The 2003 Paris Air Show, held June 15 to 22, opened against a backdrop of bitter transatlantic political disputes over France’s opposition to the U.S.-led Iraq War and the future of the Middle East. It ended with carriers from that region providing the whole aerospace industry with a welcome financial shot in the arm by placing multi-billion-dollar orders for new airliners.
Aviation International News » July 2003
It will probably not have escaped the attention of American readers of this column over the past six months that much of the history of aviation during the first half of the 20th century was written by the French, British and Germans. America took the first step when Orville and Wilbur Wright flew their Flyer on Dec.
In the mid-1980s, NBAA’s annual conventions were drawing about 70 aircraft on the static display line. At last month’s New York-area NBAA regional business aviation forum and static display at Farmingdale, Long Island, there were 41 business aircraft on the ramp, spreading out and filling a closed runway for the one-day event.
Pilots are urged to check notams carefully when operating in airspace affected by Presidential temporary flight restrictions, including the temporary closure of airports, because each one is tailored to unique conditions and circumstances due to the “unpredictable nature of the current security environment,” according to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.
A Superior Court of Arizona judge has dismissed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Cessna stemming from the crash of a 1980 Model 210 in October 2000 that killed the pilot and his wife. In rejecting the suit, the judge cited the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) of 1994, which protects general aviation manufacturers from most product-liability claims involving airplanes more than 18 years old.
A new federal tax-cut law contains an increase in the bonus depreciation percentage from 30 percent to 50 percent in the first-year allowance for the purchase of capital goods, including new aircraft. The rate will be available for any new aircraft–regardless of value if used under Part 91–acquired after May 5, 2003, and before Jan. 1, 2005. The aircraft must be placed in service before Jan. 1, 2006.
A wrongful-death trial in connection with the fatal crash of a Gulfstream III in Aspen, Colo., on March 29, 2001, started last month in Los Angeles Superior Court. The plaintiffs, representing the families of three of the 18 people killed in the accident, are seeking damages from the aircraft owner, operator and the estate of the pilots, who were also killed in the crash.
The manufacturer of portable halon fire extinguishers targeted for mandatory replacement said the units involved “do not represent a safety problem,” even though they are not in compliance with technical requirements. In a proposed AD, the FAA is calling for the removal of some 39,000 of the extinguishers due to improper crimping of the units’ siphon tubes.
A more powerful, better performing Caravan 208 with improved fuel burn is the goal of Anchorage-based Aero Twin, which is working on a mod to convert the turboprop single from its original 675-shp P&WC PT6 to the 850-shp Honeywell TPE331-12JR-701S. Aero Twin, which first flew a prototype “850 Caravan” on October 2 and had expected to receive an STC for the conversion this spring, has pushed back its certification target to the fall.
United Airlines last month asked a judge overseeing its bankruptcy case for permission to end the code-sharing and marketing agreement with regional carrier Great Lakes Aviation. According to a UAL spokesman, the request is “essentially procedural” and does not mean UAL rejects out of hand Great Lakes as a code-sharing and marketing partner.