The large-cabin Cessna Citation Columbus program has been “formally cancelled,” according to an Form 8-K report parent company Textron filed last month with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Aviation International News » August 2009
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has agreed to extend discussion of the most contentious points arising from its proposed new rules for aircraft operations and has indicated that it could permit greater flexibility for business aviation on issues such as flight- and duty-time limitations (FTL).
With the FAA getting ready to take another run at flight, duty and rest regulations, Part 135 operators want to assure that their segment of the aviation industry is not included with Part 121 commercial airlines.
Proposed new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) standards from the National Fire Protection Association would not have changed the outcome of previous aircraft accidents, according to the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), citing a six-month study conducted by the Airport Cooperative Research Program.
Gulfstream Aerospace received FAA certification to use the second-generation Gulfstream enhanced-vision system (EVS II) on the midsize G150. The system is available for both new and in-service G150s, Gulfstream said. Using an infrared camera mounted in the airplane’s nose, the EVS II projects real-time images of the aircraft’s surroundings on a multifunction display.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the compliance date for certain rules relating to fuel spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPCC), to November 10 next year. According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), rule changes that took effect in 2002 and 2006 will affect facilities that store fuel, such as FBOs, but the requirements depend on when the facility began operation.
Royal Jet and Arabasco launched a joint venture to expand private charter services in Saudi Arabia. Under the deal, Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet will base one of its five Boeing Business Jets and a Gulfstream G300, respectively, at the Jeddah and Riyadh bases of FBO/maintenance group Arabasco, and will also permanently station aircrew and support staff in Saudi Arabia.
According to JP Morgan Global Equity Research, pre-owned business jet inventories in June remained stable at 14.4 percent of the active fleet, “a further sign of stabilization at this very high level.” Used inventories of Cessna, Embraer and Hawker Beechcraft jets decreased, according to the report, “while other OEMs saw inventories rise.” Of the 23 aircraft models tracked by JP Morgan, 12 had higher inventories, 10 were lower and one was flat
While the industry cheers small gains, on any given day the bits and pieces of good news (+) have typically been overwhelmed by the bad (-) as the economic crisis and credit crunch continues. Here’s a bit of both.
Delta Air Lines’ plans to cut another 10 percent of its system capacity this fall will result in the loss of 100 pilot jobs at Comair, 110 at Mesaba Airlines and 56 at Atlantic Southeast. ASA’s cuts take effect September 1, while a planned 20-percent drop in block hours by the end of September at Comair will require a broad review of all staffing levels “in the coming weeks.”