With the days before Congress’ summer vacation rapidly dwindling, the FAA funding conundrum continued last month. In late June, Congress bought itself three more months when it extended the agency’s current funding and programs until September 30. Lawmakers now have extended aviation funding and taxes five times since they initially expired on Sept. 30, 2007.
Aviation International News » August 2008
Daniel Elwell, FAA assistant administrator for aviation policy, planning and environment, has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as v-p of civil aviation. He had been the agency’s point man on environmental matters and directed the annual aviation forecast conference.
No sooner had the ink dried on a report by the Institute for Policy Studies and Essential Action (IPS/EA) claiming super-wealthy private jet owners are enjoying tax breaks and luxury at the public’s expense than general aviation stood up to vociferously disagree.
Clinton, Mo.-based Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) has received STC approval for its one-, two- and three-place side-facing divans on the Cessna 441 Conquest II. The approval for the twin turboprop involves the removal of existing seats and furnishings, situating the new divan in the desired location and locking the feet in place.
While many expected 2008 to be one of the slowest summers in quite a while for the pre-owned market, foreign buying activity seems to have given the industry a boost. There are still plenty of U.S. buyers, but because prices rose to new heights a year ago as inventory fell, many seem to be holding back until the ongoing retrenchment in pricing is fully realized.
Swiss aircraft charter and management group Comlux Aviation is stepping up its efforts to become a full-service business aviation service group with the creation of new aircraft sales and completions divisions. The Zurich-based company has taken a
40-percent share in the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre in Toulouse and is establishing operational bases in Malta and Kazakhstan.
Dassault Falcon Jet selected the Nordam Group to manufacture cabinetry for the Falcon 7X. The deal calls for the Tulsa, Okla.-based company to produce full
StarPortUSA, based at Orlando-Sanford (Fla.) International Airport, is now an authorized line maintenance service center for Honeywell Aerospace. This allows StarPort to perform line maintenance on Honeywell turbofan engines and auxiliary power units. Additionally, the company is an authorized Honeywell avionics sales, installation and service center.
Wrongful-death suits brought on behalf of family members of passengers and crew killed in the 2006 midair between an Embraer Legacy and a Brazilian Gol 737 airliner were dismissed on July 3 by U.S District Court Judge Brian Cogan, based on his determination that the Brazilian courts are a more appropriate venue. The midair killed all 154 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing, but all aboard the business jet survived.
The FAA is working on a review of Part 23 certification regulations, with the goal of “improving the certification process and requirements and also continuing to improve the safety and reliability of such aircraft throughout their lifecycle,” according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).