Beginning next month, engine manufacturers seeking FAA type certification for new turbine designs with inlet areas greater than 2.5 square meters (roughly 27 sq ft) will have to pass more stringent bird-ingestion tests. The amended rule–already accepted by the EASA–formalizes standards that the industry has already largely adopted, according to Marc Bouthillier of the FAA’s engine and propeller directorate.
AINalerts » October 23, 2007
The ink was scarcely dry on an FAA press release about successfully hiring new controllers when the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) said it begs to differ with the agency’s conclusions. On Friday, the FAA said it exceeded its air traffic controller staffing targets for the fiscal year that ended on September 30 by hiring more than 1,800 controllers during the year, topping the FY06 year-end total by 256 controllers.
Eclipse Aviation maintains that financial problems aren’t behind its decision on Friday to trim about 100 of its 1,500 employees. In a letter sent to employees addressing the cuts, company president and CEO Vern Raburn said, “This step was not driven by financial requirements.
“In Washington, D.C., no bad idea ever dies,” National Association of State Aviation Officials president and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski said of aviation user fees yesterday at the American Association of Airport Executives General Aviation Issues Conference in Naples, Fla.
Sentient Flight Group announced yesterday that it has agreed “in principle” to buy TAG Aviation USA’s aircraft management business from Switzerland-based TAG Aviation Holding. The deal does not seem to include TAG Aviation USA’s charter affiliate, AMI Jet Charter, which recently had its charter certificate revoked. TAG Aviation USA owns 49 percent of AMI; the rest of the company is owned by AMI executives.