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Discussion in 'General Topics' started by dustoff17, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. dustoff17

    dustoff17 Well-Known Member

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    Rumor has it that the FAA closed them down today. I understand that thier certificate was yanked. Any confirmation out there?

    I hope it IS just a rumor for the sake of the employees...
  2. Itchy

    Itchy Well-Known Member

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  3. skydisaster

    skydisaster Well-Known Member

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    http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-n...avantair-fleet-grounding-apparently-continues


    The voluntary fleet grounding at Avantair apparently is continuing into its sixth day. Avantair told AIN earlier this week that it stood down its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avantis on Saturday to conduct safety checks. According to sources, the action was prompted by a July 28 incident in which an Avantair Avanti shed an elevator in flight. On Tuesday, Avantair reported that 40 of its aircraft were back in service, but data from flight-tracking website FlightAware shows that none of the company’s aircraft are in the air today, suggesting the entire fleet is again grounded. Avantair was not available for comment at press time.
  4. HVYMETALDRVR

    HVYMETALDRVR Well-Known Member

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    Craziness. Old friend of mine was a ramper there, told me some pretty brow raising stories, outside of the airplanes being MX hogs...
  5. dustoff17

    dustoff17 Well-Known Member

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    A pilot I used to fly with just called and asked if I knew of any Piaggio jobs. According to him, all of the employees were cut lose today.
  6. skydisaster

    skydisaster Well-Known Member

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    http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/10/25/4366531/avantair-update-on-voluntary-stand.html

    CLEARWATER, FLA. — Avantair, Inc. (OTCBB: AAIR), today announced the company is continuing to stand down operations and engaging top aviation experts to help complete a thorough examination of its fleet of nearly 60 Piaggio Avanti aircraft, and a comprehensive review of records and supporting maintenance documentation. The voluntary action is being taken in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration.

    “For the past week, we have been undertaking extensive inspections of our fleet and our operating procedures. These inspections and other actions are still underway. But this further action is necessary to ensure every aspect of our operation will allow us to reach the next level of safety and performance and exceed the highest industry standard,” said Steven Santo, Avantair CEO.

    “We are enhancing our maintenance and operational infrastructure so that it surpasses every standard that applies to the aircraft we fly. With our new processes and procedures, Avantair will satisfy the heightened requirements governing the largest aircraft types in our industry. When we resume operations, we will have the most reliable fleet in our industry embracing the highest standards in aviation,” said Mr. Santo.

    Avantair has retained safety expert Nick Sabatini to oversee the project. Mr. Sabatini previously was the top career official at the FAA.

    “We know this is an extremely difficult period for our loyal employees and frustrating to our devoted owners,” said Mr. Santo. “We are grateful for their understanding and patience as we work through this important process. We are confident we are laying the groundwork necessary to offer outstanding service and reliability going forward.”
  7. Murdoughnut

    Murdoughnut Well sized member

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    Would be bad news for our area.
  8. z987k

    z987k Other Barry.

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    Did the loss of elevator result in a crash?
  9. Inverted

    Inverted You can snap roll anything, once...

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    FlyByWire22 Well-Known Member

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    No, but they managed to fly the whole flight without it. They only lost part of it, if I remember correctly.
  11. z987k

    z987k Other Barry.

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    Did they not notice in the air? If not, that's impressive.
  12. tlewis95

    tlewis95 I drive planez.

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    From what I remember they didn't notice at all. I think the article said it was noticed to be missing on the postflight inspection and that it flew fine. I also think they noticed a slightly higher Aoa in cruise but could be mistaken (with all of this...) will try to find the story in a bit.
  13. z987k

    z987k Other Barry.

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    Mx log -

    Elevator missing.

    Mx action - Deferred in accordance with MEL blah blah.
    inigo88, KHanson, Vector4Food and 5 others like this.
  14. Roger Roger

    Roger Roger Dangerous

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    I'd be really interested to know what's actually going on here. If there is anything I have learned from interacting with the FAA way more than I would like it's that there is always more to the story than meets the eye.
  15. z987k

    z987k Other Barry.

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    That and the FAA does nothing fast unless it will screw you over, then they'll get right on it.
  16. HVYMETALDRVR

    HVYMETALDRVR Well-Known Member

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    That sucks. Hopefully it's only temporary, I can imagine they don't want to pay salary to everyone while they figure this out.
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    gne in prog Well-Known Member

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    Or unless they messed up.
  19. SpiraMirabilis

    SpiraMirabilis Possible Subversive

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    No:
    Mx action -- most of it there, ground check OK. Aircraft RTS
  20. BEEF SUPREME

    BEEF SUPREME Well-Known Member

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    What! That is terrible! If there is any way I can help any Avantair pilots if this is really the case I will.

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