Civil aviation authorities in Africa are planning an Africa-wide regulatory system similar to the European Union’s European Aviation Safety Agency. The new AFRO-CAA was to be launched on June 28 at a meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, and plans call for the AFRO-CAA to publish regulations and focus on regulatory harmonization and oversight of aviation operators in Africa.
Aviation International News » July 2007
Members of the Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council of the European Union have accepted a proposal by the European Commission to assume control of Galileo, the European satellite-based navigation program.
A Falcon 900 ran off Runway 25 while departing from California’s Santa Barbara Airport at 2:15 p.m. on June 10. According to an airport authority statement, Falcon N914DD “experienced a malfunction” that caused the pilots to abort the takeoff. “The pilot applied the brakes 1,600 feet before reaching the runway end, with the aircraft coming to rest about 400 feet beyond the runway.” None of the 13 passengers or two pilots was injured.
A bill that would give local authorities the right to enforce a nighttime curfew at New York’s Westchester County Airport has drawn criticism from NBAA. H.R. 2328 was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure May 15 by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). In a June 7 letter to Lowey, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen wrote that NBAA opposes “any attempt to create local exemptions to federal law.
Lambert St. Louis International Airport is the newest airport to be awarded Transportation Security Administration approval as a gateway airport for corporate jet operators who want to fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Lambert St. Louis began gateway operations on June 15, and the supporting FBO is Signature Flight Support, which also operates the sole FBO at Washington National.
With so much nonessential equipment installed in today’s business jets, pilots might wonder if the rules regarding inoperative equipment apply to products that don’t contribute to the safety of flight.
General aviation and its allies continued the political infighting with the airline lobby over user fees last month, firing salvos at an Air Transport Association (ATA) airport-shown television ad that portrayed GA–especially business jets–as the culprits behind airline delays.
The AgustaWestland AW119 Ke received EASA certification at the Paris Air Show last month. The helicopter, a derivative of the A119, was announced in late February at this year’s Heli-Expo in Orlando. The Ke (it stands for Koala enhanced) is powered by a single 1,000-shp P&WC PT6B-27A and has a higher mtow than the standard A119. U.S. certification is expected this fall, the company said.
In an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month, Macquarie Infrastructure revealed that it is adding two FBOs at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport in Northern California to its acquisition of the Mercury Air Centers FBO chain. The deal calls for Mercury to buy the San Jose Jet Center and ACM Aviation. If all goes as planned, Macquarie will add 26 FBOs to its existing Atlantic Aviation FBO chain.
A Piaggio Avanti blew its two main gear tires during a runway incursion at Teterboro Airport on June 17. The Avanti, operated by Avantair, was cleared to depart Runway 24. Forty seconds later, Cirrus SR22 N6026K was cleared to depart Runway 19, which intersects Runway 24. The Avanti pilot saw the approaching aircraft, applied maximum braking and missed hitting the SR22 by 50 feet. The incident occurred during VMC conditions.