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  • Finnish Air Force opts for PC-12 liaison fleet

    Finland's air force has selected the Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop to replace six Piper Chieftain aircraft. In a statement ,...

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  • Western Air targets abandoned Air Jamaica routes

    News | 25 Mar 2010 21:16 | Megan Kuhn

    <p>Bahamian carrier Western Air seeks to grow its scheduled international network beyond two forthcoming Jamaican routes being abandoned by Air Jamaica.</p><p>The...
  • Finnish Air Force opts for PC-12 liaison fleet

    News | 24 Apr 2009 13:18 | Niall O'Keeffe

    Finland's air force has selected the Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop to replace six Piper Chieftain aircraft. In a statement ,...
  • Arpey: The American Airlines way

    News | 01 Dec 2004 00:00 | David Field

    <P><STRONG>A youthful leader sees culture change as the way to find enough savings, and enough unity at long-fractious American Airlines, to weather the crisis</STRONG></P> <P>When Gerard Arpey "got this job" at American Airlines, as he likes to say of his unexpected promotion after predecessor Don Carty was forced out in early 2003, one of the first things he did was sell the modern art that had decorated the halls of the airline's headquarters. He replaced it with photos from American's archives of events in the history of the airline and its predecessors. </P> <P>Pointing to a view of Charles Lindbergh in the cockpit of an aircraft of one of American's forebears, Arpey says that the previous interior design had lacked such a sense of connection: "If you walked around here, you couldn't tell you were at an airline. It could have been a potato chip company for all you could tell." It is this focus on airline fundamentals that illuminates everything Arpey has done in his 18 months on t
  • Northern exposure

    News | 30 Jun 2003 23:00

    <p>GRAHAM WARWICK / WASHINGTON DC</p> <p>The first certificated synthetic-vision flight displays face the ultimate test with general aviation operators plying the mountains and fjords of south-east Alaska</p> <p>Alaska is a tough testing ground for aviation technology. But the US state's challenging and isolated flying environment makes it an ideal laboratory for the operational evaluation of avionics advances intended to improve general aviation safety. Given the atmospheric and topographic hazards routinely faced by Alaskan operators, any technology that improves their safety record should benefit general aviation in more benign environments, where weather and terrain continue to be major causes of accidents.</p> <p>Alaskan pilots are the first to gain operational experience with a new generation of electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) designed to improve situational awareness and help avoid controlled flight into terrain and inadvertent entry into instrument meteorological
  • Fatal Whyalla Airlines crash investigation to reopen

    News | 03 Dec 2002 00:00

    <p>The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is to re-open its investigation into the crash of a Whyalla Airlines Piper Chieftain on 31 May, 2000,which killed the pilot and all seven passengers in a night ditching following a double engine failure.</p> <p>It is now known that one of the aircraft's crankshafts comes from a batch identified in a Textron Lycoming mandatory service bulletin published after the accident about engines possibly affected by a materials problem in manufacture.</p> <p>Although several similar incidents in the USA have been blamed on faulty materials, Whyalla was the first fatal accident linked to Textron Lycoming's recall of crankshafts. The ATSB had originally attributed the failure to high combustion pressure caused by pre-ignition and the manufacturer's use of an anti-galling compound at assembly.</p> <p>Meanwhile an expert witness at a coroner's inquiry has stated that the crankshaft failure in the left engine was probably caused by faulty manufacture
  • Silesian aims for September launch

    News | 08 Jul 2002 23:00

    <p>RYSZARD JAXA-MALACHOWSKI / WARSAW</p> <p>Polish start-up Silesian Air is finalising its licence and approval process as it prepares to launch regional operations with a Let L-410.</p> <p>The airline was set up last November by regional investors, including local authorities and the Upper Silesian aviation society, to provide regional passenger and cargo services from the southern industrial city of Katowice. It is in the final stage of certification with a September launch date.</p> <p>Silesian has a single L-410 for passenger services, but also flies a Piper Chieftain. Four Raytheon Beech 1900Ds will be leased by the end of this year, enabling the airline to accelerate network development. </p> <p>Planned domestic routes include Lodz, Poznan, Szczecin and Wroclaw. The airline aims to operate flights to Dortmund, Monchengladbach and Rotterdam, and is eyeing Antwerp, Augsburg and Brussels Charleroi. Expansion will include flights to northern Slovakia, following an agreement with