The year 1939 saw not only the outbreak of World War II but also the first flight of a jet airplane –both events that were rapidly to change aviation beyond recognition. Just eight years later, man would fly faster than the speed of sound for the first time.
Aviation International News » May 2003
After last year, when the total number of U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes involved in serious accidents decreased significantly from 2001, the accident picture improved little in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
The current and projected soft economy and related depressed sales market for business jets has result-ed in a nearly one-year schedule extension of the Gulfstream 150, according to Gulfstream Aerospace.
Virtually all cargo-dedicated airplanes will be required to have traffic alert and collision avoidance systems type II (TCAS II) installed by December 31 next year under rulemaking published last month. Under a previous rule, the TCAS requirement was based on passenger seating capacity and therefore excluded cargo-only airplanes.
Two non-fatal accidents involving runway overruns of the Raytheon Premier I in which the lift-dump spoilers failed to deploy have led to an AD. The directive (AD 2003-07-09) requires Premier I operators to temporarily replace existing landing-distance charts with those that reflect the increased landing distance without the lift-dump spoilers deployed.
Gulfstream Aerospace acquired the maintenance operation of BBA Aviation’s facility at London Luton Airport, making the facility the first Gulfstream-owned service center outside the U.S. The facility will continue to provide maintenance for Citations, Falcons and Hawkers, as well as all Gulfstreams.
“After May 1 operators not meeting the full requirements of the [twelve-five and private charter security] rules will be considered to be in noncompliance,” the Transportation Security Administration said in a notice last month. The TSA delayed the April 1 enforcement date after it conceded that some operators were having undue difficulty meeting the fingerprint requirement of the criminal-history record checks for their flight crews.
More than 615 comments–the great majority negative–were submitted on rules adopted in January that permit the FAA to immediately suspend or revoke the airman certificate of any pilot or mechanic the Transportation Security Administration has “determined to pose a security threat.” The rules establish procedures to appeal the action to the TSA; however, they cannot be appealed to a third party such as the NTSB.
Sentient, a leading provider of business aircraft transportation through membership block charter, was purchased last month from CSFB Private Equity by TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a New York-based private equity firm. Sentient claims more than 1,400 aircraft available from among its approved charter aircraft providers. Participants in its Private Jet Membership purchase TravelCards valued at $100,000, $250,000 and $500,000, respectively.
The FAA has released Advisory Circular 90-98, “Simultaneous Closely Spaced Parallel (SCSP) Operations at Airports Using Precision Runway Monitoring (PRM) Systems.” The circular notifies pilots about the establishment of specific air traffic procedures to conduct flight operations into airports identified for SCSP approaches using PRM. Currently, PRM operational locations are limited to Minneapolis-St.