Late last month Cessna reported the first flight of its Citation Encore+, an upgraded Encore with FADEC-equipped P&WC PW535B engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. The new light jet is scheduled to receive certification by year-end.
Aviation International News » April 2006
The investigation into the apparently accidental death of line employee Joyce Miller, 29, on February 28 at Wilson Air Center’s Charlotte/Douglas International Airport FBO continues, according to president Bob Wilson. “We are unable to make any further statement until it is completed,” he told AIN, adding that Wilson Air Center has “conducted a review of our procedures.” The Charlotte, N.C.
On March 31 exemptions to ACAS II (TCAS II, Change 7) requirements in Europe were set to expire. The rule, which had been delayed by more than a year to give operators time to equip, covers all civil turbine-powered airplanes with mtow greater than 12,566 pounds or configured for more than 19 passengers.
The International Civil Aviation Organization adopted a “standard” to increase the upper age limit for airline pilots to age 65, effective November 23. But the measure is limited to two-pilot crews when the other pilot is younger than 60 years of age. ICAO also approved a recommendation that would ban airline pilots from flying after age 65.
Avocet Aircraft last month joined the ranks of Safire Aircraft, Century Aerospace and plenty of other failed start-up aircraft manufacturers. The Westport, Conn. company has put its six-seat very light jet (VLJ), the $2 million ProJet, “on the shelf” and last month returned escrowed deposits–ranging any- where from $5,000 to $25,000 each–for some 100 aircraft.
Aircraft buyers and sellers, aviation attorneys, bankers and other lenders, brokers, aircraft and title insurance agents and everyone else involved in aircraft transactions are climbing a steep learning curve in their collective attempt to comply with the requirements of a new international aircraft registry that opened for business on March 1.
The battle lines over FAA funding have been drawn, with general aviation on one side and the airlines on the other. The dueling began in earnest on March 8, with press conferences from both the Air Transport Association (ATA) and several GA groups.
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