Following a three-day trial without jury in mid-July, a federal district court judge in Southern California was set to decide a lawsuit filed by NBAA, the National Air Transportation Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and five other aviation entities challenging the legality of the so-called non-addition rule for Stage 2 jets at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
Aviation International News » May 2002
Financially troubled Lucent Technologies, which has announced total workforce reductions of nearly 40,000 since January, is also planning a dramatic restructuring of its flight department. The changes include the sale/leaseback of the company’s Sikorsky S-76 and both of its Gulfstream IVs, and the outright sale of its third business jet, a Falcon 2000.
Alliance Aerospace, the manufacturing facility in Macon, Ga., that was to continue development of the entry-level Century Jet while simultaneously performing subcontract work for Boeing and others, is bankrupt and has been shut down by Bill and Lori Northrup, principal owners of both Century Aerospace and Alliance.
DaimlerChrysler Aviation, which has been on the sales block for several months, is believed to be in acquisition negotiations with Edsel Ford II, according to industry sources. A DaimlerChrysler Aviation spokesman declined to comment, but a purchase agreement was described as “near” by a person close to the negotiations. Ford is a member of the board of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich.
Now, after being somewhat dormant on the subject for a number of years, the Federal Aviation Administration has expressed concern about airline pilot duty days, which according to the Federal Aviation Regulations allow for a 16-hr duty day with no more than eight hours flying time.
Worldwide shipments of business aircraft in the first six months of the year set a record as the industry’s best first half ever. With final numbers yet to be released by Airbus and Piaggio, the industry recorded shipments in the first half of the year of 518 airplanes, compared with the 503 total aircraft shipped in the first half of last year.
After an arduous trip through the federal bureaucratic processes, the FAA published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for FAR Part 91 Subpart K last month, a new section that will regulate fractional-ownership operations and make some modifications to Part 135 on-demand charter requirements to level the competitive playing field.
Dassault’s rollout on July 19 of the first Falcon 2000EX was a relatively quiet event, with little more than the weather to provide any semblance of drama. There was no flashy new paint job or band to provide music. And the tiny crowd consisted of little more than several dozen employees and members of the media. Even Charles Edelstenne, Dassault Aviation’s chairman, had more pressing affairs.
In the fallout from the failed merger of General Electric and Honeywell, Honeywell’s board of directors last month huddled to contemplate whether the company has a legal case against GE for failing to use “reasonable best efforts” to win approval for the proposed deal in Europe.
One of the most thorough corporate management shakeups in recent memory has left Raytheon Aircraft Co. (RAC) insiders and outsiders scribbling notes to keep track of who went where and why.