Over the last several months, the FAA has redesigned its Web site so that it’s easier to use, better organized, carries more information and introduces several new features.
AINalerts » May 4, 2006
The FAA’s funding stream being tied to the price of an airline ticket is not sufficient or reliable enough to fund the agency and “a new funding mechanism” is required, according to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. In a speech at a recent meeting in San Diego of the American Association of Airport Executives, Blakey said, “The FAA needs a consistent, reliable funding stream.
Zurich-based startup JetBird announced it ordered 50 Phenom 100s, a very light jet under development by Embraer, for a planned European on-demand air taxi service. The $140-million contract includes an option to purchase 50 additional aircraft over five years and allows JetBird to convert its positions into either the four-passenger Phenom 100 or the nine-passenger Phenom 300, a light jet also under development by Embraer.
As a result of its investigation into the Montrose accident, the NTSB recommended that the FAA “develop visual and tactile training aids” that show small amounts of contamination on upper wing surfaces, then require all commercial operators to incorporate the aids into their training programs.
The NTSB Tuesday issued its determination regarding the stall and fatal crash of a Challenger 600 during takeoff from Montrose, Colo., on Nov, 28, 2004. According to the Safety Board, the crash was caused by ice and snow on the wings that the pilots had failed to detect and remove. A factor was the crew’s lack of experience in winter weather conditions, the NTSB said.