International authorities have noted repetitive oceanic errors recently, including “gross” navigation errors (25 nm or more), large altitude deviations (300 feet or more) and erosion of longitudinal separation. “Repeated errors present recurring hazards and pose threats to overall flight safety,” NBAA said.
Aviation International News » August 2006
“As of June 30, our executive jet firm order backlog stands at $1.25 billion,” Embraer chairman, president and CEO Maurício Botelho said last month. The company has logged firm orders for more than 235 Phenom 100 very light jets and Phenom 300 light jets since the duo was launched about a year ago, he said. Deliveries of the
Sino Swearingen’s SJ30 (née SJ30-2) production-conforming test aircraft with two pilots aboard recently established several speed and range records for a light jet during a two-leg flight from its headquarters in San Antonio to the Farnborough Air Show in England. On July 15 the aircraft flew 2,230 nm in five hours from San Antonio to Goose Bay, Canada, landing with about 1.5 hours of fuel remaining.
International handlers are recommending that corporate aircraft operators planning to attend this year’s Ryder Cup golf tournament from September 22 to 26 in Ireland, or
Comments are due August 14 on proposed changes to U.S. Customs requirements for air carriers, including Part 135 air-taxi operators, to transmit passenger manifests on international flights. Operators would have to submit complete international passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before departure for flights both inbound to and outbound from the U.S.
Flight testing is scheduled to begin this month of a Gulfstream V modified with a fly-by-wire system for controlling the spoilers. Elevator fly-by-wire testing is scheduled for later this year. Gulfstream launched a flight control research program in 2004 with the aim of exploring the potential of fly-by-wire technology on future business jets.
Gulfstream delivered 54 business jets in the first half of this year compared with 41 in the first half of last year. Shipments of “large” aircraft (G350s through G550s) increased from 29 to 34 in the two periods, and deliveries of midsize/super-midsize jets (G100s through G200s) nearly doubled–20 in the first six months of this year versus 12 in the first half of last year.
Despite a rash of accidents in June involving U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes, there were fewer fatalities in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. However, the number of fatal accidents involving U.S.-owned business jets increased and those involving business turboprops remained unchanged.
Gulfstream secured bragging rights as the first airplane manufacturer to offer synthetic vision, formally launching an SVS certification program at last month’s Farnborough Air Show.
Code-named synthetic vision-primary flight display (SV-PFD), the technology will come to the Gulfstream G350 through G550 as optional software upgrades to the airplanes’ PlaneView cockpits.
Bombardier Aerospace reached outside the company last month to appoint Pierre Gabriel Côté president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, a position that had been held on an interim basis for the previous 10 months by Pierre Beaudoin, president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace. Last September, Beaudoin replaced Peter Edwards, who had been with the Canadian manufacturer for 10 years.