AOPA and seven flight schools have challenged in federal court a New York state law that requires criminal background checks for all flight school students. The law went into effect in September.
Aviation International News » January 2007
Dassault Falcon Jet’s Little Rock, Ark., completion center on December 12 accepted the first Falcon 7X (S/N 05) for completion. The world’s first purpose-built fly-by-wire business jet is slated for delivery to its European-based customer in the second quarter.
Cessna has asked the FAA to allow the Citation CJ4, being certified under Part 23, to meet the lower landing gear ground loads of Part 25. The reduced ground loads under Part 25 will result in an overall weight reduction of 36 pounds. “A 36-pound reduction per aircraft can provide a 0.24-pound fuel saving over a typical flight,” Cessna said.
A DOT notice issued December 19 warns colleges arranging charter flights on large aircraft to football bowl games, basketball playoffs or other “special events” that Part 125 operators and independent charter brokers are not regulated to the same level as Part 121 carriers.
Although the FAA allowed only 30 days for comments on the proposed Special FAR mandating Mitsubishi MU-2 pilot training, 72 comments were submitted to the docket. The SFAR will require all MU-2 pilots to obtain initial/transition, requalification, recurrent and/or differences training.
Industry groups, including NBAA, were working with the FAA late last year to get it to ease requirements on two issues that carried a January deadline.
On December 21 Raytheon announced a $3.3 billion “definitive agreement” that will result in the sale of Raytheon Aircraft to Onex Partners of Toronto and GS Capital Partners (an affiliate of New York-based Goldman Sachs) and establish Hawker Beechcraft Corp.
It has been a long road for Raytheon Aircraft, but on November 21 the Hawker 4000 (née Horizon) super-midsize received full FAA certification, following the award of provisional certification almost two years earlier, and more than 10 years since the program was announced at the 1996 NBAA Convention.
For this year’s look in the crystal ball, AIN added a number of aircraft to the list to reflect ongoing programs more accurately. While many of these aircraft are derivative and not original certifications, they are still new and deserve to be counted.
Ten months ago all 16 of England’s and Wales’ air ambulances created the Association of Air Ambulance Charities (AAAC) to lobby the government to consider the needs of the air ambulance community. The AAAC argues that the lives and money the group saves warrant it some influence.