DRVSM will commence as proposed on Jan. 20, 2005, according to final rules published on October 27. In adopting the timetable as proposed, the FAA rejected calls for phased implementation from NBAA, GAMA, NATA and AOPA. But Cessna Aircraft, along with Boeing and several airlines, supported the proposal. The new requirements also reverse a proposal to allow RVSM approval of turboprops with only one compliant altimeter.
Aviation International News » November 2003
Bombardier Aerospace’s Belfast, Northern Ireland work- force has rejected a new pay deal and is threatening strike action. Trade union representatives had actually accepted a new four-year deal that was due to take effect at the end of this coming January, but this was rejected in a shop-floor vote on October 15.
As part of a major consolidation project that it says will save $25 million a year, Bombardier has embarked on an 18-month project to consolidate all Learjet production, completions and deliveries in Wichita, and all such Challenger work in Montreal.
If the annual NBAA Convention serves as a barometer of the general health of the business aviation industry, recovery can’t be very far off. The association’s 56th annual meeting and convention last month in Orlando, Fla., closed with some 28,574 attendees viewing the products and services of a record 1,068 exhibiting companies. See page 20 for a full report on the show.
Cessna Aircraft last month unveiled the Citation XLS, a faster and longer-legged derivative of the Citation Excel with a price tag of $9.895 million and described as “a logical step up for customers moving up from smaller light jets.”
The surprisingly high number of business aircraft that now comply with reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM)–and the number of service centers that are offering RVSM avionics installations–could mean that most operators will be ready for the new airspace standards by the domestic RVSM (DRVSM) compliance deadline of Jan.
At last month’s NBAA Convention Bombardier launched the Global Express XRS as the next generation of its super-large, long-range business jet offerings. The derivative model brings upgrades to the Global cabin and provides greater range at high speed, improved takeoff performance, fast fueling capability and the new Bombardier enhanced vision system (BEVS) as standard equipment.
Gulfstream Aerospace took the wraps off its newest model, the G450, at the NBAA Convention last month. The fourth example (S/N 4004) of the GIV-X (or next-generation GIV) was on static display at Orlando Executive Airport, along with two G550s, a G400, a G200 and a G100.
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