New data by UK ATC provider NATS shows that business jets are more likely than others to be involved in certain types of safety incident.
Aviation International News » October 2006
Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman of German railway group Deutsche Bahn, has proposed that Berlin’s downtown Tempelhof Airport be redeveloped as a dedicated business aviation facility. Mehdorn has offered to lead a private-sector consortium to implement the project.
The original BBJ3, which was proposed in early 2000, was going to be a 7,000-nm aircraft based on the 757-200 fuselage and 757-300 wing. But the project was shelved in late 2001, a victim of cost reductions at Boeing, according to then BBJ president Lee Monson.
On September 1 Boeing’s new 737-900ER, the platform for the new BBJ3, made its maiden flight. The first -900ER is destined for Indonesia’s Lion Air. Boeing last November at the Dubai Air Show announced (though not for the first time) that it plans to offer a BBJ3 derivative, but a formal launch decision has yet to be made. A Boeing spokesperson said more information on the BBJ3 will be forthcoming at the NBAA Convention later this month.
“Decision Guide to Private Jet Travel” is a new 50-page study on how to select a business aircraft provider. San Francisco-based publisher Helium Report said the study results are based on the responses to a survey of “all major private aviation companies. Our guide couples industry information with company reviews to help you select the
In its latest update, issued last month, the NTSB said the number of people killed in all aviation accidents last year dropped to 616 from 652 in 2004. Airline fatalities increased from 14 to 22, while Part 135 deaths dropped sharply from 64 in 2004 to 18 last year. Part 91 fatalities last year ticked up slightly to 562 from 558 in 2004. Foreign/unregistered aircraft contributed to the difference, with 16 fatalities in 2004 and 14 in 2005.
The FAA has approved the new AmSafe Aviation child aviation restraint system (Cares), a lightweight harness device designed for children weighing 22 to 44 pounds. Cares, which can be used on aircraft in place of heavier and bulkier safety seats, retails for $74.95 and is scheduled to be available after October 1. For more information, go to www.kidsflysafe.com.
Avcon Industries expects to have FAA group approval for its RVSM equipment package for Learjet 35s and 36s by the NBAA Convention later this month. The Newton, Kan. company is also working with Stevens Aviation on a Universal Avionics glass cockpit for the Learjet 20 and 30 series.
Former Raytheon Aircraft v-p of operations Paul Schumacher has joined Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, N.M., as v-p of manufacturing. He will lead the primary assembly team for the Eclipse 500 very light twinjet, which Eclipse said at press time would receive full type certification “shortly.” Meanwhile, its powerplant, the P&WC PW610F, received FAA certification on August 23.
The FAA last month issued a proposed order to extend through at least next September the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA), including the general aviation slot reservation program, which is now scheduled to expire on January 1. The agency last month proposed a new rule for public comment to maintain the high-density rule at LGA.