The three-day 2014 NBAA Convention, which concluded on Thursday in Orlando, Fla., “was an enormous success, filled with announcements and product introductions,” according to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The exhibit floor and aircraft displays had lots of activity and excitement. Education sessions were informative and well attended. The event once again showcased the industry’s size, diversity and significance.”
AINalerts » October 28, 2014
On October 17 the FAA formally rejected Bell Helicopter’s appeal of a 2012 agency decision denying the company a type certification exemption to the 7,000-pound maximum weight limit under FAR Part 27 (normal-category rotorcraft) for the Bell 429 light twin. Bell certified the helicopter under Part 27 in 2009 and has delivered more than 200 since.
The business aviation community came together last week in support of the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the industry charity that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment in empty seats on business aircraft. At this year’s annual NBAA/CAN Soiree, held last Wednesday during the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., the silent and live auctions raised $380,000 for the charity. The event was capped by a live performance by rock group Three Dog Night.
New York City-based Apollo Jets became the first Argus Certified Charter Broker last week after proving compliance, via an on-site audit, with “a recognized set of industry best practices.” It also had to demonstrate knowledge and compliance with any “applicable regulations or standards that are imposed upon a charter broker,” Argus added.
The FAA is reviewing another complaint claiming that the town of Norwood, Mass., through the Norwood Airport Commission, is in violation of federal grant obligations for allegedly discriminating against Boston Executive Helicopter’s (BEH) long-planned FBO at Norwood Memorial Airport.
To combat the spread of Ebola, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has mandated that all flights to the U.S. carrying people who have recently traveled to, from or through the disease-stricken West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone must first land at one of five designated entry points, which are now implementing enhanced screening protocols. The five major airports are New York John F.
Completion and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, announced a joint-venture agreement with China-based Sparkle Roll Technik (SRT) that focuses on business jet cabin modifications and maintenance. The first project, scheduled to begin this week, will see eight China B-registered Bombardier CRJ200s (procured by SRT) converted from commuter to executive interiors mirroring the Challenger 850. The first conversions will be performed at Flying Colours’ Peterborough facility and are expected to take eight months each.
Textron Aviation subsidiary Beechcraft’s Hawker 400XPR winglet has completed testing and is now certified. Thus, the company’s Hawker winglets are now available for installation on Beechjet 400A/400XPs at Textron Aviation service centers. The lightweight winglets come with a two-year warranty and LED position lights with 5,000-hour average lifetime. By increasing wing surface area, the winglets improve low-speed handling and stability at higher flight levels. They also augment the light jet’s range by 3 to 4 percent, according to preliminary performance data.
The NTSB has extended the comment period until this Friday on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to reorganize its Part 831 accident investigation procedures into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. In addition, the Safety Board wants to allow investigation participants to share information with supervisors for the purpose of improving safety without prior permission from the NTSB.
Voyager Jet Center at Allegheny County Airport in Pittsburgh, Pa., started construction this week on an 8,000-sq-ft FBO terminal and attached 18,000-sq-ft hangar. When it opens in the spring, the new terminal will provide a passenger waiting area and amenities, private pilot lounge and sleep rooms and ramp-accessible Wi-Fi. The connected “eco-friendly” hangar will have skylights for natural lighting, LED lighting and advanced fire suppression. Voyager Jet, which pumps Avfuel-branded jet-A and 100LL, also has a newly expanded ramp that can accommodate a bizliner.
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