In response to questions submitted by members of the House subcommittee on space and aeronautics, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said recently that a cost estimate for the next-generation air transportation system (NGATS) is critical since Congress needs to understand what is necessary to fund the ATC system of the future.
Aviation International News » July 2006
At press time, the NTSB had not issued its preliminary report on the June 2 accident involving Learjet 35 N182K, which crashed in Baker Cove a few hundred yards short
The DOT Inspector General is auditing the FAA’s progress in implementing its plan to hire approximately 12,500 new controllers to replace those expected to leave over the next 10 years. In December 2004 the FAA issued the first in a series of annual reports outlining its plans for addressing that challenge.
Beginning last month, buyers of any new Bombardier business jet can opt for a new cost-per-flight-hour maintenance support program. Under “Smart Maintenance Plus,” unscheduled and scheduled maintenance and certain unscheduled labor costs are covered for five years or 2,500 flight hours for Challengers and Global Expresses and five years or 2,250 flight hours for Learjets.
Transport Canada recently released “Flight 2010,” a strategy plan for enhancing the safety levels of the country’s civil aviation sector over the next five years. Among the plan’s goals are to sustain a strong safety culture, gain the “trust and confidence” of stakeholders, align expectations of management and stakeholders and ensure compliance with regulations. The strategic plan is not an action plan or work plan, Transport Canada said.
To encourage more industry participation in its voluntary disclosure reporting program (VDRP), the FAA is proposing that information provided to the agency from that program be protected from public access, including under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Piaggio Avanti has received an FAA-approved handbook change for a 550-pound mtow increase. The new 12,100-pound mtow permits the twin turboprop to fly two crewmembers and as many as five passengers up to 1,440 nm, according to Avanti fractional operator Avantair. The new Avanti II incorporates the higher weight.
July 17 is the deadline to submit comments on an FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to require OEMs of aircraft with mtow of more than 75,000 pounds to develop operational limitations for all future designs. Business jet designs made after the effective date of the rule would be included, but older and currently built jets weighing more than 75,000 pounds and not used under Part 121 would be excluded from the rule.
Gulfstream Aerospace has asked U.S. district court judge Avant Edenfield to reconsider his decision in a lawsuit brought by Gulfstream against Camp Systems International. The dispute centers on what Gulfstream asserts is Camp’s unauthorized use of the OEM’s maintenance manuals. Gulfstream sought damages for copyright and trademark infringement and an injunction to prevent Camp from continuing to use Gulfstream’s manuals.
General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., is now available for use by operators approved in accordance with the DCA Access Standard Security Program. In early May the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that three airports were to be added to the list of approved “gateway airports” for general aviation flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).