At today’s annual financial analyst meeting, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne announced record results for the second consecutive year for Falcons. Last year the company recorded firm sales for 158 jets, including an order from NetJets Europe for 24 Falcon 7X trijets. “Driven by growth outside North America, the worldwide market for business jets remained impressive in 2006,” said Edelstenne.
Jeffrey Sands, director of flight operations for Altria, disclosed results of his company’s participation in a Flight Safety Foundation demonstration of a flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) program. Altria has two years of results from its three Gulfstream IV-SPs, using data downloaded from the airplane’s quick access recorder (QAR) sent to data-analysis vendor Austin Digital.
With one congressman calling it “dead on arrival,” the FAA yesterday released its new proposal for financing the agency over the next 10 years, a plan that would more than triple general aviation fuel taxes, from 21.8 cents per gallon to 70 cents per gallon, and create a mishmash of new and/or higher fees for such things as pilot licensing, aircraft certifications and other services.
A public survey by the DOT and Homeland Security drew more than 900 responses about whether Loran should be kept operational or shut down.
Responding to a request by Boeing, the FAA has extended the comment deadline from today to April 16 on its proposal amending digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit “filtering” of signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded.
The recent Middle East Business Aviation conference (MEBA) in Dubai on January 31 and February 1 and the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) in Hong Kong on February 6 and 7 pulled in an estimated 5,200 combined attendees. This was the inaugural show for MEBA, which is held by the new Middle East Business Aviation Association. The event drew 90 exhibitors and more than 30 aircraft on static display.
Initial findings from German aviation authorities on the crash of a Grob Aerospace SPn Utility Jet prototype say flutter might have played a role in the Nov. 29, 2006 accident. According to a report from the manufacturer, the German Federal Bureau of Air Accident Investigation said that parts of the twinjet’s tail control surfaces were found some 1,300 feet from the impact site, indicating the aircraft shed them in flight.
Shipments of general aviation aircraft last year increased significantly over 2005, resulting in another record high in billings and an all-time high in business jet deliveries.
Large transport airplanes operated under Parts 91, 121 and 125 are the subject of an extensive proposal that realigns the design, installation and maintenance requirements of fuel tank system electrical wiring with already-adopted new regulations covering maintenance and inspections of fuel tanks themselves.
TAG Aviation on Monday opened an FBO at Torrejon Airport in Madrid. The company already has FBOs in Farnborough, UK, and Berlin, in addition to its headquarters in Geneva, plus executive aircraft charter and management operations in the U.S.