Most of the U.S. executive charter sector showed a marked improvement in fortunes last month compared with the same period last year, according to the latest data from online charter booking portal CharterX. Midsize jets showed the strongest improvement–up 22 percent over January 2009, with 16,844 hours flown last month.
AINalerts » February 9, 2010
The FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week certified the Gulfstream G150 for a steep-approach angle of up to six degrees versus the normal approach angles of 3.5 degrees or less. Several airports worldwide–including London City Airport–require steep-approach certification to land at their facilities due to terrain, obstacles or local noise ordinances.
The FAA has responded positively to a report from the RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force, which the agency had requested to recommend key steps to ensure a smooth transition to the full NextGen environment by 2018.
Bombardier on Friday announced that it logged 85 negative net orders for its Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets in the fiscal year ending January 31. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer also delivered 176 business jets last year, compared with 235 for the same period in 2008. By model line, it delivered 44 Learjets last year versus 70 in FY08, 82 Challengers (115) and 50 Globals (50).
Just four days after being buried by record snowfall in the Washington, D.C. area, business aviation in the nation’s capital is bracing itself today for another four to eight inches. Reagan National Airport recorded 16.4 inches of snow on Friday and into Saturday, and reports from outlying areas were in excess of two feet of the white stuff.
Making good on testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee in December, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to back off from tougher security rules for general aviation that were first proposed in October 2008.