The FAA plans to start introducing instrument approaches using its Wide Area Augmentation System on July 10, bringing much higher levels of accuracy, signal availability and approach performance to GPS-based satnav. WAAS avionics now entering the market herald the end of today’s “dive and drive” nonprecision approaches, replacing them with two new procedures.
Aviation International News » July 2003
The Friends of Meigs Field is seeking money for a legal defense fund to prevent further damage to Meigs Field, the Chicago airport whose runway was gouged just after midnight on Sunday, March 30 by order of Mayor Richard Daley.
All U.S.-operated MD 900-series helicopters were ordered grounded pending inspection of their main rotor retention bolts (P/N 900R3100001-103). An FAA emergency AD (2003-13-51) issued on June 23 was prompted by two cases of bolt failure, both occurring aboard MD 902s operating in the UK.
Watch for the FAA this month, at long last, to publish revisions to Part 91, including the new Subpart K for regulating fractional operations. The rulemaking, an NPRM since early 2001, is also expected to contain changes to Part 135 that aim to level the playing field between fractional and air-taxi operations.
If you had just bought a $23 million corporate jet, do you think the manufacturer would tell you if it knew the airplane had a potentially dangerous mechanical problem? When a dozen professional pilots were asked that question, each responded in the affirmative. “Of course–the OEMs are required by law to disclose that sort of thing,” one said. But the truth isn’t quite so simple.
Both the House and the Senate passed their own versions of an FAA reauthorization bill last month, so differences between the two measures–and the threat of Presidential veto–must be resolved by a House/ Senate conference committee before Congress casts its final vote.
Shelley Longmuir, United Airlines’ senior vice president of international, regulatory and governmental affairs, has been named president of NBAA and will take office July 7. She succeeds Jack Olcott, who is retiring after more than 11 years at the helm of the association.
The Beech Starship fleet is being destroyed at the behest of manufacturer Raytheon, which owns 40 of the 50 production airplanes built between 1988 and 1995.
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