Demand worldwide for private charter flights has continued along an encouraging upward curve, with the arrival of the usually busy summer season, improved year-on-year demand and the soccer World Cup tournament in South Africa all identified as driving factors. Data from online charter portal Avinode showed its demand index for June 30 reached 153.13–almost 67 points up on where it had stood on the same day last year.
AINalerts » July 1, 2010
A June editorial in GPS World magazine notes that ICAO’s marine equivalent, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has endorsed eLoran as the backup to GPS. This echoed the unanimous view of GPS industry leaders, who advocate eLoran as the best solution for all users.
Bizliner Aviation was recently established to specialize in client and vendor support to owners and operators of bizliners, namely current and out-of-production Boeing and Airbus models such as the BBJ, ACJ, 767 and other widebodies, and some of the newer, smaller entrants into the market such as the Embraer Lineage.
Another casualty of the economic downturn could be funding for necessary airport infrastructure projects, according to Kathryn Solee, director of operations for the National Association of State Aviation Officials.
The FAA has awarded contracts valued at $125 million to several manufacturers to develop and demonstrate technologies that will reduce jet aircraft fuel consumption, emissions and noise. The contracts–awarded to Boeing, General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce North America–are part of the agency’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (Cleen) program.
Proposed changes to Parts 25 and 33 address dangerous icing conditions caused by supercooled large drops including a requirement that manufacturers not only show that airplanes can operate safely in those conditions but also with specific performance and handling qualities and that “all new transport-category designs be able to fly in co