Aerion, a Reno, Nev. start-up that says it plans to have a supersonic business jet (SSBJ) in service before the end of 2010, selected Infusion Design of Kansas City, Mo., to develop eight- to 12-passenger interior concepts for the aircraft’s 30-foot long passenger cabin. Infusion Design has developed executive interior concepts for a variety of business jets since 1997.
Aviation International News » June 2005
General aviation pilots who report weather encounters to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) between April and September might receive a follow-up request to participate in a voluntary written survey. ASRS officials will use the survey to generate a special study to gain data for developing preventive measures.
Stage III Technologies of La Jolla, Calif., last monthreceived final FAA certification of its FAR Part 36 Stage 3 noise kit/thrust reverser for the Gulfstream II/III. Thecompany, which claims its hush kit reduces overall noise to the 70- to 73-dBA level (depending on aircraft model), is seeking orders for installations to begin this summer. The first four kits are priced at $1.5 million.
In the 16-day period between April 27 and May 13, three OEMs started flight testing four of their latest aircraft. Two of the aircraft–the Falcon 7X and the Airbus A380–are equipped with fly-by-wire (FBW) primary control systems, but it is the Falcon 7X that is introducing this advanced technology to corporate aviation in a clean-sheet business jet design.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the FAA are considering a proposal to expand noise-abatement procedures at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Currently, Runway 24 has published noise-abatement procedures. The new proposal would implement similar noise-abatement procedures for aircraft departing from the other three TEB runways.
In a first for an avionics installer, Duncan Aviation has certified and installed the Universal Avionics EFI-890R retrofit cockpit system in a customer Challenger 600. Part of Duncan’s Glass Box Project–which seeks to pair appropriate avionics upgrade hardware with various business airplanes–the Challenger cockpit features four 8- by 9-inch LCD flight displays and a 4- by 6-inch MFD-640 multifunction display.
The UK intends to push for emissions trading for aviation when it heads the European Union for six months, beginning July 1. The UK told an EBACE audience in Geneva last month that the aviation community, including business aviation, must own up to its responsibilities. Operators flying older aircraft with higher emissions might need to buy emissions credits from those with more efficient aircraft.
The FAA revoked the pilot certificate of Hayden Sheaffer, pilot-in-command of the Cessna 150 that violated the Washington, D.C. ADIZ on May 11.
Charter broker CharterAuction has purchased JetEquity Travel, the charter broker division of Skyport Aviation, an FBO at Westchester County Airport, White Plains, N.Y. Skyport said it has decided to “focus our efforts exclusively on the management and growth” of its FBO. Quincy, Mass.-based CharterAuction permits air-taxi operators to bid for specific flights, including one-way empty-leg trips.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is calling for FBOs to speak out on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) spill-containment rules for refueling trucks.