After debating Grand Canyon air-tour noise for eight years, the Grand Canyon Working Group (GCWG) has left the issue to the National Park Service (NPS), which often supports environmentalist positions. At a recent meeting the GCWG disagreed on NPS alternatives, including a seasonal shift in air-tour corridors by alternatively closing the Zuni and Dragon corridors, which are now open concurrently.
AINalerts » September 10, 2009
Honeywell has started flight testing a technology that merges the view of an infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) with that of a synthetic-vision system (SVS) to give pilots a new way of seeing the world at night or in poor visibility. The company said this week that it has completed about 25 hours of evaluations in a Cessna Citation V and a Sovereign fitted with forward-looking IR sensors and its SmartView SVS.
“We’ve felt a more positive vibe on business jets recently, with used inventory ticking down slightly and flight operations edging upward,” JPMorgan Equity Research aerospace analyst Joseph Nadol III said this week.
During a Textron business update yesterday, company chairman and CEO Lewis Campbell said he is seeing trends of economic stabilization, though he admitted that subsidiary Cessna Aircraft is still “fighting its way through the most difficult down cycle, maybe in the history of the business jet industry.” While he added that 2010 is going to be a “tough year” for Cessna, he believes that the business jet business is “very strong” over the longer