RAA vice president of technical affairs Dave Lotterer has been around long enough to know that government bureaucracy can turn any well intentioned idea into a monument to inefficiency. So when the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) established a subgroup dedicated to formulating requirements related to safety management systems (SMSs) for airlines, ATC and government agencies, he knew to pay close attention.
Aviation International News » May 2006
While at first it seemed hard to reconcile the rather dark and anxious mood of last year’s RAA Convention in Cincinnati with double-digit profit margins and record revenues, by the end of the three-day event it became clear to everyone what regional airline executives had seen coming for years.
The single European sky legislation, with its provision for the creation by groups of states of cross-border functional airspace blocks within which multiple service providers can be certified against common requirements, introduces the novel prospect of competition among air navigation service providers (ANSPs).
After being dismissed as impractical for cockpit use, voice-recognition technology appears to be getting a closer look from business jet makers thanks to recent advances.
With rare unanimity, aviation experts have agreed over the past few years on one thing: traffic will at least double, and perhaps even triple, by 2025. There has also been clear consensus that, at least in the U.S. and Europe, the current aviation infrastructure won’t be able to accommodate that level of demand, which would lead to daily gridlock at major centers.
The Bombardier Learjet 40 and 60 have been attracting attention after one Learjet 60 operator recently raised word of a potential fire hazard that exists whenever power is applied to the aircraft battery charging bus.
Eclipse Aviation, of Albuquer-que, New Mexico, said it has overcome the supplier problem, revealed in December, that was blamed for delaying FAA certification by three months from late March to late June. A spokesman told AIN last month that the revised June approval estimate is “looking good.” Icing certification is planned for September.
As of early last month, the Citation Mustang prototype and two production examples (S/Ns 0001 and 0002) had logged more than 850 flight hours. Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton told AIN that the Mustang is “on pace” to obtain FAA certification this fall, though he hinted the approval could even come a little earlier.
Adam Aircraft president Joe Walker is optimistic that his company will receive FAA certification late this year for its very light jet. According to Walker, the A700 shares 65-percent commonality with Adam’s A500 centerline-thrust piston twin, which obtained “baseline” FAA approval last May.
One of few companies that make aircraft intrusion-monitoring equipment, Securaplane claims to be the security system recommended most by OEMs and FBOs worldwide. The company has installed systems in 600 aircraft, ranging from small turboprops to large business jets.