Aviation International News » October 2004
Aerion Corp. of Reno, Nev., plans to announce at the NBAA Convention later this month that it will build a supersonic business jet. While an Aerion spokesman would not release any details at press time, it is known that aviation industry veteran Brian Barents is the company’s vice chairman and billionaire Robert Bass is chairman.
On September 10, Walled Lake, Mich.-based Williams International received FAA type certification of its new 1,568-pound-thrust FJ33-4A. The company will follow this milestone with the introduction of yet another turbofan engine.
It took a couple of years longer than expected, but operators of the Hawker 800 might find the wait has been worthwhile. After three years of work, Aviation Partners last month finally obtained an STC for its performance-enhancing blended winglets for the Hawker 800 series.
Significant cost and time savings achieved through the use of advanced digital design and production software on the Falcon 7X have persuaded Dassault that the development of new business jets smaller than the 5,700-nm 7X trijet might be economically more viable than the company had previously thought, although senior v-p of civil aircraft Olivier Villa declined to reveal what size of jet would likely be next in line for creation on company en
When Cessna opened its new 159,000-sq-ft Orlando Citation Service Center on June 21, the facility became the largest in the company’s service-center network. And with a second construction phase adding another 26,000 sq ft due to be completed early next month, it’s hard to believe that this 185,000-sq-ft complex will no longer hold this distinction by Thanksgiving.
A recent FAA airworthiness handbook bulletin that aims to clarify the maintenance requirements for Part 135 aircraft might not be a good thing for some operators, but it might prove beneficial for some maintenance facilities.
Long a concern for regional airlines and the world’s two largest regional jet makers, a growing pessimism about the future of not only US Airways but also Delta and United Airlines carries implications for virtually the entire industry. Last month’s bankruptcy filing by US Airways only intensified the anxiety gnawing at all of the airline’s regional code-share partners.
NTSB members are strongly dissatisfied with the way in which Board chairman Ellen Engleman Conners is attempting to curb their activities. Three Board members–Carol Carmody, Richard Healing and Deborah Hersman–sent a letter to the chairman late this summer expressing their concerns. The Board did not make the letter public, but AIN obtained a copy of it.
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