The FAA recently issued Advisory Circular (AC) 91-78, which clarifies that electronic charts, whether obtained through installed or portable display, are legal to use in
Aviation International News » September 2007
Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer and operator CAE announced last month it will acquire flight-safety company Flightscape in a deal worth approximately C$18 million. Flightscape designs software that enables the study and interpretation of recorded flight data.
Gulfstream’s more spacious rework of the Westwind-derived G100, the G150, received EASA certification last month. The airplane achieved FAA and Israeli certification in the fall of 2005. Gulfstream president Joseph Lombardo said, “The EASA certification is an extremely important accomplishment.” The year-and-a-half between U.S. and EASA certification was part of the plan, said a company spokesman.
Flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) programs are finally seeing application in business aviation, and in early February the Altria flight department revealed that it has been working with the Flight Safety Foundation in developing a FOQA demonstration program.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) increased the fees it charges for various services on July 1, but it also lowered some fees. According to a CASA statement, “CASA is obliged to recover costs for regulatory services in line with the Australian Government’s cost-recovery policy.” Fees for issuing private, commercial and air transport licenses are lower, and the agency reduced a total of 22 fixed fees.
After a year-and-a-half-long court battle, maintenance-tracking provider Camp Systems International and Gulfstream Aerospace signed a cross-licensing agreement that settles the dispute. Under the agreement, Gulfstream will permit Camp to use Gulfstream’s copyrighted maintenance manuals on a non-exclusive worldwide basis for 15 years.
Airports throughout Jamaica, Mexico and Belize were shut down at press time as Hurricane Dean plowed through the Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula. In Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica Airport and Norman Manley International Airport remained closed for more than two days following the storm. Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay was the first to re-open, 24 hours after aviation operations were suspended.
In a preliminary report on the July 10 crash of a Cessna 310R in Sanford, Fla., the NTSB said it could find “no obvious pre-impact mechanical malfunctions” in either of the airplane’s engines.
Charter/management company North American Jet (NAJ) flew the first revenue passenger flight in an Eclipse 500 VLJ on August 17. The trip originated at the company’s base at Chicago Executive Airport (formerly Palwaukee), carrying two pilots and two passengers to Martin State Airport in Baltimore, at 33,000 feet in Eclipse 500 S/N 18, according to NAJ president Ken Ross.
Deliveries of both jets and turboprops were up again in the first half of this year, according to second-quarter numbers released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).