Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Gerard Schkolnik as director of its supersonic technology programs. Among other projects, the former NASA engineer will work on sonic-boom suppression. Gulfstream has under study a proposed “quiet supersonic business jet.”
Aviation International News » April 2006
A new FAA program is intended to improve the use of comprehensible English as the international language of aviation and support new English language proficiency standards that are scheduled to go into effect in two years. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member states must “adopt, and controllers and aircrews must conform to and achieve, new English language proficiency standards” by March 2008.
Hours flown by turbine aircraft (including rotorcraft) are forecast to increase 6.4 percent yearly over the forecast period, compared with 1.8 percent for piston-powered aircraft. Jet aircraft are forecast to account for most of the increase, expanding at an average annual rate of 10.2 percent over the next 12 years.
While the FAA drastically reduced its estimate about the number of very light jets (VLJs) to take to the air in the next decade, comments and speeches at the agency’s 31st annual forecast conference in Washington early last month indicate there will be changes in the way the aviation industry pays for operating the nation’s airspace system.
Universal Avionics and Kansas City Aviation Center have teamed to develop a three-screen LCD upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12. Designed as a replacement for the workhorse turboprop’s Bendix/King EFIS 40 cockpit, the Universal EFI-890R avionics system includes a pair of PFDs and an MFD, each measuring 8.9 inches diagonally.
Special slot procedures will be in place at about 20 German airports during the World Cup soccer tournament, which runs from June 9 to July 9. The games are being hosted in Berlin, Hamburg, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Leipzig, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern and are expected to draw a significant number of corporate aircraft to airports in these cities, as well as to nearby alternate airports.
Sino Swearingen has selected Greenville, S.C.-based Stevens Aviation as the OEM’s first North American authorized service facility for the new SJ30-2 light jet. Sino Swearingen plans to have a network of factory-owned and factory-authorized service facilities “in strategic areas where it makes sense,” the company told AIN.
In a bid to overcome local opposition to its application to increase weekend and holiday operations at London Farnborough Airport to 5,000 movements annually by 2008, TAG Aviation has offered to phase in the increase over the next three years to 3,800 by year-end and to 4,500 next year. The company, which operates Farnborough, has also offered to limit the movements by bizliners to an annual total of 270 on weekends and on public holidays.
In FY 2005, there were 327 runway incursions, of which 29 were serious Category A and B incidents, according to the FAA’s regional administrator for the Western Pacific region. Testifying before Congress last month, Bill Withycombe said that in terms of error types, there were 169 pilot deviations, 105 ATC operational deviations and 53 vehicle/pedestrian deviations.
The DOT last month issued a rule amending the requirements for the transportation of hazardous materials by aircraft. This rule, which goes into effect October 1, clarifies the applicability of DOT Part 175; clarifies the exceptions for certain operator equipment and supplies, special aircraft operations, and passengers and crewmembers; and updates the regulations to comply with security requirements for explosive special permits.