Aviation International News » April 2010

March 29, 2010 - 8:15am

1. Sugar Land Regional Airport
Sugar Land Regional Airport’s city-owned and -operated FBO once again takes the top spot in the AIN FBO survey. The airport and the FBO enjoy some distinct advantages that combine to boost its popularity, including strong support from the city of Sugar Land, a dedicated long-term team running the airport, a fabulous FBO terminal and a strong relationship with the field’s neighbors.

March 29, 2010 - 8:04am

A federal judge for the District of Columbia has ruled that aircraft tail numbers submitted for blockage under NBAA’s Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program must be made available in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by ProPublica, “an independent, nonprofit newsroom.” But the ruling does not permit the disclosure of real-time flight data, historical data or operator names.

March 29, 2010 - 8:03am

Single-engine airplanes equipped with glass cockpits had no better overall safety record than airplanes with conventional instrumentation, but had a higher fatal accident rate, the NTSB found in a safety study released last month. The Safety Board determined that because glass cockpits are complex and vary from aircraft

March 29, 2010 - 8:02am

Cirrus Design filed a lawsuit against L-3 Avionics Systems aimed at stopping the spread of scuttlebutt that Cirrus is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. L-3 Avionics sued Cirrus for $21.7 million last year after a deal for cockpit systems fell apart. Cirrus’ suit against L-3 alleges that the Grand Rapids, Mich.

March 29, 2010 - 8:00am

The NTSB last month denied an FAA appeal of a judicial decision requiring the agency to pay Punta Gorda, Fla.-based aeromedical operator Air Trek $120,169.35 in attorney fees and expenses related to the FAA’s emergency revocation of Air Trek’s Part 135 certificate in June 2008.

March 29, 2010 - 7:59am

Although revenues from commercial aircraft sales fell at Embraer, the fortunes of the executive aviation division actually improved. Embraer’s executive aviation segment net sales reached $896.3 million, up nearly $20 million over 2008. The manufacturer delivered 115 business jets last year–93 Phenom 100s, one Phenom 300, 18 Legacy 600s and three Lineage 1000s–just short of tripling the 36 it shipped in 2008.

March 29, 2010 - 7:58am

With its maiden flight on March 24, a second Gulfstream G250 has entered the flight-test program for the super-midsize jet, designed and built in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv. S/N 2002 flew for 1 hour and 57 minutes on its initial flight, reaching an altitude of 20,000 feet and a speed of 195 knots.

March 29, 2010 - 7:57am

On March 22, the Senate unanimously passed its FAA reauthorization bill, sending it to a conference committee that will reconcile differences with the House version approved last May. General aviation groups cheered the measure, which contains no user fees for GA but modestly raises the federal excise taxes on jet-A and aviation gas that GA pilots pay into the aviation trust fund.

March 29, 2010 - 7:52am

Dassault Aviation last month reported its 2009 sales and delivery totals, and the numbers were mixed. The company ended the year with a net tally of minus 163 Falcon orders but a record 77 deliveries. The company has no plans for job cuts in France, although it has slashed the U.S. workforce by 20 percent since the beginning of the downturn.

March 29, 2010 - 7:47am

If it is true that an event becomes history when it is no longer referred to in the present tense, then the Great Recession still has some receding to do, despite recent suggestions by industry analysts that we are now in the market trough and the only direction is up.