In a letter to the Department of Transportation last month, AOPA renewed its support of loran as a possible low-cost, ideal backup to the future GPS-based ATC system. The letter went to the Coast Guard because it is responsible for operation and maintenance of loran.
Aviation International News » March 2007
Jet Aviation, which recently delivered an executive A320-200 to the Saad Group in Saudi Arabia, is now making room at its Basel, Switzerland, facilities for a much larger airplane–an A340-600–for the same company. The four-engine Airbus (longer than any 747 or 777) is scheduled to arrive in Basel next month, with delivery set for mid-2009. Calling the project “major” would be understating the job.
For years, the moving-map display was little more than a page from Mrs. Grundy’s third-grade geography book, with a moving generic aircraft icon keeping track of progress. No more.
Founder Dale Dunn launched DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center in 2004, and the company opened for business in Tucson, Ariz., in February 2005 with high hopes for success. Today, the 255,000-sq-ft hangar is empty, the phones have been disconnected and no one from DunnAir was available for comment regarding the closing.
Premier Aircraft has received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA for its Falcon 50-4 engine upgrade, and that approval is bringing in some cabin refurbishment work.
According to Jim Swehla, president of the East Alton, Ill. company, the first two Falcon 50s in the shop are also having cabin refurbishment work done during the two-week downtime for the Falcon 50-4 upgrade.
The Airbus business aircraft juggernaut keeps rolling, and independent completion centers are happily enjoying the result.
NetJets Europe is recruiting candidates for a new ab initio pilot training program that it hopes could provide its growing fractional ownership fleet with up to 45 new first officers each year. The part-sponsored program will be run by the UK’s Oxford Aviation Training (OAT), with the first 17-month courses due to start in May.
After a decades-long battle, the FAA capitulated to the court of international opinion in late January, announcing that it will propose a new rule to permit Part 121 pilots over age 60 to fly as part of a two-pilot crew when the other crewmember is under age 60.
The FAA amended the regulations for the Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal period. The previous renewal period was one year; the rulemaking changes that to two years, effective March 7. According to the FAA, changing the renewal period reduces administrative costs by 50 percent for both the agency and the mechanic.
The acquisition of a national inventory of Raytheon Hawker 800 spares from one of the world’s largest oil companies has resulted in a major diversification for Ship it AOG.