An airframe match for one or both new small turbofan designs currently under development by Pratt & Whitney Canada may be announced at this month’s NBAA Convention. Two years ago, the engine maker revealed it was working on two new engines: the PW600F, a 2,000- to 2,400-lb-thrust model, and, in a joint development program with Raytheon Aircraft, the 2,500-lb-thrust PW625F.
Aviation International News » September 2002
The in-development 1,000-lb-thrust turbofan from startup Agilis Engines apparently isn’t a shoo-in for the Safire S-26 personal twinjet, as previously indicated. AIN has learned that powerplants from Pratt & Whitney Canada and Williams International were also evaluated for the new twinjet during a design review conducted in June.
The rate of pilot hiring this year by five major fractional aircraft ownership providers–CitationShares, Flexjet, Flight Options, NetJets and Corporate Aircraft Partners–is up 19 percent from last year, according to AIR Inc., an Atlanta-based aviation personnel career tracking and placement service. AIR reported that in July the fractionals hired 107 pilots, bringing this year’s seven-month hiring total to 723.
ATC in Europe costs about 70 percent more than in the U.S., according to the 2001 annual report of the Eurocontrol Performance Review Commission (PRC) published in late July. The commission demanded fundamental reform of Eurocontrol’s user-charge formula, arguing that the agency’s constituent national ATC service providers currently have no real incentive to become more efficient.
Too often, as their terms of office draw to a close, politicians and political appointees sign into law decisions and future commitments that many might describe as potentially self-serving. But in her last days as FAA Administrator, Jane Garvey characteristically took the high road, by committing the FAA to move expeditiously toward a nationwide public-use required navigation performance (RNP) environment.
Placing the blame primarily on a “severe downturn” in the U.S. business aviation market, Canadian OEM Bombardier last week slashed its net-income target for the current fiscal year by 21 percent. The company, which saw its business aircraft deliveries drop from 114 in the first half of last year to 74 for the same period this year, said the forecast includes a “one-time charge” to write down the value of used business aircraft.
US Airways informed Mesa Air Group that it will end its code-share relationship with Mesa subsidiary CCAir on November 4, and re-assign the last remaining routes flown by the Charlotte, N.C.-based regional to wholly owned US Airways subsidiary Piedmont Airlines. The decision will effectively close CCAir in its entirety, unless Mesa can negotiate a new “cost plus” contract to replace CCAir’s pro-rate agreement.
National Jet Systems opened a regional aircraft maintenance facility in Brisbane, Australia. The 62,000-sq-ft complex includes a 46,000-sq-ft hangar that will hold three airliners simultaneously. The company operates a fleet of BAE Systems 146s and Avro RJs on wet leases for flag carrier Qantas and as corporate shuttles for the Australian mining industry.
European civil aviation officials have begun the year-long final process to establish the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is set to replace the JAA next September. The key difference between EASA and JAA is that its regulations will be automatically binding for European Union and JAA member nations.
A general aviation terminal opened last month at Sardinia’s Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, and local handling agent Geasar is pressing ahead with construction of a new dedicated apron and hangar for business aircraft.