The third running of EBACE, the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, has established the Geneva, Switzerland event as a solid entry in the world aerospace calendar, with three major business aircraft manufacturers (Cessna, Gulfstream and Raytheon) choosing to attend EBACE instead of this month’s Paris Air Show.
Aviation International News » June 2003
For aviation, the spirit of the 1950s could be said to have begun with Chuck Yeager’s breaking of the “sound barrier” in Glamorous Glennis, a rocket-powered Bell X-1, on Oct. 14, 1947. The World War that had dominated the first half of the 1940s was receding in memory, and mankind’s focus on ascending from the rubble was illustrated clearly by the advances in aviation.
At least one manufacturer of turbine singles believes it has waited long enough for Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) to adopt proposed rules (NPA-29) setting out the requirements for JAA-member states to approve commercial operations in singles in IFR conditions (SEIFR). In fact, Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft decided to take the matter into its own hands.
General aviation interests expressed consternation over a May 1 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advisory warning the GA community against planned Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks using “light aircraft,” issued even as new TFRs covering a peripatetic President Bush continue to disrupt day-to-day operations.
Certain operators of the Learjet 30 and Falcon 10/100 series are eligible to receive a free upgrade that converts their Honeywell TFE731-2 engines to -2C versions.
The NTSB continues its investigation into a fatal crash April 24 that killed the pilot when his TBM 700 turboprop single hit a 38-foot telephone pole, then burst into flames a half-mile short of Runway 18 at Mobile Downtown Airport, Ala., at 8:10 p.m. VMC prevailed at the time.
When Bill Lear visited Switzerland more than 40 years ago, he was introduced to the P-16 fighter and became especially captivated with the wing design. That led to the design of the wing of the Learjet 23 and its first flight on Oct. 7, 1963. The rest of the story, as it is said, is history. The 40th anniversary of the first flight of the Learjet 23 falls, coincidentally, on the first day of this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Bombardier has started flying an enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Global Express. The infrared-based EVS, being provided by Thales Avionics and CMC Electronics, is scheduled for certification in 2005, after which it will be standard equipment on new Global Express and Global 5000 jets, as well as being available for retrofit.
A May 1 AD (2003-09-09) extends the provisions of an earlier airworthiness directive calling for a one-time inspection to check for chafed or damaged wiring in the fuel boost pumps in about 370 U.S.-registered Cessna 441 Conquests. The new directive makes the one-time inspection of the earlier AD a repetitive one (at 200-hour intervals) and requires the eventual installation of an improved fuel pump and wire-harness design.
In a letter sent in late April to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, NBAA expressed “deep concern” regarding the process by which foreign nationals obtain permission for flight training in the U.S.