Raytheon Aircraft breaks ground October 3 for a major expansion of its Hawker completions facility in Little Rock, Ark. The company plans to deliver 156 business jets this year, including the first five Hawker 4000s.
Aviation International News » October 2006
PrivateSky Aviation Services of Fort Myers, Fla., and Spectralux of Redmond, Wash., have STC’d a mode-S enhanced surveillance upgrade for Gulfstreams. Cost is less than $20,000, depending on the aircraft’s current transponder configuration. Starting next March 30, mode-S elementary and enhanced surveillance systems are scheduled for mandatory phasing in in European airspace.
The Schleicher sailplane that collided with a NetJets Hawker 800XP at about 16,000 feet near Smith, Nev., on August 28 was equipped with a transponder but it was not turned on. Transponder activation is not required for glider operations below 18,000 feet msl and outside controlled airspace.
The saga surrounding European approval for commercial operation of single-engine aircraft in IMC (SEIMC) continues. Late last month, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was preparing “in the next few days” to invite proposals for a new year-long study that it hoped to launch by year-end.
The City of Chicago settled an FAA enforcement action that arose after it bulldozed Meigs Field’s runway on March 30, 2003. The city agreed to pay $33,000, assessed for failure to provide advance notice of changes to the airport, although under terms of the settlement the city admits no violation.
The 78- to 88-seat Embraer E175 earned its FAA certification last month, paving the way for deliveries to start in the U.S. Indianapolis-based Republic Airlines, still the only U.S. customer for the stretched-by-two-rows variant of the Embraer E170, plans to start accepting its order for 30 of the airplanes in an 86-seat configuration next year.
Owners, operators and manufacturers of aircraft registered in any of the UK’s overseas territories have been advised to get familiar with a comprehensive set of new requirements. Under the latest amendments to the UK’s Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements, regulatory changes will soon be introduced that cover operations, maintenance, airworthiness and ATC for registering aircraft.
After the NetJets-operated Raytheon Hawker that collided with a sailplane in Nevada on August 28 (see page 106) prepared to land, one of the jet’s passengers cinched up his seat belt and the inboard portion of the seat belt detached. The passenger moved to another seat and the same thing happened.
Controversy continues to swirl around the FAA’s September 2005 regulations regarding aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation. The agency amended the original regulations after discovering the wording implicated a much broader range of components than intended and recognizing that in many cases compliant parts are not available.
Executive Jet Investments (EJI), the Swiss-based group of investors that has had a 50-percent stake in the Grob SPn Utility light business jet, has now acquired a controlling stake in the German manufacturer for an undisclosed sum. Grob will also not disclose the exact size of EJI’s holding, so it is not clear how large a stake the Grob family might have retained.