The presidents of six general aviation associations have asked the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help soften the financial impact of temporary flight restrictions (TFR) on general aviation businesses during the presidential campaign season.
Aviation International News » July 2011
The NTSB’s final report on the fatal 2009 accident that killed a New Mexico State Police (NMSP) helicopter pilot and the hiker he had just rescued is sharply critical of the department’s flight policies and the pilot’s decision-making. On June 9, 2009, the police helicopter, an Agusta A109E light twin, crashed in mountainous terrain at 9:35 p.m. near Santa Fe while taking off after picking up the lost hiker.
With sister company NetJets due to receive Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s, FlightSafety International is adding flight training for the types at its Columbus, Ohio learning center. FSI is currently designing a level-D simulator, as well as other advanced training equipment and courseware, for the two Bombardier Global Vision-equipped business jets.
Cessna Aircraft has picked Aircell to provide air/ground connectivity for its three larger aircraft–the Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation Ten.
Hardware includes the Aviator 300 satellite communications terminal developed by Denmark’s Thrane & Thrane and Aircell’s own Axxess cabin communications system. The Aviator 300 will support global voice and data at up to 332 kbps.
Jet Aviation announced last month that Peter Edwards has resigned as president of the company. The General Dynamics subsidiary said Edwards will assist in the transition to new leadership before his departure at the end of August.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC), a specialist in the ACJ series of business and private jet “nose-to-tail” cabin completion services, claims to be the first in that market to offer full high-definition cabin entertainment through HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface).
After posting a slight 0.4-percent drop in April, business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. returned to positive territory in May, with a 2.7-percent year-over-year gain as a result of more flying at Part 91 private operators and fractional providers, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. Fractional flying led the pack with a 7.9-percent increase from a year ago, with Part 91 activity up 6.5 percent.
This month will mark a turning point from the “pioneer” phase to the mandate phase of Europe’s implementation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) for aircraft tracking and separation.
Despite all the fits and starts, NextGen in the U.S. will eventually affect business aircraft operators, although perhaps not on the schedule that the FAA currently espouses. It is not too soon to start considering the impact of NextGen on business aviation and how it will drive equipment requirements.
The FAA’s March 2011 NextGen implementation plan is certainly a finely drawn view of what we should expect to see by 2018. Replete with charts, graphs, attractive photography and explanatory text, the document makes for exciting reading.