The FAA has agreed to pay $4.5 million in damages to Gavin Heyworth, the sole survivor of a Nov. 6, 2003, midair between two helicopters operating at Zamperini Field in Torrance, Calif. In a trial held in May, U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper found the FAA liable for the accident. Heyworth was piloting the Robinson R22 that collided with an R44 flown by Robert Bailey and Brett Boyd, who perished in the crash.
AINalerts » September 25, 2008
The NextGen testbed facility at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus is gearing up for a demonstration in November that will advance en route automation modernization (ERAM) and traffic management advisor (TMA) capabilities. ERAM, a replacement for the FAA’s Host computer, is expected to be installed at all 20 U.S. en route centers by 2010.
Hush kits developed by Stage III Technologies for Rolls-Royce Spey-powered Gulfstreams are back with a new name and a new company. Yesterday at Van Nuys Airport in California, Hush Kit LLC, an affiliate of Hubbard Broadcasting of Minneapolis, flew the first production Stage III hush kit installed on a Gulfstream II (N20H), also owned by Hubbard, in preparation for the product’s debut at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., early next month.
European very light jet air-taxi start-up JetBird has raised an additional $14.2 million (€10 million) in launch capital by selling a 9.3-percent stake to an undisclosed Saudi Arabian family business.
UK-based Farnborough Aircraft filed for bankruptcy protection on September 12. The bankruptcy administrator is seeking fresh investors in the company or someone willing to buy the intellectual property rights for Farnborough’s F1 Kestrel turboprop-single program.
The House and Senate agreed earlier this week to extend FAA programs and current aviation taxes on fuel and airline tickets for another six months, to March 31, and sent the bill to President Bush for his signature. Without an extension, the FAA would lose the authority to collect the taxes and to spend nearly $7.9 billion over the next six months.