Kenneth Emerick of GM Worldwide Travel has been elected chairman of the NBAA board of directors, replacing Donald Baldwin, who resigned to pursue other career interests. At its regular quarterly meeting last month in Washington, the board also named Jeffrey Lee of IBM to fill the post of vice chairman previously held by Emerick.
Aviation International News » January 2005
The new Gulfstream 150 business jet remains on schedule to be officially rolled out at Israel Aircraft Industries on January 18, make its first flight in May, receive FAA certification in the first quarter of next year and enter service in the third quarter of next year. The 2,700-nm, $13.5 million jet is an upgraded G100 (itself the former Astra SPX).
The National Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has ordered the south Pacific country’s Civil Aviation Authority to release a Cessna Citation II found to have made an illegal landing 11 days earlier at an abandoned airstrip near Aropa on the island of Bougainville.
SheltAir COO Ed Zwirn told AIN at press time that his company is considering its legal options after the city of Atlanta threw out all bids for a new lease on the FBO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Recent input from NBAA and new ICAO documents help clarify international ELT requirements. Starting this month, commercial air transport operators, including those under Part 135, flying in Europe, Russia and on long-range over-water flights (at least 400 nm offshore) must carry two ELTs capable of transmitting on 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz (ICAO Annex 6, Part 1).
Since it was disclosed late last month that President Bush has directed the Department of Defense to draw up plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of GPS satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the technology, operators have been seeking more details and clarification of the policy. How U.S. policy would apply to Galileo, Europe’s planned GPS network, is unknown.
The FAA is proposing to amend airman medical standards so that refusing to submit to a required drug or alcohol test carries the same penalty as failing a test–revocation of an airman medical certificate. The same penalty awaits a pilot with an alcohol test result of 0.04 or greater. Comments on the proposal are due March 14. For more information, call the FAA at (202) 267-8693.
Embraer expected to win Brazilian certification of its new 78- to 86-seat 175 soon after AIN went to press last month, marking the official introduction of the second aircraft of Embraer’s four-member series of jets ranging from 70 to 108 seats in capacity.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is recommending that the FAA change its regulations to make it illegal for aircraft to take off with so-called “polished frost.” The AAIB also urged all aviation authorities that follow the FAA’s current practice to delete references to polished frost within their regulations and expunge the term from approved operations manuals.
After a two-year period that saw Bombardier lay off thousands of aerospace workers, divest itself of aviation and non-aviation assets, close a key service center (in Indianapolis) and consolidate business aircraft manufacturing, the company’s board of directors last month acted on the recommendation of its human resource and compensation committee to fire CEO Paul Tellier.