The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Idaho. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected next February 13. Comments are due October 12. For more information, contact the FAA at (425) 227-2653.
Aviation International News » October 2005
The FAA has decided not to require the use of child-restraint systems (CRSs) on aircraft, much to the dislike of the NTSB, but it is amending regulations to allow the use of CRSs approved under a TC, STC or TSO. Current regulations do not allow the use of CRSs other than those that meet the standards for automobiles.
Bombardier recently delivered the 150th aircraft in its Global series. The milestone aircraft, a Global 5000, was delivered on August 26 to Dwight Management of St. Paul, Minn. The line entered service in 1997 with the first Global Express.
Salaried pilots who fly air taxis, bush aircraft and crop dusters have the highest occupational death rate–92.4 for every 100,000 pilots–tied with the rate for logging workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency said the aircraft these pilots fly can be “old and the maintenance less stringent than among the big airliners, adding to the danger.”
One year after CitationShares introduced its Vector jet card, the fractional provider has curtailed sales so as “not to exceed the capacity to fulfill” charter and owner flights. “We have reached the capacity we targeted way earlier than expected,” according to CitationShares president and CEO Steve O’Neill. “We expected a renewal rate of about 35 percent, but about 75 percent of cardholders are renewing.
Northrop Grumman expected to begin last month “operational testing and evaluation” of its Guardian civil aircraft counter-manpads air defense system aboard an MD-11 and, later this year, a 747. The Rolling Meadows, Ill. firm said it received Department of Homeland Security approval for the Guardian design earlier this month.
Air Partner International has started offering its Jet Membership Program fixed-rate charter package throughout Europe, having launched it in the UK last year. It is already available to customers in North America through Air Partner’s new alliance with U.S.-based Sentient Jet. The program provides fixed rates in three Citation models in increments of 25, 50 and 75 charter hours.
Embraer’s Legacy business jet received Brazilian and FAA certification to use airports with elevations of up to 9,500 feet msl, allowing operations to Telluride and Aspen, Colo., and Quito, Ecuador, among others. Fifty-eight Legacys are operating in 15 countries, according to Embraer.
Around the beginning of this month Avantair was expected to take delivery of another Piaggio Avanti. This aircraft will be not only the 22nd for the fractional provider but also the 100th Avanti delivered–exactly 15 years to the month since the turboprop twin received certification in October 1990.
FlightSafety International (FSI) officially opened its new Farnborough Learning Center in the UK on September 14. The 92,000-sq-ft facility has already received its first 50 pilots and is equipped with five of the 14 simulators it will eventually house.