At a time when business aviation in Europe is finding it ever harder to expand its infrastructure because of land scarcity and local opposition, TAG Aviation has inaugurated a business aviation terminal that is arguably the finest in Europe. Britain’s Prince Andrew officially opened the new building at the London-area Farnborough Airport last month in a ceremony attended by many top industry executives en route to the EBACE show in Geneva.
Aviation International News » June 2006
Piaggio Aero obtained FAA certification of its Avanti II turboprop late last month. The first U.S. delivery will be made this summer. The first Avanti II was delivered in December to a Swiss customer.
The FAA released a draft policy that would offer a streamlined way for manufacturers of Part 23 multi-engine turbine airplanes–including very light jets–to use a 10-minute standard for one-engine inoperative conditions. The standard doubles the time during which the remaining engine can be operated at rated takeoff thrust. Manufacturers have to apply for the 10-minute capability, and each engine and airplane model needs separate approval.
The NTSB is investigating the May 4 upset of a Raytheon Aircraft-owned Hawker 800A near Lincoln, Neb., during a post-maintenance stall test. At 17,000 feet, the Hawker’s right wing dropped, then the jet rolled right and left and lost more than 10,000 feet before the pilot pulled (he said) four to five gs, recovering at about 7,000 feet.
The final NTSB report on the Dec. 23, 2003, crash of a Learjet 24B near Helendale, Calif., released late last month, concluded that the probable cause was loss of control for undetermined reasons. Twenty minutes after Pavair’s Learjet N600XJ left San Bernardino County Airport in Chino, Calif., bound for Hailey, Idaho, the crew requested a return without declaring an emergency.
When he announced first-quarter results, Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, said that new Gulfstreams will have “greater cabin comfort, as well as go farther and faster.” He would not elaborate, but the fact that the large-cabin Gulfstreams are behind competitors in cabin width sparks speculation that the next generation of aircraft from the Savannah OEM will have a wider cabin.
In its final report released late last month, the NTSB concluded that a combination of flight crew and ATC deficiencies led to a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accident involving an air ambulance Learjet 35A near San Diego on Oct. 24, 2004. The captain, copilot and three medical crewmembers were killed in the 12:30 a.m. crash.
The FAA postponed until January 1 next year a decision to limit “priority service” for aircraft registration in connection with conducting international flights to allow only one request per aircraft (by N-number) in any three-month period. The original implementation date was June 1. Without priority service, issuance of the registration certificate takes nearly 40 days after the FAA receives an application.
In a curious turn of events, the FAA last month found itself launching its nationwide ADS-B program in Washington and boosting the system’s air traffic benefits, while at the same time noting that, at the request of Alaska controllers, ADS-B returns had been removed–at least temporarily–from scopes at the Anchorage ARTCC. The timing of the two situations underscores the tension between the agency and Natca, its most obdurate union.
After coming off an all-time record for billings and a four-year high in new turbine airplane deliveries last year, the industry continued flying high in
the first quarter of this year. “Manufacturers recorded the highest first-quarter billings in history”: $4 billion, an increase of 39.7 percent over the first quarter of 2005.