I have to admit that the Robinson revolution passed me by. I graduated from flight school in the U.S. Army in 1978, the year before the first R22 was certified. After seven years in the army, my civilian career path led directly to multi-engine turbine helicopters, a world apart from single-engine pistons.
AINalerts » January 3, 2008
After a year-long effort with the FAA, fractional provider NetJets and avionics maker Honeywell, Gulfstream yesterday secured FAA approval for its PlaneView cockpit system in the G350, G450, G500 and G550 to fly Required Navigation Performance Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (RNP SAAAR) approaches.
Eclipse Aviation rang in the New Year by announcing that it produced and certified 103 Eclipse 500s last year, and the manufacturer delivered all but a handful of these very light jets before the ball dropped in Times Square on Monday night.
A Senate hearing on the nomination of acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell to become the next permanent head of the agency was canceled at the last minute on December 20. Committee aides blamed Senate fatigue and the approaching holidays for the confirmation delay. Others charged that it was politics and Congress’s penchant for micromanaging the FAA. Sen.
The FAA’s scrutiny of Part 135 operational control has spurred an interest in operational control of Part 91 business jets.