Aviation International News » December 2010

November 29, 2010 - 9:40am

Year-over-year airplane deliveries declined again in the third quarter, but revenue at the manufacturers took a much smaller dip. According to the third-quarter shipment report released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), this marked the industry’s eighth straight quarterly slide in deliveries, with overall shipments down 14.5 percent compared with the first three quarters of last year.

November 29, 2010 - 9:21am

In an October report titled “FAA faces significant risks in implementing the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast program and realizing benefits,” the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG) criticizes the FAA’s uncertainty on avionics costs and specifications, ground station contracting arrangements and program oversight, among other things.

November 29, 2010 - 9:17am

With the comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on flight-, duty- and rest-time requirements for Part 121 flight crews closing on November 15, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed concern that the FAA plans eventually to expand the regulations to encompass Part 135 on-demand operations.

November 29, 2010 - 9:07am

What the GAMA third-quarter numbers subtracted from the upbeat mood generated by October’s NBAA Convention, Gulfstream Aerospace restored in part when it announced ambitious plans last month for a major seven-year expansion project at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters “to ensure that the company is well positioned to meet future demand for business jets and support services” (see page 6).