According to David Wyndham, an owning partner of Orleans, Mass.-based aircraft cost data analyst Conklin & de Decker, there are five reasons why a buyer should wait until “around S/N 75 or later” to buy a “full clean-sheet design.” Reason one is that the new design might have “unproven new technologies” that can “delay certification or cause structural changes in the design.” Reason two is that “integrating new systems can cause difficulti
AINalerts » December 19, 2006
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued long-awaited final amendments to oil and fuel spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) rules. Facilities that store oil and fuel must still have SPCC plans implemented by Oct. 31, 2007; however, the EPA proposed an extension to July 1, 2009, for facilities that had SPCC plans amended after July 16, 2002.
An NTSB safety recommendation issued last week that calls for airline pilots to cross-check heading references ends with a notation from Safety Board member Kathryn O’Leary Higgins that highlights its failure to include Part 91 and Part 135 operators.
Although the FAA allowed only 30 days for comments on the proposed Special FAR mandating Mitsubishi MU-2 pilot training, 72 comments were submitted to the docket. The SFAR will require all MU-2 pilots to obtain initial/transition, requalification, recurrent and/or differences training.
Certification of the Grob SPn Utility Jet will be delayed by a few months, according to a statement released last week, 16 days after the fatal crash of the company’s No. 2 prototype that killed chief test pilot Gerard Guillaumaud. “We hope to be able to continue with flight test shortly,” said Grob CEO Niall Olver.