Although very light jets (VLJ) will be operating at the same altitudes (including RVSM airspace) as and mingling with airliners and larger business jets, there is no requirement that the small jets be equipped with TCAS or TAWS because they do not meet the minimum seat configuration as spelled out in Parts 91 and 135.
Aviation International News » December 2006
The DOT Inspector General office has given an unqualified, or “clean,” opinion of the financial statements of the NTSB following an outside private audit for FY 2006.
On November 9, the second Bell/Agusta BA609 tiltrotor prototype made its maiden flight in Italy. The flight took place at an Italian Air Force airfield in Cameri, near Milan. The 52-minute first flight was quickly followed by more test flights. As of November 15, the aircraft had flown in helicopter mode only.
Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), the ranking minority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is no fan of aviation user fees. General aviation interests should be heartened because he is expected to become chairman of the committee that is responsible for FAA funding when the 110th Congress convenes early next month.
New York City-based Arcadia Aviation announced plans late last month to create a $20 million, 200,000-sq-ft corporate hangar and office complex at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va. Groundbreaking for the first phase–a 20,000-sq-ft hangar with 3,600 sq ft of attached offices–is anticipated early next year. Future hangar expansion will be capable of storing BBJ, 757 and MD-80 size aircraft.
Manufacturers should be required to determine if engine restart capability exists after high-power, high-altitude flameouts, according to the NTSB. For airplanes susceptible to engine core lock, manufacturers should be required to provide design or operational means to ensure restart capability.
The 560-pound-thrust DGEN380 turbofan engine recently made its first run in Tarnos, France, start-up company Price Induction announced. So far, the engine’s stability and vibration level are satisfactory, the company said. The 50 hours of the first test segment are being spread over this month.
The NTSB’s analysis of the Nov. 22, 2004, crash of a Business Jet Services Gulfstream III suggests that the pilots might have followed the fast/slow indicator on the left side of their EADIs instead of the glideslope on the right. On the way to pick up former President George H.W. Bush, the aircraft crashed into a light pole more than three miles southwest of Houston’s Hobby Airport while attempting to shoot the ILS Runway 4 approach.
Swissport Executive Aviation plans to open a dedicated business aircraft handling operation at Zurich International Airport on January 1. Passengers will be
accommodated in Zurich’s general aviation center or a VIP lounge in the main terminal. Current handlers at Zurich are Jet Aviation, which operates from the GA center, and ExecuJet Aviation, which occupies the former Signature Flight Support terminal.
NBAA and the Allied Pilots Association, the union representing 13,000 American Airlines pilots, have added their voices to the growing international call to bring home the two U.S. pilots who continue to be detained in Brazil after the September 29 midair between their Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines 737 (see page one). On November 20, NBAA sent a letter to the president of Brazil calling for the immediate return of the two pilots.