With an eye toward ever-increasing environmental awareness, Dassault Aviation is aiming for 2020 entry into service for new technologies that will reduce the fuel burn of future Falcon business jets by 40 percent from that of current in-production Falcons.
Aviation International News » July 2009
If they didn’t already know it, attendees at the NATA FBO Leadership Conference held last month in Chantilly, Va., learned that fire codes set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) can have a huge effect on the cost of building new hangars. They also learned that even more stringent local fire codes can make hangar construction costs prohibitively expensive.
To clear up continuing confusion about safety management systems, FAA Flight Standards SMS office manager Don Arendt told attendees at last month’s NATA Air Charter Summit that while SMS “is a set of decision-making practices,” it isn’t a substitute for compliance. While ICAO’s Annex 6 took effect on January 1, requiring countries to implement SMS regulations, the FAA has filed a difference with ICAO, and the U.S.
In U.S. Bankruptcy Court on June 18, General Motors won approval to end the leases on its fleet of jets, which includes two Gulfstream Vs and five Gulfstream IVs. The court also voided the automaker’s lease on a hangar at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No one contested the court’s decisions; in fact, a lawyer for GM’s unsecured creditors supported them.
Montana senators Max Baucus (D) and Jon Tester (D) have written to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressing the concerns of pilots about the TSA’s security directive that requires pilots based at airports serving airlines to acquire identification badges and transient pilots flying into air-carrier airports to remain close to their aircraft, leaving it only to walk to and from the FBO, service provider or airport
JetSuite brokered its first Phenom 100 charter flight in late May for customer Burt Rutan, who flew to his home base in Mojave, Calif. Solana Beach-based Air by Jet, a Part 135 certificate holder, operated the flight. Later this year, JetSuite expects to begin operating its own fleet of Phenom 100s, for which it has a firm order for 50 with an option for an additional 50.
Investigative journalism organization ProPublica filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in December, asking the FAA to release the list of requests for aircraft to be blocked under the NBAA Block Aircraft Registry Request (BARR) program.
Odyssey Aviation broke ground in May for its new FBO at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The facility, which is expected to open by year-end, will include hangars big enough to house GV-size aircraft, overflow parking for jets and cars, a conference room with LCD projector system, a flight-planning room with WSI weather access and a pilot lounge.
If you can imagine the Paris Air Show as a stock market then what happened at this year’s event (held from June 15 to 21) was nothing less than a rally, spurred by unexpectedly strong sales activity. With the worldwide economy still in the grasp of the largest downturn since the Great Depression in the 1930s, most observers had predicted slim pickings at this year’s show.
In September 2006, days after an ExcelAire Services Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 collided over the Amazon jungle in Brazil, an international group of flight safety organizations passed a resolution declaring that “the paramount consideration in an aviation accident investigation should be to determine the probable cause of and contributing factors in the accident, not to criminally punish flight crews, maintenance employee