Gulfstream G650 S/N 6005–the fifth and final flight-test iteration of the new wide-cabin business jet–lifted off yesterday for the first time, flying for 2+46. The five G650s in the program have now surpassed 1,100 hours of flight testing. On its first flight, S/N 6005 launched from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 12:07 p.m., eventually reaching Mach 0.94 and 51,000 feet before landing at 2:53 p.m.
AINalerts » January 25, 2011
GPS designers understood from the beginning that the system’s weak signals would be vulnerable to inadvertent or deliberate interference, with the threat formally recognized by the DOT’s Volpe Center in Cambridge, Mass., on Sept. 10, 2001�one day before 9/11. Since that time, the Department of Defense has run annual all-altitude tests�over the Western U.S.
The U.S. Court of Appeals issued a ruling last Friday that halted the City of Santa Monica’s attempt to ban large jets from using Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport (SMO). The ruling was based on a review of the FAA’s rejection of the city’s ban against category C and D jets, which have approach speeds of 121 knots or more. Only about 7 percent of SMO operations fall into these two categories.
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling yesterday set the bar high for the X4, the company’s next-generation medium twin that is billed as a replacement for the AS365 Dauphin/EC155. He promised the X4 will be “a game changer,” offering “a new way of flying.” The cockpit will be different from that of today’s helicopters, Eurocopter said.
Both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association have called on the FAA to initiate a full rewrite of the Part 135 flight, duty and rest rules instead of relying on a new interpretation of flight time. NBAA said the FAA’s proposal to require a flight-by-flight determination of remaining duty time is too significant for implementation simply by a notice of proposed interpretation.
Emivest Aerospace is asking that its court-administered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection be extended through midsummer while it tries to complete the sale of its assets to an entity owned by the Chinese government. Last week, attorneys for the maker of the SJ30 light jet filed a motion with the U.S.