In a safety recommendation issued last Thursday (A-08-48 and A-08-49), the NTSB raised concerns about mistrim rotation characteristics in the Bombardier Challenger, following the overrun accident of a Challenger on Feb. 2, 2005, at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport.
AINalerts » July 24, 2008
While the airline and general aviation groups couldn’t be farther apart on the issue of aviation user fees, they seem to have found common ground on fuel prices. As fuel costs continue to climb, NBAA and AOPA recently joined an airline-industry-founded coalition focused on finding ways to reduce fuel prices.
The FAA today issued an InFO (information for operators) that specifies the extended duration of first- and third-class medicals for pilots under age 40. Effective today, the agency will extend the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months (five years) and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40.
A near midair collision on Monday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport that involved an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet and a Part 91-operated Bombardier Learjet 60 is under investigation by the NTSB. At 12:47 p.m. local time, the regional jet was departing Runway 32L and the Learjet–N252RP, owned and operated by Electrolux Home Products–was landing on Runway 9R.
Cleveland-based Flight Options came full circle this week when company founder Kenn Ricci returned to the helm, some six years after he sold the fractional provider. He now comes back to a flagging company in need of help, not to mention one with pilot labor problems. AIN spoke with Ricci to find out his plans for turning Flight Options around, as well as making peace with the pilots.
Gulfstream Aerospace parent General Dynamics yesterday reported a 25-percent increase in profits during the second quarter, thanks in large part to climbing sales of Gulfstream business jets. The company posted a second-quarter profit of $641 million, up from $513 million in the same period a year ago, on sales of $7.3 billion.