Aviation International News » October 2010

October 12, 2010 - 6:08am

AOPA president Craig Fuller is wondering if Chicago’s Meigs Field could be reopened, now that mayor Richard Daley has announced he won’t seek re-election. On March 30, 2003, Daley closed the airport by sending bulldozers to rip up the runway in the middle of the night.

October 12, 2010 - 6:06am

The new Aero Centex FBO officially opened on August 31 at Georgetown Municipal Airport north of Austin, Texas. Aero Centex features 25,000 sq ft of hangar and terminal space, as well as 70,000 sq ft of ramp space. The hangar complex includes a community hangar and private hangars available for short- or long-term lease.

October 1, 2010 - 9:20am

The eye-popping total of 2,750 pre-owned aircraft for sale today is a lot based on historical standards, but it is well below the peak reached a little more than a year ago. The broker community and OEMs monitor the total number of aircraft for sale because it is an important measurement on which to gauge the health of the used aircraft market, but when you scratch beneath the surface you realize that the sky is not falling.

October 1, 2010 - 9:17am

The multi-role business jet cabin has come of age as several companies step in to serve a growing market for such ­in­teriors. Altitude VIP Completions of Auck­land, New Zealand, announced its BBJ-C cabin last fall, and partner Rainsford Mann Design (RMD) is already creating cabin concepts with modules for as many as five distinctively different roles.

October 1, 2010 - 8:22am

During the past few years, FBOs and airports with international arrivals have been developing processes to handle what’s known as “regulated garbage.” U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regulation 7 CFR 330.400 requires owners and operators of aircraft flying into the U.S. from other countries (except Canada) to dispose of regulated garbage in a way that protects against the introduction of foreign bacteria to the U.S.

October 1, 2010 - 7:54am

Rolls-Royce in late August filed a complaint alleging infringement by United Technologies (UTC) of the patent for the Rolls-Royce swept fan blade–the same design, claims Rolls, that UTC subsidiary Pratt & Whitney used in its PW1000G PurePower geared turbofan for the Bombardier C Series and Mitsubishi MRJ.

October 1, 2010 - 7:38am

No one would ever accuse Embraer CEO Frederico Curado of letting ego or impatience influence his decision-making. So when he insisted Embraer’s advantageous competitive position affords him the luxury of time as he deliberates over a new product strategy for the single-aisle airliner market, the company’s stakeholders could rest assured that Curado soberly considered the implications of waiting.

October 1, 2010 - 7:10am

If NextGen were an upcoming movie, Swim–for system-wide information management (Swim)–would get top billing for its leading role, and would certainly pick up the Best Supporting Actor award as well. That would only be fair, since Swim will provide the glue that will hold all NextGen’s ­myriad components together, according to speakers at a recent FAA/Air Traffic Control Association New Technologies Symposium in Atlantic City.

October 1, 2010 - 6:57am

Danish Hawker and Beech specialist Scandinavian Aircraft Technologies (ScanTech) is coordinating EASA approval of Garmin G1000 installations in King Air 90s and 200s. The first installation, performed in the U.S., has earned an EASA STC on a Norwegian King Air 200.

October 1, 2010 - 6:54am

Pilots who want an alternative source of electronic chart data for flying outside the U.S. can now buy ChartData from Seattle Avionics Software for European Union countries. The EU ChartData is available for hardware manufacturers that want to make the data available for their customers.