Israel Aircraft Industries has contracted Forecast International of Newtown, Conn., to help define the future market for its proposed six- to eight-place, twin-turbine Avocet/IAI ProJet. The 20-question survey asked NBAA members to comment on the viability of the very light jet market and to rate the performance and price goals of the ProJet.
Addressing what it sees as a gap between its popular Challenger 604 and ultra-long-range Global Express business jets, Bombardier unveiled late last month in Montreal the Global 5000, the twelfth new or derivative airplane the Canadian business and regional aircraft manufacturer has introduced over the last nine years.
Before September 11, insurance occupied no more than an afterthought in the minds of most in the aviation industry. For years, premiums had remained relatively stable, even reasonable, and standards of coverage conformed to the level of threat, perceived as minimal. In the years ahead, the aviation industry will look back at those as “the good old days.”
Aviation security collided with politics last month on Capitol Hill, when a Senate bill that would have created–among other provisions–a new force of federal employees to screen airline passengers and their baggage encountered stubborn resistance in the House.
Facing a serious financial crisis that threatens to force the company into bankruptcy, Safire Aircraft was evicted from its offices at Opa-Locka Airport in South Florida last month for failing to pay the rent after the would-be very-light-jet manufacturer fell three months behind in payments.
Runways at U.S. airports are getting safer, according to a recent FAA report. The agency said the number of incursions dropped 20 percent over a four-year period, to 324 last year, of which 32 were characterized as “high risk.” The number of “high-risk” incidents has dropped 50 percent since 2000, the report shows.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded two $45 million contracts for further research into shoulder-launched-missile protection systems for commercial aircraft. BAE Systems, based in Nashua, N.H., and Northrop Grumman each got the nod to take its program to the Phase II level–a time period covering the 18 months from August this year through January 2006.
Air Canada has converted to firm status a former tentative commitment for 15 new Bombardier CRJ700 Series 705s and 15 CRJ200s. The airline plans to start taking deliveries of CRJ200s this year, followed by the CRJ705s next year, the exact dates depending on the timing of its emergence from bankruptcy. The airline also holds a conditional order for 15 CRJ200s and options on another 45 airplanes.
The Senate Commerce Committee approved and sent to the full Senate a bill that would give the FAA six months to issue pilot certificates that include photo identification. AOPA has long advocated such a move but believes that the six-month time frame for implementation is unrealistic. The legislation would require the photo ID for pilots to include biometric data or other unique identifiers.
TAG Aviation last week opened its newly refurbished business aircraft maintenance facility at the UK’s Farnborough Airport. TAG acquired the former Farnborough Aviation Services Engineering Technologies last November and has since modernized the 35,000-sq-ft operation, which has been renamed TAG Farnborough Engineering. The company plans to acquire factory-authorized service approvals for Falcons and Challengers.