AINalerts » July 13, 2010

July 13, 2010 - 11:53am

Established about five years ago, the Massachusetts Legislative Aviation Caucus has been a bipartisan advocate for general aviation and the nearly 40 GA airports in the state. As membership has grown, the caucus has “gotten stronger, more effective and better organized,” according to its chairman, state Rep. Don Humason (R-Westfield).

July 13, 2010 - 11:51am

PremiAir is expanding its fixed-wing activities, by establishing a new charter and management operation at London Biggin Hill Airport, together with an additional maintenance facility.

July 13, 2010 - 11:49am

Bombardier Aerospace yesterday reached another milestone in its Learjet 85 program, having successfully built the first all-composite manufacturing validation unit (MVU) for the aircraft’s pressure vessel. It was built by the Learjet 85 structural design team in Montreal using production tooling, along with “strong support” from the program team based in Mexico.

July 13, 2010 - 11:48am

As business aircraft flight hours have increased over the last year, so too have turboprop accidents, according to first-half statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based business aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. The turboprop segment saw 24 crashes in the first half, up from 14 in the first six months of last year. Of those 24 accidents, three were fatal, resulting in seven deaths.

July 13, 2010 - 11:46am

Prompted by a March 1 request from NBAA, the FAA late last week released a proposed legal interpretation that would revise “broad prohibition on pro rata reimbursement for the cost of owning, operating and maintaining a company aircraft when used for routine personal travel by senior company officials and employees under certain conditions.” This issue has been looming since 1993 when the FAA issued the “Schwab Interpretation,” which prohibits


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