Press Release – FAA Issues Emergency Order of Revocation Against MARPAT Aviation

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against MARPAT Aviation of Switzer, W. Va. for allegedly violating Federal Aviation Regulations related to holding a Rotorcraft External-Load Operator Certificate.

The FAA alleges MARPAT conducted external load operations in support of firefighting when it was not qualified to do so. External load operations involve using cables to hoist, lower and carry objects or people.

According to the FAA, the company failed to have a qualified chief pilot, falsified an application for renewal of its Rotorcraft External-Load Operator Certificate and refused to comply with repeated FAA instructions to amend its flight manual. The company operated the aircraft in a careless or reckless manner that endangered lives or property, the FAA alleges.

The Emergency Order of Revocation is effective immediately, and the company cannot conduct external load flights while the emergency order is in effect.

MARPAT surrendered its certificate.

FAA release

Airbus Group open for business at MSPO

- Major presence at Poland’s prestigious defence show
- Products on display tailored to Poland’s requirements, including two frontline battlefield helicopters: the combat-proven EC725 Caracal and the Tiger HAD attack helicopter…

Published by Eurocopter

Rockwell Collins do Brazil plans to expand its São José dos Campos facilities

São José dos Campos, Brazil (Aug. 28, 2014) -  Rockwell Collins do Brazil today announced plans to double the size of its facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Work on the expansion is expected to begin in 2014.

“This expansion will bring new engineering and service capabilities to our customers in the region and will enable Rockwell Collins do Brazil to pursue and capture more commercial and military programs,” said Nelson Aquino, managing director, Rockwell Collins do Brazil.

Rockwell Collins do Brazil has maintained a presence in Brazil for 40 years supporting military and civil aircraft operators and manufacturers with avionics and aircraft system solutions, communications and electronic systems and services. The company’s service center in São José dos Campos has been critical for meeting local customers’ needs, including aircraft manufacturers Embraer and Helibras.

Rockwell Collins do Brazil has increased its employee base in Brazil by 50 percent over the last three years, adding engineers, program managers, service technicians and business development personnel in order to better support customers, partners and programs in Brazil.

This expansion is driven by the company’s strategy to invest in Brazil and grow its presence and activities in the country, especially in the Brazilian defense market segment.

Business highlights of Rockwell Collins do Brazil include:

  • Embraer’s selection of Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® integrated flight deck for the KC-390 is bringing some of the most advanced technology in aviation to Brazil, as well as jobs and contributions to local communities. The company recently completed on-time delivery of its Pro Line Fusion flight test software to Embraer for the KC-390.
  • FT Sistemas recently selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Micro Inertial Navigation Sensor (INS) for the Horus 100, a hand-launched UAV to be deployed by the Brazilian Armed Forces. Deliveries take place this year.
  • In February 2014, Rockwell Collins delivered its first “made in Brazil” radio, the HF-9087D airborne radio, to Helibras for the EC 725 helicopter.  In addition, the company is providing testing and repair of high frequency radios in the country.
  • Rockwell Collins’ Talon™ radio was selected by the Brazilian Army as the standard airborne communications for its helicopters in 2013.
  • The Super Tucano from Embraer, equipped with Rockwell Collins’ communications and navigation systems, is operating throughout Latin America including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and the Dominican Republic.
  • Embraer’s new mid-light Legacy 450 and mid-size Legacy 500 executive jets are equipped with Rockwell Collins’ advanced Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system.
  • Latin American airlines utilize Rockwell Collins’ avionics, cabin systems and service solutions, such as Brazil’s TAM and GOL, Chile’s LAN, Mexico’s Aeromexico and Volaris, Panama’s COPA, and Argentina’s Aerolineas and Avianca.


a Rockwell Collins publication

Embraer signs maintenance agreement for Rolls-Royce AE3007 engines in Brazil

Published by Embraer

Imperium and Barfield Announce Distribution Agreement

Global Distributor of Ground Support Test Equipment Will Market Imperium’s NDT Products

a AFI -KLM publication

Boeing Statement on F-15C Crash near Deerfield Valley, Va.

Original article from Boeing

Boeing, Xiamen Airlines Celebrate Airline's First 787 Dreamliner Delivery

First widebody airplane for all-Boeing airline

Original article from Boeing

Aircraft set to become more human as engineers develop smart skins which can detect injury

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like ‘skin’, enabling the detection of injury or damage and the ability to ‘feel’ the world around them.

BAE Systems

Qantas reports record annual loss

Australia’s national flag carrier Qantas reports a net loss of A$2.8bn for the year ending in June – a record annual loss for the airline.

Original article from the BBC

Germanwings pilots set to strike

Pilots at low-cost airline Germanwings will strike on Friday if an agreement is not reached with parent Lufthansa over retirement plans, their union says.

Original article from the BBC

Malaysia Airlines expects more losses

Malaysia Airlines says the full financial impact of the two tragedies to hit the company will be seen in the second half of the year.

Original article from the BBC

Japan Airlines to Add Up to 27 E-Jets to its Fleet

Published by Embraer

Cobham Enables Airbus A400M Air-to-Air Refuelling Flight Demonstrations

Cobham’s 908E air to air refuelling pods have successfully demonstrated the ability to transfer fuel from the Airbus A400M to a Spanish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet with a series of probe to drogue contacts during recent flight trials in Seville, Spain….


Boeing to Highlight Combat Helicopters and KC-46 Tanker at MSPO Exhibition in Poland

Visitors will be able to experience the KC-46 air refueling operator station

Original article from Boeing

Boeing, Silk Way Airlines Celebrate Delivery of Two 747-8 Freighters

New freighters will allow Azerbaijan-based airline to carry cargo more efficiently

Original article from Boeing

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