Gulfstream 100s, Astra SPXs and 1125 Westwinds are the latest business jet models to be the subject of an AD as a result of the FAA’s special certification review (SCR) of all pressurized airplanes after the October 1999 Payne Stewart Learjet 35 crash and several other incidents and accidents attributed to suspected oxygen deprivation.
Aviation International News » August 2002
Because the final bid for a 44,000-sq-ft paint hangar at Falcon Jet’s Wilmington, Del. service facility went “well beyond estimates,” groundbreaking has been delayed. The cost is a “critical issue” that must be resolved between Falcon Jet and its lessor and financial partner, the Delaware River Bay Authority, before construction can start.
Bombardier Aerospace officially opened last month its Commercial Service Center (CSC) in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. The CSC is “dedicated to the specific service and support needs of the more than 1,600 out-of-production de Havilland DHC-1 through -7 aircraft still in production,” according to Bombardier.
In recent weeks, Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) all sent letters to DOT Secretary Norman Mineta encouraging the agency and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to recognize the unique characteristics of the on-demand air-taxi industry as both agencies initiate new aviation security requirements.
The FAA announced a two-year extension of the existing lottery allocation of slot exemptions at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) until Oct. 31, 2004. In addition, the FAA is asking for public comment on proposed changes to the current procedures for allocating slot exemptions that are either returned or have gone unused.
Air taxi operators are caught in a conundrum. Comments are due August 19 on the Transportation Security Administration’s draft standard security program (TFSSP) for air-taxi aircraft with a mtow of 12,500 lb or more (not more than 12,500 lb, as defined by FAR Part 25). However, obtaining a copy of the proposed TFSSP is not easy or quick.
“In the next 60 to 90 days, you’re going to see security in the United States like you’ve never seen before,” said retired U.S. Navy admiral Isaac Richardson in late June. “A portion of the nation’s reappraisal took a very hard look at general aviation…and the threat posed by general aviation aircraft as weapons.”
Last month, the FAA handed off notam waiver requests to the Transportation Security Administration. Existing FAA-issued waivers will continue to be valid, but now operators requesting permission to conduct operations not permitted by existing notams should send their waiver requests to TSA. The security agency will also handle requests from international Part 91 operators for waivers to the designated “portal” countries notam.
To ensure that FAA’s final selection of technology for its next-generation communications (Nexcom) is the most cost effective, the General Accounting Office has recommended the agency assess the “potential impact of emerging technologies.” In March 1998, the FAA rejected five other technological approaches for Nexcom and selected VHF digital link mode 3 (VDL-3) as the preferred technology.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport has successfully completed its first retrofit of a Bombardier Learjet 31A to meet JAR-OPS Part 1 requirements. In a separate development, LBAS expects to begin offering interior refurbishment work for all Bombardier business aircraft models in the near future. Through association with E.I.S.