Aviation International News » April 2010

March 30, 2010 - 5:32am

An air traffic tower controller and his supervisor at New York JFK Airport were placed on administrative leave last month following an incident in February when two of the controller’s children were permitted to issue instructions to pilots on an ATC frequency during atwo-day span.

March 30, 2010 - 5:30am

Phillip Friedman, CEO of Harlow Aerostructures of Wichita, at press time was vying to buy the assets of bankrupt aircraft developer Epic Air. Last year, Friedman mounted an effort to bid on the assets of bankrupt very light jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation, although he never made it into the final bidding. An auction for Epic’s assets–Epic Air, Aircraft Investor Resources and Aircraft Completion Services–was scheduled for March 26.

March 30, 2010 - 5:26am

The three FBOs located at Canada’s Vancouver International Airport each managed hundreds of operations during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The airport experienced its “busiest day in history” when general aviation travelers departed after the February 28 closing ceremonies, according to Scott Harrold, general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Vancouver FBO. “It was quite an experience,” he said. “It will always live with me and our team.”

March 30, 2010 - 5:20am

The European Commission (EC) is set to approve a simplified process for so-called small emitters to calculate and report carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their aircraft as an alternative means of compliance with the new emissions trading scheme (ETS). The EC’s climate change committee has given its blessing to the new process and, following further scrutiny by the European Parliament, it is expected to be adopted by the EC this summer.

March 30, 2010 - 5:18am

Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (KECP; see photo on page 1) near Panama City, Fla., is set to open on May 23, marking the first new greenfield airport to be built in the post-9/11 era. Notably, the new 4,000-acre airport is part of the St. Joe Company’s “master planned” 75,000-acre greenfield parcel that guarantees no residential development will be built near the airfield itself or within the flight paths.

March 30, 2010 - 5:16am

BLR Aerospace winglets were STC’d last month for the King Air C90A, C90GT and C90GTi; approval will eventually be expanded to include the C90 and C90E. Deliveries have already begun, the company said. Current list price of the winglets
is $49,950, not including between 100 and 150 hours of installation time. According to BLR, the modification improves stability, cruise speed and rate of climb.

March 30, 2010 - 5:15am

Citing ongoing criminal prosecution of Continental Airlines for the 2000 Concorde crash in Paris, the U.S.-based Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) is asking governments worldwide to form multinational, independent air accident investigation boards.

March 30, 2010 - 5:13am

The Cessna Citation CJ4 gained FAA type certification last month, with deliveries of the light jet set to begin later this year. The final performance numbers for the $9 million CJ4 include a takeoff distance of 3,130 feet at mtow, a maximum speed of 453 knots and 2,002-nm range with two crew and five pax.

March 30, 2010 - 5:12am

During a House aviation subcommittee hearing on oversight of on-demand (Part 135) aircraft operators last month, DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III said, “The FAA’s oversight of this industry is based primarily on compliance with outdated regulations…[for areas such as] flight crew training requirements and aircraft maintenance inspections.” The IG’s office found that a targeted risk-based oversight approach could help mitigate safety iss

March 30, 2010 - 5:10am

The Los Angeles City Council voted on February 26 to ban Stage 2 aircraft from operating at Van Nuys (Calif.), phasing out these noisier jets over the next six years. The ban immediately affects aircraft generating more than 85 decibels and lowers the decibel limit in stages in 2011 and 2014. In 2016, any aircraft noisier than 77 decibels will be banned from using Van Nuys.