AINtv.com has won the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award (AJOYA) for best airshow coverage. The pioneering online TV coverage from AIN has been webcasting since September 2006 and was honored for its content at the June 2007 Paris Air Show.
Aviation International News » August 2008
As it did for the Embraer Phenom 100 earlier this year, the FAA is proposing special conditions for certification of Honda Aircraft’s HA-420 HondaJet that would require a fire-extinguishing system even though FAR Part 23 does not require them. With engines mounted outside the pilots’ field of view, “early visual detection of engine fires is precluded,” according to the FAA.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating two recent runway incursions at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB). The probe will focus on a June 25 incident involving a Learjet 45 and a July 9 ground incursion involving a NetJets Dassault Falcon 2000 and a Cessna 172.
Farnborough International Limited (FIL), organizer of the Farnborough International airshow, will collaborate with the Kingdom of Bahrain on a new show to be held in January 2010. The Royal Bahrain Air Show will take place over three days at the Sheikh Isa Airbase in Bahrain.
Scott Donnelly has left his position as president and CEO of GE Aviation to take on the role of executive vice president and COO of Textron, the parent company of Cessna and Bell Helicopter. Donnelly spent 19 years at GE, most recently heading
up the company’s jet engine and aircraft systems division. David Joyce, formerly vice president for commercial engines at GE, replaces Donnelly.
Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines will continue flying its Bombardier CRJ900s as a Delta Connection carrier under its existing 10-year code-share contract. Delta informed Pinnacle in early June of its decision to dissolve the contract, effective July 31, due to performance shortcomings, but Pinnacle fought the decision, based on its assertion that Delta failed to collaborate on a mutually acceptable schedule as required under the contract.
The FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have signed a bilateral agreement that will strengthen air safety while reducing regulatory burdens and costs for manufacturers, operators and aviation authorities in the U.S. and Europe.
Epic Aircraft parent company Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) and Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing (TAM) in June further cemented their joint venture to develop the eight-seat TAM-AIR Elite Jet for the CIS market. The sole Elite Jet prototype will be based temporarily at TAM’s facility at Tbilisi International Airport in the republic of Georgia for demonstration and marketing purposes.
Recent industry scuttlebutt that Daher Aerospace will take a majority stake in EADS Socata is likely to be confirmed next month following “exclusive negotiations” between the two companies announced last month.
A flash fire in the hangar at Berry Aviation in Austin, Texas, on the morning of June 27 destroyed a 30-passenger Dornier 328-100 turboprop that was undergoing an extensive interior refurbishment. The company is investigating the cause of the sudden fire.