Aviation International News » January 2003

January 7, 2008 - 10:58am

Bombardier Flexjet has reduced to 25 the minimum block of flying hours required to join the company’s Jet Membership charter program. The previous minimum was 50 hr. Customers’ cost of enrollment in the 25-hr program will depend on various factors, “most notably their flight profile and the aircraft selected for the trip.” Outside Europe, Jet Membership clients can use their hours for travel in the U.S., company officials said.

January 7, 2008 - 10:49am

Effective January 1, newly manufactured European-registered airplanes in air-taxi and other commercial operations and having an mtow of at least 12,500 lb or more than nine passenger seats (but fewer than 30) must be equipped with class-A terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS). A requirement for TAWS retrofits on like aircraft manufactured before January 1 doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2005.

January 7, 2008 - 10:48am

Effective January 1, newly manufactured European-registered airplanes in air-taxi and other commercial operations and having an mtow of at least 12,500 lb or more than nine passenger seats (but fewer than 30) must be equipped with class-A terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS). A requirement for TAWS retrofits on like aircraft manufactured before January 1 doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2005.

January 7, 2008 - 10:46am

The FAA is considering a formal request by Cessna to certify its CJ3 under the commuter category of FAR Part 23. The new jet is a longer and heavier derivative of the 12,500-lb-mtow CJ2 and cannot be certified under the normal category of Part 23. The CJ3 will have a mtow of 13,870 lb. Cessna planned from the start to obtain commuter-category certification, but is required to submit an official request.

January 7, 2008 - 10:29am

Higher-than-expected engine fuel consumption is causing a six-month delay, to this March, in certification of the Dassault Falcon 2000EX. According to the French manufacturer, the increased fuel consumption of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C turbofan has also prompted an increase in the airplane’s fuel capacity and mtow to preserve range guarantees. Delivery plans remain on schedule.

January 7, 2008 - 10:26am

The first Global Express entered service in July 1999, and late last year the 100th copy of the business jet was delivered. Recipient of the centennial Global Express was Stanford Financial Group of Houston. Bombardier said the 91 in-service Global Expresses have achieved dispatch reliability of 99.18 percent.

January 7, 2008 - 10:24am

“We are devastated by this tragedy and our primary concern is for the families,” Gordon Pratt, president of avionics maker Chelton Flight Systems, said of the October 15 accident that killed two high-level employees. It took two months for Chelton’s parent company, Cobham PLC in the UK, to clear a statement.

January 7, 2008 - 10:11am

The diesel-powered Diamond DA42 TwinStar made its first flight on December 9 from the factory at Wiener Neustadt, Austria. TwinStar’s Thielert Centurion 1.7 engines rated at 135 hp each are designed to operate on both diesel fuel and jet-A1. The composite-construction four-seat aircraft has a single-lever power control for each engine, fuel consumption of 67 pph at 180 kt and an option for an all-glass cockpit.

January 7, 2008 - 10:09am

Old timers may remember ATC requests to report the “middle marker inbound.” But it’s been such a long time since they have been an integral part of an ILS (in 1992 landing penalties were removed for inoperative middle markers) that the FAA has proposed to officially drop the middle marker as a required component of the approach.

January 7, 2008 - 10:07am

Raytheon Aircraft completed preliminary flight tests last month toward reducing the Premier I balanced field length by up to 300 ft. Final flight testing is planned for the second quarter, with completion scheduled for summer. Separately, the data from four individual aircraft that have received RVSM approval is being used to obtain group approval, scheduled to be introduced in production aircraft with Premier No.

 
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