Thanks to Part 91 operators, overall U.S. business aircraft flight activity eked out a 0.5-percent increase last month versus a year ago, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Part 91 activity rose a healthy 6 percent year-over-year, but the Part 135 charter and Part 91K fractional segments both saw activity fall by 7.2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.
AINalerts » February 15, 2011
The FAA has authorized Executive Jet Management (EJM) to replace paper terminal charts with Apple iPad-based Class 1 electronic flight bags (EFBs) running Jeppesen’s Mobile TC chart display app. Jeppesen decompression-tested the iPad, and EJM conducted interference testing to meet requirements in FAA 8900.1.
A Gulfstream V managed by New York City-based Arcadia Aviation was seized last week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the flight crew and passengers are being held by authorities, according to news reports. The jet, N886DT, is registered to Southlake Aviation of Irving, Texas. The reports mention large amounts of cash being used to buy gold, but thus far no official information on the situation has been released.
Dassault Falcon received FAA operational certification for the Falcon 7X’s enhanced vision system (EVS) late last week. The real-time head-up display (HUD) of terrain and airport environment–which increases pilot situational awareness in low-visibility situations such as in fog, haze, snow or at night–was approved by the EASA in July.
The annual limit on movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport will rise incrementally from 28,000 to 50,000 between now and 2019.