Supersonic transport research carried out within the European Commission’s 6th Research Framework Program has received attention since Italian manufacturer Alenia and Russian manufacturer Sukhoi signed a coop- erative agreement.
Aviation International News » August 2006
The Farnborough International airshow appears to have rediscovered its vim and vigor, refreshed by a new format and site facilities. As this year’s show drew to a close, indications were that the event had drawn record attendance on its trade and public days.
Partly as the result of a 10-percent survey return rate (which experts consider statistically significant) and partly because we have improved our survey methodology, this year’s report contains more depth, including the addition of several OEMs to the ratings list.
Hard to believe perhaps, but 10 years have passed since Boeing entered the executive aircraft market by unveiling a dedicated corporate 737 variant, the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). In the decade since that launch, military, airline and fractional-ownership operators have joined traditional corporate customers in answering the knock of the U.S. manufacturer’s salesmen.
Bombardier is forecasting continued growth for the business aviation industry over the next five years and is positioning itself, though somewhat cautiously, to take advantage of the market.
Early last month the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would require VFR pilots to complete Internet-based training before being allowed to fly near–as opposed to into–the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
Two federal watchdog agencies told Congress that the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) needs a permanent director and long-range funding to ensure the success of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) and the modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS) to handle traffic loads expected by 2025.
Eric Wicksell is suing Bombardier for negligence, claiming the Challenger 601 is defective because operating and training manuals didn’t disclose what he alleges is the twinjet’s high susceptibility to icing. Wicksell was the copilot of the Challenger 601 involved in the fatal crash at Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado on Nov. 28, 2004.
“Was That for Us…?” is a new DVD from the FAA providing guidance on reducing runway incursions. The presentation, available from principal operations inspectors and FSDOs, also introduces an FAA program to enhance taxiway-centerline markings. Operators of the 72 busiest airports must install the new markings at all taxiways with runway holding positions by June 30, 2008.
The pilot of a Mitsubishi MU-2 that crashed shortly after takeoff from Portland-Hillsboro (Ore.) Airport in May last year had falsified his records, according to the NTSB. After the accident, which killed all four aboard, the NTSB found two sets of FAA records, the first for Michael McCartney, whose Social Security Number ended in 0866.