EVASWorldwide, the Ramsey, N.J. company that markets the Emergency Vision Assurance System, appointed Tokyo-based Marubeni Aerospace to sell the product in Japan. The $14,000 EVAS allows pilots to view critical instruments and look outside a portion of the windshield in the event of smoke in the cockpit. EVAS was recently selected by the FAA for its aircraft (see page 58).
Aviation International News » November 2003
The NTSB has asked the FAA to “explicitly prohibit” position and hold clearances at the intersections of active runways during low-visibility conditions and at night. While the recommendation is intended for all airports that have such a runway configuration, the Safety Board’s request stems from a loosely related incident on Jan. 25, 2002, at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska.
XtraJet, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based charter firm, has become the second operator to be sued by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners for allegedly committing repeated violations of the noise restrictions at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Earlier, the board filed a similar suit against charter operator Pacific Jet. The Pacific Jet case is awaiting assignment of a trial date.
Raytheon Aircraft’s Hawker Horizon super-midsize business jet is beating projections–performance projections, that is. Schedule projections continue to be something else, as the new jet moves slowly but surely closer to certification, now planned for the middle of next year, with initial deliveries targeted to start by the end of the year.
The FAA’s rules are a “barrier to the development and application of supersonic technologies in advanced general aviation aircraft,” said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in comments submitted to an agency request for information on SST noise rules.
Matt Eller, an Ames, Iowa real-estate developer, acquired the intellectual property of bankrupt VisionAire on October 2 for $441,000 and, under company name Eviation, plans to certify and produce the single-turbine Vantage very light jet.
Greece and Turkey have concluded an agreement intended to improve the air traffic route network over the Aegean Sea, according to NBAA. The route package, developed to handle the anticipated increase in air traffic associated with the upcoming 2004 Olympics in Athens, is scheduled to be implemented on Christmas Day. The new plan is expected to increase airspace capacity and improve efficiency while maintaining a high level of safety.
“A troubling trend has developed that threatens to harm business aviation in unimaginable ways–complacency,” claims Aviation Security International. The Houston-based firm, which provides security information and training, said most flight departments fall “in the middle to low end” when it comes to aviation security. One of the weakest security links, according to ASI, is the FBO.
During a meeting last month with French aviation officials, the National Air Transportation Association reiterated its position that regardless of how France and other European nations wish to regulate fractional operations within their countries, ensuring the continued operation of U.S.-registered fractional aircraft in Europe should not be restricted.
Bill Boisture, who resigned suddenly in April as president of Gulfstream Aerospace, has been on the job for the last 30 days as president of NetJets. He joined the Woodbridge, N.J.-based fractional-ownership operator early last month and is directing the company’s North American operations out of Columbus, Ohio.