AINalerts » May 29, 2008

May 29, 2008 - 11:50am

The failure of a Russian Proton rocket in March has thrown the schedule for the launch of Inmarsat’s third and final I4 communications satellite into question, according to Inmarsat officials speaking today at a satellite user conference in San Diego. The third satellite supporting SwiftBroadband aero data and voice services will be positioned over the Pacific Ocean region, completing the I4 coverage network.

May 29, 2008 - 11:49am

The PiperJet prototype appears poised to make an on-schedule first flight in the next two months as static testing winds down on the airplane. As of yesterday, the jet single’s bonded metal wing and horizontal tail sections were tethered to a static test rig via a series of cables, looking much like a marionette. But those cables will be shed in about a week before the jet single is prepped for first flight.

May 29, 2008 - 11:46am

At the EBACE show in Geneva last week, Cirrus Design’s full-size mockup of its single-engine (and yet-to-be-named) jet enjoyed a prominent spot in Hall 7 next to the long-established business jet manufacturers.

May 29, 2008 - 11:43am

After issuing emergency orders of revocation, the FAA agreed to rescind its revocation of Tulsa, Okla.-based Southwest Aviation Specialties’ repair station certificate and the A&P certificate held by general manager David Guzman. The agency issued the emergency order of revocation on March 17 after launching the investigation in October 2006, according to Guzman.

May 29, 2008 - 11:43am

Piper Aircraft’s two-year search for a new home came full circle yesterday afternoon when the company announced it will stay in Vero Beach, Fla. Just minutes after the big announcement, AIN sat down with Piper president and CEO James Bass to find out why the aircraft manufacturer chose Vero Beach over Albuquerque, N.M., and Oklahoma City, the other finalists.

May 29, 2008 - 11:41am

Piper Aircraft yesterday afternoon made it official that the aircraft manufacturer is staying put in Vero Beach, Fla., following a two-year site-selection process that pitted Vero against Albuquerque, N.M., and Oklahoma City. Piper president and CEO James Bass and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist jointly made the announcement before the company’s 1,200 workers, who enthusiastically cheered the decision to stay in Indian River County.


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