The Transportation Department’s plan to manage congestion at New York’s three area airports drew criticism from industry witnesses and members of Congress last week, and the head of the airline lobby once again used the forum to label business aviation a “significant contributor” to delays in the Northeast corridor.
AINalerts » June 24, 2008
Following the end of the comment period for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena (Calif.) Airport Authority’s plan to impose a nighttime curfew on Bob Hope Airport, the authority plans soon to submit a formal application for the curfew to go forward. If Burbank’s proposal to impose a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew is enacted, this would be the nation’s first imposition of curfew restrictions on Stage 3 jets.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) on Friday announced that it established an environment committee “to represent the general aviation manufacturing industry’s environmental policy and coordinate with other aerospace industry stakeholders and government entities.” According to GAMA, the committee will ensure that the association’s members are active participants in the discussions and policy decisions about GA’s environmenta
Piper Aircraft reports that its PiperJet prototype is making progress, with the first engine start and run to “occur shortly.” Earlier this month, the Vero Beach, Fla.-based aircraft manufacturer finished all static load testing on the single-engine jet proof-of-concept airframe. These tests consisted of applying normal loads (+3.8g to -1.5g) to the airframe.
Defying the sluggish U.S. economy, three business jet manufacturers on Friday separately announced fleet orders worth as much as a combined $3.5 billion. Fractional provider NetJets was the biggest shopper on the block that day, placing a firm order for $1.9 billion worth of Gulfstream G450s and G550s that will “significantly expand” its large-cabin fleet.