“We oppose this proposal in every part and recommend that it be withdrawn.” This was the terse comment from fractional pilot Thomas Gasta to the FAA’s proposed regulations covering fractional aircraft ownership. The proposal, whose comment period is closed now, received more than 200 responses. The vast majority of the responses supported the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in its entirety or with minor suggested changes.
Aviation International News » January 2002
After a 26-year relationship with FlightSafety International, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) announced at last month’s NBAA Convention that it will shift MU-2 training to SimCom Training Centers in Orlando, Fla., initially using existing former FSI simulators.
When large areas of the Asian economy tanked in the late 1990s, business aviation in the region suffered. In the Macau/Hong Kong vicinity alone, as many as 30 bizjets ceased operating and have yet to return.
Boston-based RLM Software previewed a version of its FlightView flight-tracking software used by operations professionals at corporate aviation departments and charter airlines that allows users to tag specific aircraft to be monitored.
In a preview of what the FAA has in store for pilots with the introduction of Free Flight, a new “wireless to the cockpit” aircraft situation display is in development by Flight Explorer, a company that provides flight-tracking services to corporate and airline customers.
An alliance between Teledyne Controls and DeCrane Aircraft Holdings sets the stage for Teledyne to provide service subscriptions for DeCrane’s developmental e-Cabin.Connect in-flight Internet and e-mail satellite link. The system is designed to provide one-way data at speeds up to 512 kbps, with growth capability to 2 Mbps, using Teledyne’s MagnaStar telephone system or other narrow-band connection devices.
Total Aircraft Services is exploring the possibility of STCs to install BAE Systems’ Matador infrared missile countermeasure equipment on corporate jets such as the Global Express and BBJ. The system uses modulating IR lamps to disarm shoulder-launched heat-seeking missiles.
Houston-based Universal Weather & Aviation unveiled its UVglobal Network ground-handling service for corporate aircraft worldwide. Marketed under the slogan, “The end to ground turbulence,” the network consists of 45 ground-support offices in 35 countries designed to provide “consistent and reliable” ground services for its business aviation customers.
AeroCourier Group announced it received a launch order for 20 aircraft from AirShares Elite. The turboprop freight hauler is currently in the first year of a three-year design and development program, and the company said it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed money to start development work in its Bloomington., Minn., and Wichita operations.
While few seemed quite sure what to expect from the postponed NBAA Convention, those who made the trip to New Orleans last month generally expressed satisfaction with the number of attendees and the atmosphere of the show overall. The rescheduled event was held December 12 to 14 inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as the rest of the city was launching into its unique brand of holiday revelry.