There were 12 nonfatal accidents, three fatal accidents and 21 fatalities resulting from U.S.-registered business jet crashes in the first nine months of this year, compared with seven nonfatal accidents, five fatal accidents and 15 fatalities in the first nine months of last year, according to safety analyst firm Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
Business aviation may win a few more converts as a result of the most recent Transportation Security Administration (TSA) edict expanding the use of manual pat-down searches during “secondary” screening.
The NTSB’s recently released factual report on the fatal crash of a chartered Gulfstream III at Aspen (Colo.) Airport (ASE) last March 29 does not provide a determination of cause.
While three companies are competing to market FAR Part 36 Stage 3 hush kits for the Gulfstream II, IIB and III, two–Really Quiet and Stage III Technologies–have been developing their respective systems much longer than either originally planned. Really Quiet could very well be the first to receive FAA certification, which is expected this month.
Owners of ex-military aircraft are up in arms over a rider to the Senate bill to appropriate military funds for next year. The Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, S.1438, deals mostly with appropriations for regular military expenses but contains a small section, or rider, calling for the “demilitarization” of “significant military equipment” formerly belonging to the DOD.
Ever since the nerve-shattering morning of September 11, the skies over Manhattan have been strangely quiet. At first it was the same sort of silence that settled over the rest of the U.S.–the product of a total operations ban that was the national airspace lockdown.
Since Honeywell launched its Web-based e-Engine program three years ago, more than 3,000 users have signed up. They represent some 1,350 owner-operators of business and regional aircraft and 254 service providers. The program integrates information from several aircraft data systems and provides operators with engine condition trend monitoring, technical publications and engine/GSE software downloads.
As Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse prepares to fly a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610-powered Eclipse 500 later this year, company founder and CEO Vern Raburn envisions a wide customer base for the very light jet. And with promised low direct operating costs (DOCs) and a price tag of a little over $1 million, the twinjet offers almost limitless possibilities.
Dassault Aviation late last month revealed more information about its all-new airplane, which was code-named FNX when announced at the Paris Air Show in June. The French manufacturer’s contender in the ultra-long-range business jet market now has an official name–the Falcon 7X. Dassault said the airplane’s four-crew, eight-passenger 5,700-nm IFR range is optimum because it “delivers the major U.S.
Security and safety training is suddenly a hot topic. When NBAA holds its convention next month, it is offering nearly a dozen new informational sessions that will address safety, security and business aircraft operations in today’s environment.