At recent public hearings in Washington, D.C., and Albuquerque, N.M., DOD and DOT representatives reviewed the departments’ policies toward the provision of radionavigation services to the U.S. civil user community between now and 2020. The hearings were held to solicit user comments on those policies before publication of this year’s federal radionavigation plan (FRP), which will be available by year-end.
Aviation International News » August 2003
It is impossible to ignore the role technology has played in making the art of powered, heavier-than-air flight incrementally safer for the successive generations of aviators who have laid witness to a remarkable 100-year history.
Club Airways, the European scheduled business jet service, is broadening its fleet beyond Learjet 45s and is also rethinking its planned route network. Almost six months after beginning operations on February 17, Club Airways is now offering two daily round-trip flights between Geneva and Paris Le Bourget Airport.
With Czech certification of the Ae270 turboprop single now expected in the fourth quarter of this year (earlier anticipated in September) and FAA approval in the first quarter of next year, Ibis Aerospace announced the selection of Southstar Aircraft Interiors of Texas to supply interior completions for production airplanes and DeCrane Aircraft Seating to supply executive-class seating.
At best, a total of 300 to 400 supersonic business jets (SSBJs) could be sold over the next 30 years, according to Andrei Ilyin, general director at Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. “The market is too small for competition,” he said.
First deliveries of the Intracom General Machinery GM-17 Viper 8 executive aircraft have been made in Russia, where the much-reworked Piper Pressurized Navajo may be operated under an experimental certificate. The company’s managing director, Dr.
Extra Flugzeugbau of Hunxe, Germany, has operated under insolvency (similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.) since January and has reportedly been in negotiations with a U.S. investor group for the past several months.
Archedyne Aerospace of Merritt Island, Fla., is still pursuing Lake Aircraft and Armand Rivard for a $1.4 million judgment, which Rivard has appealed, and development of the Archedyne NauticAir 450 has been on hold for three years during the legal wrangling, but now a group of five “advisors” has added the amphibian business jet to its proposed line of amphibian airplanes that includes designs seating 110, 210, 364 and 530 passengers.
Crossair founder Moritz Suter announced on July 17 that he plans to launch a new regional airline. The airline’s first service would link Geneva with Lugano three times daily.
Although the project remains in its infancy, Suter has already submitted proposals for support to the township of Lugano and the local government of the canton of Ticino, as well as the Lugano Agno Airport for “symbolic” (low) landing fees.
Chances of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Orange County, Calif., becoming a vital part of the National Airspace System–seemingly killed by a referendum last year–have been revived by a city of Los Angeles proposal. The proposal would have the federal government retain the base and lease it to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), operator of Los Angeles International, Van Nuys, Palmdale and Ontario international airports.