Dassault recently wrapped up flight-testing that would see its Falcon 7X become the first certified business jet to operate at the world’s highest commercial airport–14,470-foot-high Daocheng Yading Airport in China’s Sichuan province. The certification effort is intended to meet demand in Western China for business jets capable of operating at small high-altitude airports in the region.
AINalerts » September 18, 2014
Air travel to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas region remains problematic, in the wake of Hurricane Odile’s passage on Monday. The category-three storm was the largest ever to make landfall on the country’s Baja California peninsula, lashing the tourist region with heavy rain and high wind. As a result, affected airports in the area are closed to non-humanitarian general aviation traffic at least through the weekend, according to Universal Weather & Aviation.
The FAA has received more than 2,000 comments about its proposed policy regarding the non-aeronautical use of airport hangars. In response to the flood of comments and extension requests from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and others, the FAA extended until October 6 the comment period for the proposal, which states that hangars are to be used only for storage or maintenance of aircraft.
The East Hampton, N.Y. town board is expected to pass a resolution tonight rejecting future federal airport funding, clearing the path for it to limit and/or ban certain types of aircraft operations–including helicopters, jets and seaplanes–at East Hampton Airport beginning with the 2015 summer tourism season. The town could impose an Aspen-style slot system on all traffic in combination with curfews and significantly increased landing fees, fuel prices and hangar rents.
GAMA and global standards body ASTM International are in Brussels this week hosting a workshop where it appears that the rewrite of EASA CS-23 and FAA Part 23 aircraft certification rules is taking shape, aiming for proposed rules to be published by both agencies next year. Known as the “CS/Part 23 Reorganization” initiative, the effort drops weight as a measure of performance or complexity.
Sierra Industries announced today that it selected the GE Honda HF120 as the retrofit engine for its new Sapphire upgrade program for legacy CitationJets. Aircraft owners opting for the upgrade package will thus have the original factory-installed Williams FJ44-1A engines on their CitationJet, CJ1 or CJ1+ retrofitted with a pair of HF120s.
UK-based air charter company London Executive Aviation (LEA) recorded its strongest ever financial and operational performance, the company announced today. In its Fiscal Year that ended March 31, LEA saw revenue rise by 23 percent, to £33.2 million ($54.1 million), “reflecting stronger charter demand and growth in the company’s aircraft management revenues.” In the same period, its flight hours increased by 16 percent and the number of aircraft movements climbed by 18 percent.
Todd Baumgartner has joined Seattle-based FBO consulting firm FBO Partners as senior partner. Previously he was the senior vice president of acquisitions for the Ross Aviation FBO network, recently purchased by Landmark Aviation. Baumgartner “brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm that is simply without equal,” noted FBO Partners president Doug Wilson. “His expertise in FBO operations, procurement and mergers and acquisitions is truly remarkable and will be a valuable resource to clients of FBO Partners.”
Sikorsky Aircraft marked 75 years of modern helicopter flight that began Sept. 14, 1939, when 50-year-old chief designer and chief test pilot Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground “to tabletop height” in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. That first flight began a four-year test program that “proved the efficiency of Sikorsky’s single-rotor design, gave birth to a global helicopter industry and forever changed the course of aviation history,” the company noted.
Gulfstream Aerospace named Jim Tait vice president of sales operations and analysis. He will oversee customer relationship management, commercial contracts, market research, aircraft pricing, residual-value analysis and customer financial support. Tait joined Gulfstream in 1999 as a senior financial controller and was promoted to director of financial planning and analysis in 2000. He has more than 25 years of experience in the engineering, defense and aviation industries, focusing on long- and short-range business plans, trend analysis, financial outlooks and pricing strategies.