“The DOT would rather let an F-16 shoot down a hijacked airplane than let pilots carry guns in the cockpit,” was The Wall Street Journal’s response to Transportation Security Administration director John Magaw’s declaration “that I will not authorize firearms in the cockpit.” His decision overrides the wishes of airline pilots, who have been campaigning since September 11 to be allowed to carry guns as a barrier of last resort against terroris
Aviation International News » June 2002
Since parent company General Dynamics acquired Galaxy Aerospace last year, Gulfstream has been on a program to improve the performance of the Gulfstream 200 (nee Galaxy) to meet a request by NetJets that it be able to fly London to New York in 85-percent winds with four passengers at Mach 0.75.
Lufthansa will offer nonstop service in a Boeing Business Jet scheduled to operate six times weekly starting June 17 between Newark International and Dusseldorf Airports. The aircraft, provided through a wet-lease arrangement with Swiss charter firm PrivatAir, is fitted with 48 business-class seats and is painted in Lufthansa livery.
Piper Aircraft is appealing FAA allegations of wrongdoing that have led to a proposed civil penalty fine of $222,300. According to the FAA, a March 2001 review of the Vero Beach, Fla. manufacturer’s production records showed the company “failed to properly maintain its approved quality systems and failed to ensure its aircraft conformed to the approved type design.” No accidents or incidents are attributed to the alleged violations.
Brazil’s Embraer again revealed its flair for the dramatic during last month’s Regional Airline Association convention, when it flew the first Embraer 170 prototype from its flight test site in São José dos Campos to the company’s new heavy maintenance facility at Nashville International Airport. The 70-seat jet, now scheduled for certification during next year’s first quarter, has completed more than 100 flight test hours.
“Its time has come,” predicted Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn. “It” refers to the entry-level twinjet known as the Eclipse 500, currently priced at $837,500 (2000 $). And if all goes as planned, Raburn will see his bold vision take flight before next month ends.
The good news is that a supersonic business jet (SSBJ) is almost inevitable. The not so good news is that it is probably at least a decade away. And securing the funding for research may be as problematic as the noise from any sonic boom.
After completing the first five-year term as FAA Administrator in history, Jane Garvey will step down on August 4–and there will likely be no deputy waiting in the wings to bridge the gap to her successor. Monte Belger, who has been acting deputy administrator for several years, said he will retire July 31 after more than 30 years with the agency.
The FAA’s sweeping proposal to implement domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (DRVSM) in the U.S. starting in December 2004 drew sharp reproves last month from NBAA, which said business aviation was double-crossed by the agency after an earlier, less ambitious proposal calling for a phased implementation schedule was abruptly scrapped in deference to a recommendation by air traffic controllers.
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