A DOT Inspector General audit of the FAA aviation safety action program (ASAP) said that while ASAP is a “potentially valuable safety tool, we found that the FAA’s ineffective implementation and inadequate guidance have allowed inconsistent use and potential abuse of the program.
Aviation International News » July 2009
Cessna Citation factory-owned service centers in the U.S. are now accepting Avfuel charge cards and Cessna contract fuel cards from Avfuel, an independent supplier of aviation fuels and services. “We are pleased to offer the additional convenience of Avfuel charge cards to thousands of Citation customers using our company service centers in the U.S.,” said Cessna vice president of service facilities Stan Younger.
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) received EASA approval for a new mtow of 76.5 metric tons (168,700 pounds), one metric ton more than was previously available. The higher limit extends the ACJ’s range with eight passengers to 6,000 nm, an increase of 170 nm over the standard version. The mtow increase is made possible by a new
The board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) authorized a $500 million direct-loan facility to provide funds to assist Textron in financing exports from subsidiaries Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter. The available capital will enable Textron to continue to provide financing to international customers that take delivery of new Cessna and Bell aircraft by December next year.
The radical shifts in business aviation over the past year were the focus of last month’s 16th annual Corporate Aircraft Transactions seminar held in New York, hosted by Insight. While examining how most aspects of the industry have been affected, many participants expressed their surprise at how fast the industry was overtaken by the economic downturn.
Rolls-Royce is proceeding with ground tests of the BR725 turbofan destined to power the Gulfstream G650 business jet. The 16,000-pound-thrust engine recently underwent operability, performance and endurance testing in Dahlewitz, Germany. Crosswind tests took place at the Rolls-Royce outdoor jet engine testing facility at NASA’s John Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
As business aviation has matured, the lessons learned from accidents and incidents have led to significant improvements in design, technology, materials and maintenance–all of which have made business jets one of the safest forms of transportation.
The FAA’s proposed guidelines addressing crew fatigue on ultra-long-range flights by “flag carriers” (OpSpec A332) contain “substantive improvements” that the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) supports, but the trade association retains its “technical objection” to the crew complements referred to in the draft OpSpec.
What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, completion and refurbishment centers remained busy, despite ominous signs. The new aircraft backlog was valued at a record $58 billion and airplanes were being sold well into 2012, some as far out as 2015.
In an economy that has ravaged aviation, one stable segment is the insurance industry, but change is coming. “Nobody knows what [the future is] going to look like,” an industry expert told AIN.