AINalerts » May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014 - 3:50pm

Dassault Aviation joined the Falcon 5X’s main center fuselage subassemblies–the front and rear lower subassemblies and the upper subassembly–in mid-April, the company announced on Thursday. This is a milestone for the 5,200-nm wide-cabin twinjet, which the French OEM expects to fly in the first half of next year and enter service in 2017.

May 6, 2014 - 3:35pm

Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventory as a percentage of in-service aircraft continued to fall in March, though pricing has yet to find a floor, according to data released yesterday by aviation services firm JetNet. Inventory of used business jets fell 1 percent year-over-year, to 12.1 percent, the third lowest since 2005, JetNet said. Pre-owned turboprop inventory barely managed a decrease, falling just 0.1 percent to 7.7 percent from March 2013.

May 6, 2014 - 3:30pm

The city of Santa Monica has embarked on a two-prong approach to step up its efforts to curtail flight operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Southern California. This latest effort from the city’s airport commission on Wednesday addressed legal issues surrounding a proposed recommendation to limit emissions from aircraft operating at SMO.

May 6, 2014 - 3:25pm

Mubadala Aerospace, an entity owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, has taken full control of Italy’s Piaggio Aero, maker of the Avanti II turboprop. Mubadala has been a shareholder in Piaggio Aero since 2006.

May 6, 2014 - 3:20pm

SyberJet Aircraft celebrated the groundbreaking for a new completion and delivery center on Thursday at Cedar City (Utah) Regional Airport, where its SJ30 light jets will be finished and delivered to customers. SyberJet owner MSC Aerospace also owns the adjacent Metalcraft Technologies, a long-time manufacturer of metal aircraft and turbine engine components, including about 70 percent of the SJ30’s airframe structure.

May 6, 2014 - 3:15pm

Aviation associations are mourning the loss of former Rep. Jim Oberstar, a staunch advocate for general aviation (GA) who represented Minnesota’s 8th district for a quarter century. His district included Cirrus Aircraft. Oberstar died on Friday at the age of 79.

May 6, 2014 - 3:10pm

Robinson Helicopter received EASA certification for its R66 on Wednesday, four years after the FAA approved the turbine helicopter. With this latest approval, Robinson said it is now able to begin delivering R66s in its current backlog of European orders and focus on strengthening its presence in this market. Two-thirds of the company’s sales typically come from non-U.S.

May 6, 2014 - 3:05pm

AOPA and Jeppesen announced a new partnership that will support many of the programs that “educate and engage” AOPA pilot members across the U.S. Under the agreement, Jeppesen will support and participate in AOPA Foundation Air Safety Institute seminars, the 2014 regional AOPA fly-ins and the association’s 75th anniversary “Homecoming” Fly-In at its Frederick, Md. headquarters.

AOPA members will benefit from Jeppesen’s support through AOPA Air Safety Institute seminars, which qualify as the ground portion of the FAA Wings program.

May 6, 2014 - 3:00pm

Several aviation industry groups, including NBAA, expressed strong support for two Senate security bills: S.1893, the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act; and S.1804, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act. The former would streamline the TSA’s acquisition process and allow for better congressional oversight of TSA resources.

May 6, 2014 - 2:55pm

The FAA announced today that the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site is the second of six to become operational. It has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a certificate of waiver or authorization (COA) authorizing flights by an Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS test range in Fairbanks. The COA is effective for two years, and the team began wildlife flight operations today.

 

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