Aviation International News » February 2004

February 1, 2007 - 9:11am

Two top executives of Tyler Jet L.L.C. pleaded guilty last month in Texas Eastern District Court on one count of money laundering in a scheme that cost banks, businesses and individuals across the country nearly $20 million.

According to the office of the U.S. Attorney, former president and CEO Timothy Beverley, 47, and former CFO Gregory Hopper, 49, were accused of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

February 1, 2007 - 9:03am

It is surprising how many different vendors exist in the flight department training arena–companies that offer diverse, high-quality programs unknown to the majority of corporate flight department managers.

February 1, 2007 - 9:00am

The FAA is proposing a “Policy for Complex Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) 1” that will change FAR 21.31 (type design) and 21.53 (statement of conformity) by introducing a new classification of STC known as “complex STCs.”

February 1, 2007 - 8:58am

Members of the National Association of Air Traffic Specialists (NAATS), the labor union that represents more than 2,700 FAA employees who staff the agency’s automated flight service stations (AFSS), are joining with information technology contractor Harris Corp. in a bid to keep their jobs from being outsourced to a private company.

February 1, 2007 - 8:55am
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The second and final test Bombardier Global 5000 took its first, four-hour flight northwest of Toronto on January 8. During the inaugural flight it reached an altitude of 17,000 feet and an indicated airspeed of 340 knots.

February 1, 2007 - 8:50am

Last year’s slump in commercial aircraft sales and employment was not as sharp as predicted and not nearly as deep as the industry experienced 10 years ago. That’s the assessment of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), which also sees a recovery for civil aviation between next year and 2006, along with a concurrent upswing for aerospace employment.

February 1, 2007 - 8:45am
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When it comes to trying to determine what plans Honda has for its HondaJet project, a lot of the seemingly obvious evidence could be misleading. For example, just because the company has spent millions developing the engine and airframe hardly ensures that it actually plans to take it to market anytime soon–if ever.

February 1, 2007 - 8:36am
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Wire strikes–long the bane of low-altitude rotorcraft and agplane operations–could be reduced if a system now undergoing testing on both sides of the Atlantic is able to supplement or even replace marker balls and continuously flashing strobes. It could also aid other low-flying aircraft in avoiding any obstacles in the flight path.

February 1, 2007 - 6:33am
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 “LAST BIG PLUM” REVISITED–Burt Rutan and the Voyager team in 1986 described their quest to fly around the world nonstop and unrefueled as “the last big plum” in the orchard of aviation records. In 1999 Messrs. Piccard and Jones, similarly, characterized their ultimately successful circumnavigation of the world in the Breitling Orbiter balloon as “the last great aeronautical adventure.”

February 1, 2007 - 6:19am

When Congress passed the FAA reauthorization bill late last year, it opened the path for the Jackson Hole, Wyo. airport authority to impose a ban on Stage 2 aircraft (less than 75,000 pounds) without the need for an FAR Part 161 study. Last month the airport issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for its Stage 2 ban.

 
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