A tectonic shift in the rulemaking practice of the FAA occurred, almost unnoticed, on January 16 of this year. Before that date, the agency would introduce and then implement equipage plans and procedures–TCAS, RVSM, TAWS, ADS-B were examples–that it felt were timely for the aviation community. Industry comments were always invited, but everyone knew that the basic plans and their introduction dates wouldn’t change much.
Aviation International News » October 2009
The King Air 350i, announced at last year’s NBAA Convention, is due to receive FAA certification shortly.
Dornier’s twin-turboprop all-composite Seastar CD2 made its first appearance at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., in July, the first stop in a tour of North America that included demo flights in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle, culminating in a visit to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif., in August. At Oshkosh, “The response was much greater than anticipated,” said Dornier Seaplane CEO Joe Walker.
Sky Aircraft, based in Chambley in France’s Lorraine region, is part of GECI International, which also includes Reims Aviation, maker of the F406 twin turboprop. GECI is also a supplier to manufacturers Airbus on the A380 and A350 XWB programs and Dassault on the 7X program. The SK-105 Skylander is a high-wing twin turboprop powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B engines.
Townsend Leather plans to introduce its new Artesano Woven leather at the NBAA Convention this month. The Johnstown, N.Y.-based fine leather purveyor describes the product as an “exquisitely beautiful” new spin on old-world craftsmanship. It is created from lambskin hand-glazed in the U.S. and woven on antique teak looms in the Philippines. The collection is already in stock in colors that include antique lace and black tuxedo.
Dart Helicopter Services has announced that affiliated partner Dart Aerospace has received Transport Canada and EASA certification of its expanded line of interior trim panels, cabin floor and baggage compartment protectors for the Bell 206A/B and 206L series and Bell 407.
Gore Design Completions in San Antonio has secured major contracts for the completion of two Airbus A340-500s. The contracts were signed in late August and work has already begun on engineering and design. The first airplane is scheduled for delivery to Gore Design toward the end of summer next year and the second will arrive in early 2011. They will be the fourth and fifth A340s finished
by the company since 2008.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre in Toulouse, France, has delivered its third Airbus ACJ-series executive cabin. The aircraft, an A319 owned by a private customer, has a cabin designed by Studio e/motions to seat slightly more than 30 VIPs, guests and support staff. Cabin amenities include satcom, on-demand audio/video and wireless connectivity.
Pushing ahead with its new 747-8 Intercontinental passenger iteration of the venerable 747, Boeing has already sold seven of the big four-engine widebodies for conversion to executive or head-of-state configuration.
Comtran International, an independent interior refurbishment center based at Horseshoe Bay Resort Airport, Texas, has won European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its Dornier 328Jet executive conversion.
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