The number of accidents in all segments of civil aviation last year was less than in 2005, according to the NTSB, with general aviation recording the lowest number of accidents in the 40 years of record keeping. Major airlines continued to have the lowest accident rates in civil aviation. The number of air-taxi accidents has been steadily decreasing over the past 10 years, while the hours flown by these air carriers has increased steadily.
Aviation International News » April 2007
As Stevens Aviation’s Memphis, Tenn. facility nears certification of a Universal EFI-890R synthetic-vision glass panel in the Learjet 25, the company is embarking on a similar program for the Learjet 35 series, but with added features. The Stevens Aviation “Learjet 35 Forever” modification will include the EFI-890R avionics, Raisbeck Engineering’s ZR Lite and locker systems, a fresh interior and Avcon’s RVSM solution.
Hartzell Propeller introduced its own line of de-ice components to support the entire line of Hartzell propellers. Hartzell is marketing its new components as replacements for third-party manufactured parts, including boots, wire harnesses and slip rings. Hartzell boot replacements are under warranty until 18 months or 2,000 flight hours. Other de-ice components are covered for 12 months or 1,000 flight hours.
Because the Grob SPn Utility jet and the Embraer Phenom 300 weigh more than 12,500 pounds but less than 19,000 pounds, their respective manufacturers are requesting permission to certify the aircraft under the commuter category of Part 23 rather than the more stringent requirements of Part 25.
The Argentine government took emergency action last month, relieving the nation’s Air Force of responsibility for providing ATC services. The government announced the creation of the National Administration of Civil Aviation, a civilian entity that will take over ATC in the country. The decision came after pilots and air traffic controllers complained about poor aviation safety.
PrestoSim, a Grapevine, Texas, privately held Part 142 school, recently received FAA approval to provide simulator-based upgrade, initial, transition and type-rating training for the Cessna Citation Ultra and Encore equipped with the Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite. The company in November received FAA approval for its Primus-
equipped Citation Bravo simulator courses.
Only time will tell if Eclipse Aviation’s decision to sever ties with Avidyne and bring in a new team of avionics suppliers for the Eclipse 500 will satisfy buyers, but an early glimpse of what’s coming to the VLJ’s front office looks promising.
The business and corporate side of general aviation should continue to benefit from a growing market for new microjets over the next 14 fiscal years, and the FAA expects business use of GA aircraft to expand at a more rapid pace than that for personal and sport use.
Two of Signature Flight Support’s top managers in Europe will be making it to this year’s Paris Air Show on just two wheels to raise money for children’s charity Starlight Foundation. David Best (left), the FBO group’s managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will be cycling from London to Paris Le Bourget Airport, along with Steve Gulvin, Signature’s regional director for Europe and the Middle East.
Given their current predicaments, Eclipse Aviation and Sino Swearingen share some similarities. Both start-up OEMs have found the money and overcome the adversity to earn type certificates for their jets despite major setbacks and industry naysayers.