Business aircraft flight activity in April dipped by 0.4 percent from a year ago, due primarily to a 7.7-percent drop in Part 135 turboprop flying, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. The fractional and Part 91 markets each saw flight activity increase, by 6.5 percent and 2.5 percent year-over-year, respectively.
Aviation International News » June 2011
Officials at Toulouse Francazal Airport (LFBF) in Toulouse, France expect to see more business aircraft at the field at the end of this month with the opening of a full business aviation terminal. Located in what used to be a command post, it will feature a hall, VIP lounge, bar, restaurant and crew rest facilities. Refueling is expected to be available as well. A former military base, the airport opened to civil traffic in January.
For the first time in the 36-year history of the RAA a sitting DOT Secretary visited the association’s annual convention, as Ray LaHood made the trip to Nashville last month to deliver one of the most upbeat keynote addresses heard by delegates to the spring get-together in several years.
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) sent a notice of violation to oil companies and fuel supplier Avfuel, as well as to more than two dozen companies at 25 California airports, notifying them that they have been violating the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65).
Aviation is extraordinarily dependent on the performance of people who fly and maintain aircraft. But figuring out whether they are in the right frame of mind to perform safely is extremely difficult. For example, if a pilot complied with the regulations and stopped drinking alcohol before the mandatory time cutoff and has a blood alcohol level below regulatory limits, is that pilot safe to fly?
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system is “good to go,” reported chairman, president and CEO Clay Jones during an April 21 earnings call. The FAA issued the final in a series of 50 hardware and software technical standard orders (TSO) for the Pro Line Fusion in April, and Rockwell Collins is now working on a supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in its Challenger 601 test airplane.
Cessna Aircraft has selected Aircell’s Aviator 300 satcom system as optional equipment for the Citation XLS+, Sovereign and Citation X starting with 2012 models. Aircell is a master distributor for Thrane & Thrane’s SwiftBroadband products, including the Aviator 200, 300 and 350 systems.
Early last month, the EASA granted European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) authorization for Change 7.1 software for ACSS’s TCAS 2000 and TCAS II. FAA certification of Change 7.1 for TCAS 2000 and TCAS II took place in February last year. ACSS, an L-3 and Thales company, expects EASA to mandate installation of Change 7.1 on newly built aircraft by March 2012.
Satcom1 is now providing Aviator 200 services in Europe and claims to be the first to do so. Thrane & Thrane unveiled the Aviator at last year’s EBACE, touting it as the smallest, lightest equipment available for obtaining Inmarsat broadband services on aircraft.