Citing global aerospace industry challenges, Honda Aircraft last month announced that it is moving the projected first flight of a production-conforming HondaJet to January next year, a delay of nearly a year from its previous schedule. A HondaJet prototype has been flying since Dec. 3, 2003.
Aviation International News » June 2009
Even though the nation’s airlines are playing nice with general aviation over the contentious question of user fees, the Obama Administration has clearly signaled that it wants to fund the FAA with more user fees in Fiscal Year 2011.
The method that the FAA used to shut down air ambulance operator Air Trek of Punta Gorda, Fla., essentially turned into a de facto revocation of the company’s Part 135 certificate, according to an amicus curiae brief filed by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and NBAA on January 7. Evidently, the National Transportation Safety Board agreed.
GPS service is in danger of severe erosion, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). A Congressional “watchdog” of programs and spending of government departments, the GAO warns that the satellite navigation service could slowly worsen after 2010, and not recover to acceptable aviation levels before 2022.
The pilots of the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that crashed on February 12 outside Buffalo, killing 50 people, did not observe the so-called sterile cockpit rule and appeared unprepared to react properly to the aerodynamic stall that led to the accident, according to testimony read last month during the NTSB’s three-day public hearing on the crash.
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