Early last month the Superior Court judge presiding over the lawsuit between Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd. (FACL) and Epic Aircraft parent Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) granted an injunction allowing FACL access to the F1/Jestrel JP100 prototype that AIR was building under an agreement.
Aviation International News » March 2006
The deadline has been extended to October 31 next year for FBOs and others who operate fueling facilities and fueling trucks to meet new spill prevention, control and containment (SPCC) rules. The former deadline was next month.
At press time, investigators near the town of Boushin in northern Iraq discovered the site where a Citation I/SP crashed on February 16. The accident killed all four passengers and two crew aboard. The twinjet (D-IMRX, S/N 688) was operated by Lech Air. It was on a flight to Iraq from Azerbaijan. There were no immediate indications that the aircraft was shot down.
Changes to service fees proposed by Nav Canada will not go into effect as planned on March 1. Nav Canada, the private corporation that provides the country’s air navigation and ATC services, said, “More time is needed to consider the comments and suggestions made by stakeholders.” The comment period closed February 10.
A New Jersey man was sentenced last month to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to shining a handheld laser, first into the cockpit of a Citation landing at Teterboro Airport and again later at a helicopter that was searching for the source of the first incident. Under the Patriot Act, 39-year-old David Banach could have received a 20-year jail term.
Concerned about the growing number of Cessna 208 Caravan icing accidents, aviation authorities in the U.S. and Canada have issued a bevy of new recommendations, airworthiness directives and restrictions. Caravans continue to be plagued by icing accidents–more than 34 to date– and the number of lawsuits against the manufacturer is mounting.
Dassault is about to flight-test production-conforming modifications that should boost the range of its new Falcon 7X. Officials at the French manufacturer last month revealed that the average customer is choosing options and cabin equipment that are raising aircraft weight beyond earlier expectations. On many aircraft the weight gain is cutting range to just short of the promised 5,700 nm.
General aviation manufacturers last year posted an all-time record for billings and
a four-year high in new turbine airplane deliveries. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), billings of $15.1 billion on the shipment of 3,580 piston and turbine airplanes last year were a 27.2-percent increase from the $11.9 billion and 2,963 airplanes in 2004.
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