Federal legislation introduced last month would require surface-to-air missile (SAM) protection, similar to that now used on military transport aircraft, on all of the nearly 7,000 U.S.-registered jet airliners. The bill, coauthored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), directs that installations begin by the end of the year.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed Part 150 noise compatibility program for Toledo Express Airport, Ohio. A public comment period ends March 24. No later than July 22, the FAA is scheduled to approve or disapprove the proposed program. Noise-footprint maps have already been approved. For more information, contact the FAA’s Katherine Jones at (734) 487-7298.
A new list from the Transportation Safety Administration contains 64 items that airline passengers cannot have with them in the terminal as well as on the aircraft. These items fall into several categories, from guns, other weapons and explosives to certain sharp objects and “club-like items” such as pool cues and hockey sticks.
Reducing the incidence of damage to aircraft on the ramp is the aim of the ground accident prevention (GAP) initiative now under way by the Flight Safety Foundation.
Nearly four months after Boeing acquired all of FlightSafety International’s interests in FlightSafetyBoeing Training International, set up five years ago to provide training in Boeing airplanes, Boeing is renaming the venture Alteon. Following a transition period, Alteon will become the official name for the company. During the transition period, the company will continue to be known as FlightSafetyBoeing.
Naples, Italy-based Vulcanair recently started certification flight testing of its 10- to 16-passenger VF600W Mission turboprop single. The airplane, an 8,650-pound would-be competitor to the Cessna Caravan, is powered by a 775-shp Walter turbine turning a five-blade Avia propeller. Vulcanair said the Mission, with a maximum range of 1,100 nm, will be able to carry 3,000 pounds 400 nm. The company hopes to keep the IFR price below $1 million.
Seagull Aviation is working on another STC for the installation of the 750-shp Czech Walter engine and Avia propeller on various King Airs. This STC will apply to the King Air A100, F90 and 99. Dan Sigl, president of Seagull Aviation, said he anticipates receiving the STC in late spring. Installed price is between $500,000 and $525,000 and Seagull said it will help owners sell their old engines.
By June 1 Gulfstream is expected to start offering the BAE Systems Matador infrared surface-to-air missile countermeasures system for the GV and GV-SPs, and on their new derivatives, the G500 and G550. FAA approval for the approximately $3 million option was pending at press time. Gulfstream said the Matador has been installed on one GIV and six GIV-SPs since it was certified for the GIV series two years ago.
An optional kit for BBJs that will provide a 6,500-foot cabin at FL410 instead of the current 8,000-foot cabin is going through the FAA approval process now and will not be available until mid-year, according to Boeing. The company announced at last year’s NBAA Convention that the kit would be available early this year.
Boeing delivered 11 BBJs last year (including two BBJ2s), five fewer than the 16 in 2001 and down three from the 14 aircraft delivered in 2000. In 1999, its first full year of deliveries, 29 BBJs were shipped. Just four of the 11 BBJs delivered last year are on the U.S. registry.