Proposed amendments to Canadian aviation regulations will require that any design change to aircraft, engines and propellers must meet the latest airworthiness standards. The revisions would coincide with recent changes to the FARs, set to go into effect June 10, affecting amended TC and STC modifications.
Last month West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Safire Aircraft said it would soon reveal the engine supplier for its S-26 very light twinjet. Safire disclosed last August it was seeking an alternate supplier to its first choice, Agilis Engines. Agilis, which has never manufactured an engine of its own design, is primarily a supplier of engineering services to OEMs. S-26 certification is planned for next year.
The FAA ordered Part 121 operators of 10- to 19-seat aircraft to perform a sampling of passenger and baggage weights over a three-day period last month to determine if the currently used generic weight allowance of 180 pounds per passenger and 25 pounds per checked bag is still valid.
Selling its Citation Williams FJ44 Eagle II program to Garrett Aviation Services frees Sierra Industries to refocus on developing additional modifications for Citations and other business jets, according to a company official. Sierra has already obtained about 300 STCs for Citation mods.
The Gulfstream I that crashed on takeoff in Kenya was reportedly over gross weight for the airfield. Killed in the January 24 crash were the country’s labor minister and the two pilots. Nine other passengers were injured.
Quebec-based avionics manufacturer Amphitech International last month received limited Canadian STC approval to install its OASys wire- and obstacle-detection radar aboard a Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil. The helicopter, operated by Heli-Express, was to embark on an eastern U.S.
Farnborough Airport officially came under the control of TAG Aviation on February 5, when the Swiss-based group signed a 99-year lease with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
While not venturing to put a number on the sum of all Falcons he hopes to sell this year, Dassault Falcon Jet president John Rosanvallon did acknowledge to AIN last month that the “market now is more resilient than I expected in 2001 and 2002 that it would be.” Rosanvallon noted that “oversupply has been a problem, with white tails exerting price pressures, but Falcon Jet has no white tails.” DFJ said it took orders for 72 Falcons last year an
Dassault hopes to display the cockpit simulator for its new Falcon 7X sidestick fly-by-wire business trijet at the NBAA Convention in October in Orlando, Fla. Orders for 30 of the new jets are secured by $1 million non-refundable deposits, according to the company. First flight is scheduled for the end of the first quarter 2005, with certification planned in the third quarter of 2006.
Effective February 20, the /F suffix for aircraft equipped with single FMSs has been revised to account for advanced Rnav equipment.