The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is making a highly public issue of battling the FAA’s proposed policy on defining airport weight-bearing capability in its efforts to keep the FAA from forcing Teterboro to accept “large planes." Local politicians, including New Jersey Governor James McGreevy, have joined the Port Authority in condemning the FAA.
Aviation International News » August 2003
A proposed AD that would require replacing the horizontal stabilizer trim actuator (HSTA) every 18 months on Citation 650s is based on a discovery in lab tests that the no-back friction brake within the HSTA “can degrade and allow the actuator to move without a command if an electrical failure is also present,” according to Cessna. At press time, the manufacturer said it had not received any reports of this condition in the field.
The new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officially starts work on September 28. The long-awaited organization will begin the task of gradually assuming certification, licensing and regulatory responsibilities currently split between the continent’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and national aviation authorities (NAA).
Veteran de Havilland Canada and Bombardier executive Tom Appleton takes over as president and CEO of Greenville, S.C.-based Piaggio America as of September 1, replacing Steve Hanvey, who has chosen to pursue other career interests. Hanvey was the founding president and CEO of Piaggio America three years ago.
An Embraer 170 prototype accidentally landed with the gear retracted at the company’s Gaviao Peixoto test complex in Brazil on August 17. The incident will not affect the planned November date for the 70-passenger regional jet’s JAA and FAA certification, according to the company (see page 97).
The FAA on August 15 granted the U.S. Air Force a certificate of authorization (COA) to fly its Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) throughout the National Airspace System (NAS), in support of homeland defense missions. The turbofan-powered, DC-3-size Global Hawk is a high-altitude (FL500+) long-range (U.S.
Claiming that Part 135 air taxi activity data is inadequate, the NTSB has asked the FAA to require air taxi operators to supply annual data on total hours flown, revenue flight hours and revenue miles flown, seat miles and passenger miles flown, number of departures by category and class of aircraft, and the proportion of operations involved in the transportation of passengers, cargo, sightseeing and aeromedical.
The U.S. government has reinstated the “airbridge denial program,” or anti-drug interdiction efforts, with Colombia. This program, which allows the use of deadly force against civilian aircraft if they are known or suspected to be smuggling drugs, is the first of the airbridge programs to resume after the fatal shooting down of a missionary Cessna 185 floatplane in Peru in 2001. AOPA reiterated its opposition, saying.
It has not been a good summer for the Cessna Citation 650 or 525. Last month, owners of the Cessna 650 Citation VII learned of a proposed AD (Docket No. 2002-NM-332-AD) that would require repetitive replacement of the horizontal stabilizer primary trim-actuator assembly with a repaired assembly.
The very light jet segment got a bit more crowded early last month when Westport, Conn.-based startup Avocet Aircraft and Israel Aircraft Industries publicly announced a partnership to develop a six- to eight-seat (including pilot) twinjet.