The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin to alert operators of Bombardier CL600-2B19 regional jets of “higher-than-expected levels of dual-channel disconnects of the horizontal stabilizer trim system.” While Bombardier is undertaking an engineering investigation to address the cause of this problem, the OEM has issued a service letter intended to help reduce the number of events.
Aviation International News » June 2005
Gerry Garapich and fellow passenger Bob Powelson are recovering from the injuries they sustained on May 5 during a rough landing at North Las Vegas Airport. Garapich had to take over flying a Twin Commander turboprop after their friend (and the airplane’s pilot) suffered an apparent heart attack (and later died).
Given the decline in airline service, invasive security at the airport and fewer nonstop flights, it’s no wonder that those with the means to travel by business aircraft are doing so. But purchasing a business airplane can be a complicated process, one that could actually drive away prospective buyers.
Some 7,417 business jets will be delivered between 2005 and 2014, peaking with the shipment of more than 800 jets in 2013, according to the Teal Group’s 15th annual business jet forecast. This projection is for about 35 percent more jets than the approximately 5,500 actually delivered between 1995 and 2004.
Deliveries of business jets and turboprops in the first quarter of this year jumped about 20 percent compared with deliveries in the same period last year, despite mixed results by the major OEMs, according to statistics the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released recently.
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has submitted legislation that would prohibit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service from providing weather forecasts to the public when a private firm can do so. S.786 is designed to keep the government from competing with private industry.
The FAA said that after reassessing the civil aviation authority of Ghana, the agency concluded that the African country does not have an “adequate infrastructure” to meet international safety standards. These standards are developed around airline operations and airport facilities but can also be applicable to business aircraft operators.
Honeywell Flight Support Services has unveiled an online flight planning service. The company said the database includes the basic performance parameters of more than 240 aircraft models. Pilots can create domestic, international or oceanic flight plans based on the most current wind information for best speed or fuel efficiency. The program also calculates equal time points and diversionary airports, and provides up-to-date weather reports.
The first public flight exhibition for the Eclipse 500 very light jet is planned on July 27 during the annual EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., from July 25 to 31. “We think Oshkosh is the perfect showcase, because of its huge audience and reputation for fostering innovations,” said Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn.
Installation of an executive interior last month represented the 100th completion of a Cessna Caravan by Capital Aviation. The Oklahoma City-based company has been installing its Big Sky Custom Edition interiors, based on 15 different floor plans, in new and used Caravans since 1996. Turnaround time is about two weeks.