The FAA introduced another online information-dissemination vehicle on October 30, this one called Information for Operators (InFO). An InFO provides commercial operators information “that should help them meet certain administrative, regulatory or operational requirements with relatively low urgency or impact on safety,” the FAA explained.
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Stage III Technologies, which 18 months ago received an STC for its Stage 3 hush kit/cascade thrust reverser for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs, plans to have its long-awaited first installation under way in February at Western Jet in Van Nuys, Calif.
In recent letters to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) asked the agency to form an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to address industry concerns regarding its impending rule to require commercial and fractional jet pilots to perform landing distance assessments at the time of arrival including a more restrictive safety margin.
Bombardier’s Flexjet might be the only fractional provider that can say it has been profitable for the second consecutive year. “We believe we are the only fractional provider than can claim this,” said a company spokeswoman. She said the company attributes this to “operational efficiency, a right-sized fleet, success with new models [the Challenger 300 in particular] and continued emphasis on program innovations.”
The comment period on a proposal to continue the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) closes December 29. The program, which includes a slot-reservation system for general aviation operations (six slots are available per hour between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.), is currently set to expire on January 1.
The FAA is extending through Oct. 31, 2008, a flight-reduction program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. Through several six-month extensions, the program has been in effect continuously since November 2004. The FAA said that the flight limits imposed since 2004 “have been effective” in easing congestion.
Eclipse Aviation has scored a first-round knockout in a lawsuit filed against it this September by PA Aviace, following U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo’s November 10 denial of Aviace’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the Albuquerque manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ). Aviace filed for voluntary dismissal of its suit three days later.
Eclipse Aviation expected to have delivered its first Eclipse 500 very light jet by the time this issue was printed, according to Eclipse president and CEO Vern Raburn. The Model 500 received full FAA type certification on September 30, although flight-into-known-icing approval remains pending and some avionics functionality will not be available until next year.
Mission Oaks National Bank in Temecula, Calif., hopes to become the lender of choice for pilots shopping for general aviation airplanes and, in some cases, helicopters in the western U.S. from New Mexico to Washington, as well as Nevada and Arizona, and occasionally other states. The bank will consider loans on aircraft valued up to $3.5 million. Veteran aviation lender Juan Alonzo has been hired to manage the new aircraft loan department.
NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) recently marked its 30th anniversary. Established in 1975 under a memorandum of understanding with the FAA, the program has received more than 474,000 reports from flight crews, air traffic controllers, mechanics and others. According to ASRS officials, no reporter’s identity has been breached and no reporter has been prosecuted solely on the basis of the information reported.