West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., has started work on obtaining group RVSM approval for the Cessna 441 Conquest II. Skin mapping, flight testing and equipment installation will be part of the RVSM package, expected to be completed in the fourth quarter. Equipment includes a Collins or Meggitt autopilot replacement for aircraft with the Cessna 1000-series autopilot.
Aviation International News » June 2004
Pilots and mechanics have been waiting since December for the Transportation Security Administration to act on Congress’ directive to incorporate a plan for giving airmen and mechanics a third-party review option if they lose their license for alleged security reasons. Although there have been no reports of FAA certificates being pulled due to regulations adopted in January 2003, the TSA has decided to suspend enforcing the rule.
The Washington Airports Task Force, a private Virginia organization dedicated to promoting aviation in Virginia and the National Capital region, is the latest group to assail federal agencies for not reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation.
The fatal accident rate for business jet operations worldwide (fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours) increased annually from 1998 to 2001 before decreasing in 2002, and from 1998 through 2002 air taxis had the highest fatal rate of all segments of turbine business airplane operations, according to figures in a new publication from the International Business Aviation Council. IBAC, in conjunction with Robert E.
After AIN’s report last month about four Raytheon Aircraft Premier I landing overruns in the last couple of years, another operator disclosed a fifth such incident. He said his aircraft went off the end of a dry runway after landing at Cannes, France, on February 20. The aircraft had incorporated the fix that Raytheon developed last year, but he told AIN that the lift-dump spoilers failed to deploy.
Raytheon Aircraft’s fourth Hawker Horizon, which entered flight test last month, represents the final production configuration of the new super-midsize business jet. Outfitted with an interior, the aircraft will conduct FAA function and reliability testing as part of the certification effort.
General aviation received some good news and some not-so-good news last month with regard to airport security.
The journey of TWA Flight 800, which began from New York JFK International Airport on the hot evening of July 17, 1996, finally ended this spring, not at its intended Paris destination but just north of Dulles International Airport with the re-reconstruction of most of the front half of the Boeing 747 in the NTSB’s new training academy, where it will be used as a teaching tool for air crash investigators.
Judging from testimony at a hearing on the FAA’s new air-tour proposals, FAR Part 136 might be a solution in search of a problem. Speaker after speaker told the FAA that the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) should be withdrawn, scrapped or, at the very least, rewritten.
Venture capitalist Danny Pettit last month received the first Gulfstream 500, a less expensive (approximately $37.5 million), shorter-range (5,800-nm nonstop) and less option-laden version of the G550. The G500 features the same cabin size as the G550, as well as its PlaneView cockpit and speed and altitude performance. The lighter G500, certified in December, also has a BFL of 5,150 feet–760 feet less than the heavier G550.