Airbus engineers are never satisfied, and customers of the European airframe builder should have only one response... thank goodness. Despite myriad technological and manufacturing obstacles, the European consortium of Germany, France and Spain successfully built, flew and put into production the largest commercial aircraft in the world, the A380, and the airframer currently has orders for 200 of the double-decker jetliners.
Aviation International News » July 2009
There is now a strong need to counter adverse public perceptions of business aviation, said incoming president and CEO Sam Barone at the Canadian Business Aviation Association’s (CBAA) annual convention in Montreal. He cited the Big Three automakers’ return to the Washington Congressional hearings in their cars last December as if they were, in Barone’s words, “almost admitting guilt.” This has created a major PR challenge not only for U.S.
New FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has joined a diverse group of aviation industry organizations in calling for an acceleration of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
In a speech before the RTCA Symposium last month, Babbitt said NextGen is just not moving fast enough. “I want more, and I want more faster,” he said. “This Administration has been unequivocal in its statements that the status quo just won’t go.”
While only one in five birdstrikes is ever reported, one unusual strike this past January 15, with an even more remarkable outcome, gained global attention and might bring advisories and eventually new certification and training standards to operators of all turbine-powered aircraft.
Five people aligned with Plane Stupid, an activist group opposed to airport expansion in Europe, cut through the chain-link perimeter fence at London City Airport on June 10 at 2:30 a.m. and chained themselves to the nosewheel of a Beechjet 400A parked at the Jet Centre FBO. “Airport security was immediately alerted by alarm when the fence was cut and called the police,” said Jet Centre spokeswoman Rupa Haria.
Marcus Schrenker, who attempted to fake his own death on January 11 by parachuting from a Piper Meridian, pleaded guilty last month to charges stemming from the incident. At the time, the money manager was being sought for financial fraud charges in Indiana; he has since been charged with financial fraud and is still facing trial on these charges.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is opening an International Center for Aviation and Wildlife Risk Mitigation at its Prescott, Ariz. campus. The new center will bring together top aviation wildlife experts to share and develop new research and management solutions to reduce the dangers that animals pose to aircraft and serve as a resource to airports around the world.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is criticizing the Commerce Department’s proposal to close the National Weather Service center weather service units (CWSU) at each of the 20 air route traffic control centers in the continental U.S.
New York-based Coastal Jet Service is launching per-seat, daily nonstop service on a Citation X between New York and Los Angeles. Coastal Jet plans to use the Avitat FBO at West- chester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., and the Million Air facility in Burbank, Calif., for the new service.
According to the NTSB, a runway incursion that occurred on May 29 at Charlotte (N.C.) Douglas International Airport involving a PC-12 turboprop single and CRJ200 regional