Honeywell will announce a new APU at the NBAA Convention this month aimed at turboprops, light jets and small helicopters. The company said the RE-50 is the first oilless and gearless APU with an integrated generator on the same shaft, and at 50 pounds it is about one-third the weight of Honeywell’s RE-150.
A second Bombardier Continental super-midsize jet joined the flight-test program on October 9 with a 2 hr 41 min initial hop from Wichita. The twinjet reached an altitude of 35,000 ft and a speed of 250 kt, during which aircraft systems were evaluated. Test pilots Doug May and Ed Grabman conducted numerous tests on the aircraft’s bleed air, hydraulics, fuel and electrical systems, according to Bombardier.
Aside from the cost of military actions against the terrorist factions following the September 11 attacks, the big question is, how the government is going to pay for everything else it wants to do.
With the addition of one new face and the reconfirmation of another, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) now has its full complement of five members.
In late September Marion Blakey was sworn in as the ninth chairman of the NTSB after being confirmed by the Senate. That same month the Senate reconfirmed John Hammerschmidt as an NTSB member.
Somewhat lost in the shuffle of recent events, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have released the second part of a study of how the use of business aircraft affects shareholder value.
Readington Township in New Jersey is pursuing a novel method of claiming a local, privately owned airport. If the town fathers should succeed, thousands of privately owned airports throughout the U.S., including much needed relievers, could be in jeopardy.
Emily and Arve Henriksen initially expected to open their Million Air franchise at Mobile (Ala.) Regional Airport (MOB) last year. “We anticipated a six-month wait negotiating the terms of the lease and up to a year for construction,” said CFO Emily. “It was a lot more difficult than we realized.”
A U.S. District judge has ruled in favor of a Los Angeles city ordinance restricting access by Stage 2 jets to Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport (VNY). The so-called “non-addition rule” prohibits most Stage 2 aircraft that were not based at Van Nuys during calendar year 1999 from being based, parked or hangared there for more than 30 days in any succeeding year.
Now that a U.S. District Court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) challenging a ban on Stage 2 jets at Florida’s Naples Municipal Airport, the airport is moving ahead to reinstate the ban as quickly as legally possible. To that end, the airport has notified the FAA that it intends to implement the ban effective next March 1, the earliest it can go into effect by law.
CompletionAir, not even a year old and just beginning work on its first aircraft interiors, will expand dramatically with the upcoming merger with former rival Premier Air Center. The two companies, both at St. Louis Regional Airport in Alton, Ill., signed a letter of intent to merge last month. CompletionAir, launched in January, received its Part 145 repair facility certification in July and is focused on widebody completions.