AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

FAA ISSUES DIRECTIVE

ON DC-10 CONTROLSWASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a proposed airworthiness directive that would require modification of the McDonnell Douglas Corp. DC-10's hydraulic system to prevent loss of control in the event of major damage to the system.

The modification would preserve enough hydraulic power following damage to the system to enable the flight crew to safely fly and land the airplane. It would have to be made within six months on the DC-10-10 and within a year on all other models of the DC-10.

The modification was previously proposed by McDonnell Douglas, the manufacturer. It recently was flight tested by the FAA and proved workable.

AIRTRAN CORP. EXPECTS

FOURTH-QUARTER LOSS

MINNEAPOLIS - AirTran Corp., parent of Mesaba Aviation Inc., said it expects to report a net loss in the range of 5 to 10 cents a share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 1990 ending March 31.

The carrier, which operates as Northwest Airlink at Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Detroit and Milwaukee airports, said the impact of adverse weather on March traffic and increased operating expenses associated with Mesaba's major expansion into the Detroit market during the past year contributed to the poor results.

Despite the anticipated loss for the fourth quarter, the company said it expects that fiscal 1990 still will be a year of record profitability.

ANSETT OF AUSTRALIA

SELECTS P&W ENGINES

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services of Australia has selected Pratt & Whitney PW2000 engines to power 10 Boeing Co. 757 aircraft.

The Australian aircraft leasing concern will purchase 20 installed and three spare PW2037 engines. The value of the order is approximately $130 million. The engines will be delivered between late 1992 and 1995.

Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp.