Aviation International News » January 2011

December 29, 2010 - 3:50am

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added three new gateway airports for general ­aviation flights headed for Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). Screening under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) will now take place at the Signature Flight Support FBOs at Newark Liberty (EWR), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) and Jacksonville International (JAX) ­airports.

December 29, 2010 - 3:38am

Bombardier Aerospace third-quarter financial results show total aerospace revenues of $1.8 billion, down from $2.1 billion for the quarter ending October 31, 2009. The total backlog as of October 31 was valued at $16.2 ­billion. The Canadian OEM delivered 33 business aircraft in the third quarter.

December 29, 2010 - 3:34am

The owner and operator of Shelby Enterprises of Suffern, N.Y. has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in connection with an aircraft parts laundering scheme involving the sale of approximately $3 million in scrapped jet engine parts, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

December 29, 2010 - 3:30am

The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC), whose membership represents a cross section of the aviation industry, last month presented Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood with a list of recommendations aimed at ensuring the strength, competitiveness and safety of U.S. aviation.

December 29, 2010 - 3:30am

Congress voted for a 17th time on December 18 to extend ­aviation programs, taxes and Airport and Airways Trust Fund ­spending authority through March 31, 2011, which ­essentially provides ­breathing room for the ­incoming 112th Congress to pass a new FAA reauthorization bill. Rep.

December 29, 2010 - 3:29am

Bell Helicopter announced an upgrade package for its 412EP that features more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-9 engines which will yield a 15 percent power increase, and glass-panel avionics akin to those in the new 429 light twin. The STC ­project is expected to be approved this year and will be available for customers beginning next year on all new 412EPs and as a retrofit package.

December 29, 2010 - 3:28am

On December 17, President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance ­Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. The Act includes “100-percent expensing” of investments in capital assets, such as business aircraft, purchased between Sept. 8, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2011.

December 29, 2010 - 3:26am

Honda Aircraft Company announced late last month that it completed the first flight of an FAA-conforming HondaJet. The light jet took off for a ­51-minute flight on December 20, from the company’s ­headquarters facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.

December 29, 2010 - 3:25am

Hawker Beechcraft and the state of Kansas reached an ­agreement late last month that will keep the airframer in Wichita for at least the next decade.

December 29, 2010 - 3:22am

Bombardier achieved a breakthrough sale for its new Global 7000 when Comlux The Aviation Group signed a contract for two of the ultra-long-range jets at last month's Middle East Business Aviation convention in Dubai. It was the first of two deals signed at the show by Bombardier, which left Dubai with at least $285 million in new business.