Late last month Dassault flew a Falcon 2000EX EASy with an enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) for the first time. The event marked the beginning of a series of flight tests expected to yield European certification by the middle of next year.
Aviation International News » August 2005
Czech aircraft designer and manufacturer Evektor-Aerotechnik, best known for a line of light piston singles, used last month’s EAA AirVenture show to begin promoting its new EV-55 twin turboprop. The unpressurized utility aircraft, partly financed by the Czech government, is priced at $1.7 million and is expected to sell as an alternative to turboprop singles such as the Cessna Caravan.
Eclipse Aviation’s fourth conforming Eclipse 500–and the first of its two beta-test jets–joined the flight-test fleet last month. As the company’s certification program advances, the two beta-test aircraft will be tested under accelerated usage conditions to ensure reliability and functionality before first customer deliveries next spring.
Certification of the seven-seat Grob G160 Ranger turboprop single has been delayed from this quarter to the middle of next year to incorporate a new interior design and aerodynamic refinements. These changes stem from flight-test results gathered since the prototype G160’s first flight in March last year.
Cindy Heffelfinger and Jessica Meckes are both business aviation contract flight attendants. But they have something else in common: they are mother and daughter.
Heffelfinger–mom–got into the business after several false starts as a cosmetologist, cardiac care specialist, paralegal and finally as an airline flight attendant. “I absolutely loved flying, loved the travel and loved the job,” said Heffelfinger.
Beau Altman’s retrospective put the profession of business aviation flight attendant into perspective at the 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference in Atlanta in June.
Altman was among those who attended the first conference in San Antonio in 1996. But his audiovisual journey addressed the challenge that the flight attendant has faced, and continues to face, since the mid-1920s.
Portuguese air transport and maintenance group Omni is seeking to raise its stature as a business aviation services group by revitalizing its executive charter and handling operations. The company has declared its ambition to be active in the wider European business aviation market and to establish a leadership position in France.
The FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association are at loggerheads over an FAA report describing staffing levels, scheduling abnormalities, excessive overtime, ineffective management and “threats, intimidation and inappropriate behavior” at the New York Tracon.
At least a dozen unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are to be flown at the Unmanned Systems show to be staged at the UK’s ParcAberporth aviation business park on September 7. The event will be Europe’s largest UAV flying demonstration in controlled civil airspace and should be an important benchmark for how pilotless aircraft can coexist safely with manned flights.
The Lufthansa Private Jet service, which allows passengers to book NetJets Europe aircraft for connections with the German airline’s scheduled services, now includes Frankfurt Airport. When the program began at the end of March it served only Munich.