The FAA today released a new fact sheet, “Safer Flying in Icing Conditions,” to remind operators that aircraft icing is a “continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small planes to jumbo jets.” To combat icing-related accidents, the FAA is employing a multi-pronged approach to icing issues, using immediate safety actions and longer-term rule changes.
AINalerts » November 8, 2007
At a closed-to-the-press meeting between FAA officials and attendees of the NATA Aviation Business Roundtable on Monday, NATA president James Coyne accused the FAA of sowing confusion about operational control issues and carrying out a vendetta against AMI Jet Charter. “It was almost blood-boiling,” Coyne recalled.
Eclipse Aviation’s Avio NG avionics suite remains on schedule for FAA certification in mid-November, according to an Eclipse spokesman, and an Eclipse 500 fleet customer told AIN, “We believe that Avio NG will be certified this month.” Eclipse investor Mike Press, who owns an Eclipse 500 and sells Eclipse positions, wrote on his Web site that certification testing has begun and the first Eclipse 500 with Avio NG, S/N 105, is in production and
Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft yesterday reported third-quarter pre-tax profits of $62.1 million and quarterly aircraft sales of $871 million, resulting in a backlog of $5.2 billion. The company delivered 75 business airplanes (10 Hawker 850XPs, eight 900XPs, 12 400XPs, five Premier IAs and 40 King Airs) in the third quarter, up slightly from the 72 business turboprops and jets shipped in the year-ago period.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter shipment and billings report today, and the news is good for the business aviation industry. Compared with the same quarter last year, total shipments rose 1.7 percent, to 2,909 aircraft, while industry billings climbed to $15.1 billion, an increase of 14.1 percent.