The FAA’s annual forecast for fiscal years 2003 to 2014 sees business use of GA aircraft expanding at a more rapid pace than other general aviation segments. According to the FAA, the GA turbine fleet, including rotorcraft, is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 2.3 percent over the 12-year forecast period.
Aviation International News » April 2003
Socata’s C2 version of the TBM 700 turboprop single received FAA certification on March 17. The latest version of the six-passenger aircraft was originally due to complete the U.S. approval process last fall. The $2.65 million TBM 700C2 offers a 12-percent increase in mtow and incorporates 20-g seats, strengthened wheels and 10-ply tires.
Naples (Fla.) Airport Authority (NAA) said it will appeal the FAA’s ruling last month against the airport’s ban on Stage 2 aircraft operations. With the FAA action, Naples is now restricted from receiving federal funding and from collecting airline passenger facility charges.
An emergency AD requires certain Learjet 45 horizontal stabilizer actuator assemblies to be replaced with new assemblies before further flight. The directive (AD 2003-06-51) was issued March 20 after a Learjet 45 in Australia reported a severe vibration followed by a rapid nose-down pitch. Investigation revealed that the acme screw–the primary load path of the actuator–was fractured, and the backup assembly had failed.
It was a risk from the start. No, I’m not talking about President Bush’s decision to wage war on Iraq. I’m referring to LABACE, the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, a much smaller and less significant risk, but a risk nonetheless. LABACE took place for the first time in São Paulo, Brazil, last month.
Less than two weeks after Charlie Johnson replaced Russ Meyer to take over the leadership of Cessna Aircraft, the Wichita airframe manufacturer announced major reductions in production rates and workforce.
Like the old blues song goes, “It’s been a long time coming. But a change is gonna come.” That change–the possible revolution that is the promise of civil tiltrotor flight– took to the air on March 7 with the first flight of Bell/Agusta Aerospace’s BA609 tiltrotor prototype.
Honeywell has started demonstrating an optional software upgrade to its enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) that is intended to curb runway incursions and improve airport safety. Called the runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), the software-only modification uses the EGPWS unit’s internal database of runways and GPS-derived position to increase pilot situational awareness during taxi, takeoff and landing.
In what has been the biggest flurry of notams, TFR issuances and general uncertainty since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) have issued the first of what could become a blizzard of aviation-related paperwork resulting from the war in Iraq.