Aviation International News » December 2009

November 24, 2009 - 4:09am

Apple hit a big milestone last month: its App Store officially surpassed 100,000 apps. That’s a mind-numbing number when you consider that the App Store didn’t even exist until July last year. Apple hit the 65,000-app mark a year later. The continued development pace is nothing short of amazing.

November 24, 2009 - 4:05am

how do you top an event that broke airshow records in 2007 when it generated $155 billion worth of business in just five days– roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Hungary or Kuwait for an entire year? Fairs & Exhibitions surely never expected the 2009 Dubai Airshow to top its predecessor in terms of sheer monetary value, and indeed the final orders tally–valued at $14 billion–came to less than 10 percent of the 2007 total.

November 24, 2009 - 4:01am

A settlement has been reached in one lawsuit stemming from the September 2008 crash of a Learjet 60 in which Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein was injured. According to Los Angeles County Superior Court papers, the widow of pilot James Bland, who died in the Columbia, S.C.

November 24, 2009 - 4:00am

Even in the era of ultra-high-technology security screening, there is still a place for traditional aircrew “wings,” name badges and other uniform insignia. Perhaps even more so. In fact, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that all airline pilots and cabin attendants be clearly identified by insignia, such as pilot wings and name and cap badges decorated with a clear corporate identity.

November 24, 2009 - 3:58am

On October 30 the FAA rejected the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s application for a nighttime noise curfew. The airport spent more than $7 million applying for permission to restrict nighttime operations under FAR Part 161, submitting a completed application on May 29.

November 24, 2009 - 3:51am

Embraer took the Lineage 1000 into Teterboro Airport, N.J., last month to show it’s the largest business airplane the size-restricted airport can accept. Operators of other aircraft might be able to adjust one parameter to squeeze in legally by keeping their weight below 100,000 pounds, but they’re stuck with the wingspan limit, which is set by taxiway clearances and excludes any aircraft with a span exceeding 100 feet.

November 24, 2009 - 3:51am

The NTSB issued another set of recommendations regarding helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) operations, this time highlighting concerns with FAA oversight of public aircraft operators. These recommendations stem from a fatal accident on September 27 last year involving a Maryland State Police Eurocopter AS 365N1 operated as a public medical evacuation (see page 56).

November 24, 2009 - 3:49am

On November 19, the FAA’s computerized system for loading flight plans failed, causing widespread traffic delays of up to 90 minutes and some airline flight cancellations. Between approximately 5:15 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. EST the Nadin (national airspace data interchange network) system failed at both its Atlanta and Salt Lake City locations due to a router problem.

November 24, 2009 - 3:48am

Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production Citation CJ4 last month and sent it to the paint and interior shops for completion. FAA certification of the largest CJ is in the final stages, according to Cessna, and first deliveries will begin in the first half of next year. The CJ4 flight-test fleet has logged more than 1,000 flights.

November 24, 2009 - 3:47am

NBAA is offering a 10-percent discount on the Virtual Flight Surgeons Complete Aeromedical Services Program (Casp). The program is designed to help pilots obtain expert guidance about potential medical certification problems. Casp includes confidential e-mail and phone consultations, waiver advocacy, case preparation, follow-up with the FAA, renewal submission, flight physiology and medical procedures/programs review.