedule, switching their
spacesuits to internal battery power at 1:24 pm EST on Monday.
2009 Begins Transition To Six-Member Crews, Reliance On Soyuz
NASA and its international partners have assigned the
International Space Station's crew members through 2010. The
numbering sequence of expeditions was modified to reflect the start
of six-person crews.
Last week, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg formally
recommended to his country's Parliament that Lockheed Martin's F-35
Lightning II be selected to fulfill Norway's future air-combat
Continued To Operate Parts Repair Business After Losing FAA
A South Carolina couple has been indicted on federal charges of
conspiracy to commit fraud involving aircraft or space vehicles,
money laundering, wire fraud and mail fraud in connection with
their operation of an aircraft parts repair business.
Online travel booking tool Virgin Charter announced Monday its
partnership with business travel procurement service GetThere,
making Virgin Charter the first private aviation solution available
to corporations using GetThere.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.24.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.24.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Busting Class E Airspace:
11.24.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller
of "Over The Airwaves".)
May Now Support Helos Operated In EU Member Nations
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (Vector), one
of the largest independent providers of helicopter maintenance,
repair and overhaul (MRO) services for customers around the world,
announces it has been granted EASA Part 145 Approval under the
terms of the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) and
associated Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP).
It's a shot across the bow for owners of diesel-powered
aircraft. In a letter sent by ExxonMobil US General Aviation
Operations Manager Martin Tippl to distributors of Jet-A fuel on
November 17, the company announced it has made the technical
decision that ExxonMobil Aviation does not support or endorse the
supply of jet fuel to aircraft powered by diesel engines.
Airport Property Ventures has been awarded a 50-year
"development lease" for improvements at the Oceanside, CA airport.
Passed by a 4-1 vote, the Oceanside City Council action marks a
major step in securing the airport's future.
A complaint filed with the Department of Transportation's Office
of the Inspector General has sparked a Federal Aviation
Administration investigation into the operation and maintenance of
helicopters used by the Maryland State Police.
Japanese Entrepreneur Disqualified For Medical Condition
Arguments were presented in federal court Friday in a lawsuit
brought against a space-tourism broker by a Japanese millionaire,
alleging the company bumped him from the flight unfairly and he
wants his money back.
Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration
completed a six-month review of a five-year noise study of
Greensboro, NC's Piedmont Triad International Airport, giving the
go-ahead for the establishment of a new mid-Atlantic FedEx cargo
"...[U]ntil such time as the Federal Aviation
Administration and the aviation fuel industry has a clearer idea of
the full effects of these issues, the ExxonMobil Aviation position
is that diesel powered aircraft should not be fueled with jet
Source: From a letter to ExxonMobil Aviation
fuel distributors from General Aviation Operations Manager Martin
Tippl, stating the company does not support or endorse the supply
of jet fuel to aircraft powered by diesel engines.