The FAA last month announced a proposed rule that would require all U.S. pilot certificates to include a photo of the certificate holder. Under the proposal, pilots would obtain a new photo certificate valid for eight years, after which they would need to update their photo and obtain a new certificate.
Aviation International News » December 2010
The newest and largest member of Bombardier’s ubiquitous regional jet line, the 100-seat CRJ1000, has won certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Canadian manufacturer announced on November 10. Bombardier expects to start deliveries to the type’s first operator, Spain’s Air Nostrum, by year-end.
Last month’s China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai provided a boost for those in business aviation growing tired of hearing about the country’s seemingly limitless, but so far unfulfilled, scope for growth in this sector. The number of business jets in China is set to soar from its current level of 100 or so to between 700 and 900 by 2019, according to the latest manufacturer projections made at the event.
On November 12, Van Nuys-based charter/management provider TWC Aviation completed its acquisition of ACM Aviation, which is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Newly named ACM Aviation Services is now a wholly owned subsidiary of TWC Aviation, according to CEO Andrew Richmond, who is now also CEO of ACM. The combined companies manage 65 aircraft–more than 50 of which are on their charter certificates–at 22 operating bases.
It’s no secret that Cessna is in the early stages of developing a new single-engine turboprop–one designed for fast, comfortable traveling and intended to complement the company’s highly successful utilitarian turboprop single, the Caravan.
With the Republican victories last month, several prominent backers of general aviation have moved on. The highest-profile loss for aviation as a whole was Rep. James Oberstar (D-Wis.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The 36-year legislator is considered by many to be the most knowledgeable lawmaker in Congress on aviation issues.
AeroBridge (née Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies, or Care) said it received commitments for continued support during national and international
France’s helicopter lobby association, the UFH, is concerned about new rules recently released by the country’s civil aviation authority, the DGAC. The UFH
Gulfstream selected Universal Avionics’ cockpit voice recorder with recorder independent power supply (Rips) and flight data recorder as forward-fit, standard equipment on the G450, G550 and G650. With this move, Gulfstream will be the first fixed-wing OEM to be in compliance with an FAA final rule mandating Rips for
certain aircraft. Rips technology provides a backup power source in the event of a main power failure.
A Brazilian air traffic controller was given a 14-month suspended sentence last month in the 2006 midair of a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an Embraer Legacy 600. The collision sent the airliner into the Amazon forest, killing all 154 aboard, while the business jet managed an emergency landing at a military airbase.