Following an investigation by the DOT Inspector General’s office on the safety of the Dalton 19 departure at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, ATC is no longer permitted to issue a clearance to fly the departure unless the pilot specifically requests the procedure. The change ensures that only pilots familiar with the Dalton 19 departure will be cleared to fly it. ATC is also not permitted to issue a verbal description of the procedure.
Aviation International News » May 2011
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is trying to encourage charter and fractional operators to support the move to a single safety audit standard–its own–to end confusion about the multiple standards currently being used and eliminate the expense of auditing to the various standards.
Taj Air and Metrojet have entered into a joint venture to offer aircraft maintenance and management services in India. The operation will open in Mumbai at the current Taj Air facility, which will undergo renovation. A new facility is slated to be built. Taj Air has been involved in business aviation in the region since 1993.
Construction has begun on the new Maverick Air Center, which is expected to open on the west side of Joe Foss Field/Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) by the end of the summer. Last October, the airport authority approved $1.6 million to build 12,000 sq ft of hangar space, 5,000 sq ft of office space and parking for the new facility. A fuel farm with capacity for 40,000 gallons of jet-A and 12,000 gallons 100LL avgas is also planned.
Despite what has been reported as the halting pace of radiation containment at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, business aviation operations in the country are slowly returning to normal, according to industry sources. Statistics from flight tracking provider Flight Aware showed a total of 33 general aviation flights from North America and U.S.
Cessna Aircraft appointed Genesis Aviation of Shanghai an authorized sales representative in China for the Citation. Genesis joins long-time Cessna representative Aviation Supplies in marketing Citations in the People’s Republic of China.
Reports from last month’s National Aircraft Resale Association’s spring meeting in Naples, Fla., inspire continued optimism about the business aviation industry’s recovery. “There’s certainly more movement, and it’s much more positive than what we saw a year ago,” said Allen Qualey, president of the specialty finance group at 1st Source Bank.
Russia’s UTair placed a firm purchase order last month covering 20 new ATR 72-500s. Valued at $426 million, the deal brings to 37 the number of ATR turboprops UTair either operates now or plans to accept, potentially making it the largest ATR operator in Europe. ATR said it planned to deliver the first airplane during last month’s third full week, and complete deliveries by the end of next year.
Hawker Beechcraft is accelerating Hawker 400XPR development by adding a second aircraft to the test program. Slated for certification next year, the 400XPR offers improved range and airfield performance compared with the temporarily suspended 400XP, while reducing noise and emissions by replacing the existing engines with new Williams FJ44-4A-32 turbofans.
At press time, the FAA had received nearly 700 comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to dramatically curtail the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. The comment period officially ended on April 4, but comments continue to be accepted on the public docket.