FAA financing and the prospect of user fees to help pay for modernization of the ATC system is the primary issue facing general aviation in the coming year, said National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president Jim Coyne during an annual industry briefing to the media.
Aviation International News » March 2006
March 26 is the comment deadline for a widespread proposal that would require operators and manufacturers of airliner-size airplanes (including bizliners) to incorporate technology to meet reduced levels of flammability
The pilot of a Bombardier Challenger 600 that was substantially damaged during a hard landing on Runway 15 at Aspen, Colo., on February 9, told the NTSB that the airplane encountered wake vortices from a BAe 146 that had just taken off from Runway 33. According to the pilot, at 50 feet agl the airplane rolled hard to the left. He added power and the twinjet rolled hard to the right.
To encourage the purchase of shares in its Embraer Legacy fleet, Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options until March 24 is offering buyers the choice of one of the following incentives: a JetPass membership for use on the Hawker 400XP or Beechjet; ferry-fee waivers for extended service area flights; or a lease on a Hawker 400XP or Beechjet. At press time, Flight Options operated eight Legacy twinjets.
New legislation in Michigan exempts the sales tax on aircraft parts installations performed in the state for customers who do not reside or base their aircraft in that state. The new law also provides a waiver from taxes associated with purchasing an aircraft in Michigan by buyers who do not live or keep their aircraft in the state.
Aircraft statistical and sales transaction information provider JetNet/AvData has introduced a helicopter database service. The Utica, N.Y.-based company can now provide data on some 25,000 rotorcraft worldwide, including owner/operator information, base location, photographs, airframe and powerplant specifications, and sales, trade and lease offerings.
The Senate last month confirmed Donald Bliss, an attorney specializing in aviation, as the U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The confirmation follows closely a letter sent by 14 aviation trade groups to the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asking for quick action to name Bliss to the position, which has been vacant since Edward Stimpson stepped down last fall.
The Business Aircraft Park (BAP) at July’s Farnborough International airshow could be as much as three times larger than it was at the 2004 event, where it was launched. The UK show’s organizers are adding 12 more hard-standing pads, bringing the total aircraft slots to 24, and have indicated that further space can be made available.
NASA is requesting 3.2 percent more for its FY2007 budget than it requested for this fiscal year, but the agency’s aeronautics division may not benefit from the proposed increase. In fact, the Aeronautics Mission Research Directorate might lose 18 percent of its funding. The agency’s request went to Congress for debate early last month.
Eclipse Aviation won the National Aeronautic Association’s 2005 Robert J. Collier Trophy for achievement in aeronautics. The 95-year-old trophy, one of aviation’s most prestigious awards, will be presented to the company “for leadership, innovation and the advancement of general aviation” in the production of very light jets, specifically, the Eclipse 500.