Aviation industry experts believe that the FAA’s next operational control focus will be on Part 91 operators, specifically management companies that manage Part 91 aircraft for owners. However, the FAA didn’t respond to AIN’s queries about whether the agency is focusing on Part 91 operational control or if it is interested in writing new regulations covering aircraft management companies.
Aviation International News » March 2008
Though still without a launch program for its new 9,500- to 12,000-pound-thrust engine, Snecma has reported good progress in development work for its new Silvercrest powerplant series for large business jets and small regional airliners. As of
the end of January, the French manufacturer had completed 35 hours of combustion testing since starting work on this phase of the $100 million development on Nov. 30, 2007.
At a time when business jet deliveries are setting record highs (see page 3), Adam Aircraft, an Englewood, Colo. piston twin and very light jet developer, has ceased operations. Adam Aircraft is the second of the modern crop of very light jet manufacturers to shut down (Aviation Technology Group was the first), hobbled by a lack of funding at a critical time in development of the all-composite A700 twinjet.
The largest civilian helicopter school in the U.S. abruptly ceased operations on February 3 amidst allegations by students and former employees of skewed ethics, mismanagement, misrepresentation and possible criminal activities.
After extensive market research and more than a year of showing prospective customers a cabin mockup of a large-cabin jet, on January 24 Cessna Aircraft formally launched the newly named Citation Columbus, formerly known as the Large Cabin Concept. Cessna didn’t reveal details about the Columbus until a February 6 event in Washington, D.C.
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