For airplanes–some airplanes at least–30 years is just another birthday to precede many more, a time when the manufacturers will hopefully hear comments such as “better, not older,” or “significantly improved.” That is true of the Bombardier Challenger 605.
Aviation International News » September 2008
Clifford Development expects STC approval this month for its re-engined version of the Citation II. Certification of the S-II should follow within about 30 days.
AircraftLogs.com has added maintenance features to its online logbook system. Users of the Columbus, Ohio, company’s online system can now receive automatic alerts when the FAA issues new service bulletins and Airworthiness Directives, due to an arrangement with maintenance data publisher Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP).
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Spectrum Aeronautical announced another fleet order for its in-development S.33 Independence very light jet and S.40 Freedom light jet. The latest fleet order for an unspecified mix of S.33s and S.40s from Northbrook, Ill.-based Starfish Aviation is valued “in the nine-digit range,” according to Spectrum president Austin Blue.
Universal Weather & Aviation announced it has signed a letter of intent to merge as a majority partner with Brazilian trip services specialist Cavok Serviços Auxiliares de Transportes Aéreos. “We’ve earned our reputation for being Brazil’s premier provider of trip support services and that will not change,” said Cavok founder Mauro Camargo.
Texas Aviation Services and Brazilian partner Sierra Aeronautica have revealed a joint venture to provide support for Brazilian helicopter clients in the São Paulo region. The move comes as a consequence of the rapid growth of the helicopter market in Brazil and “unprecedented backlogs for completions and customizing projects chiefly for VIP helicopters.”
The FAA has extended the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months (five years) and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40. According to AOPA, current and expired medical certificates are grandfathered under this rule. The second-class medical duration remains at 12 calendar months, regardless of pilot age.
Avidyne has announced that graphical weather and two-way text messaging is now available for Latin America on its two-way datalink transceiver, the MLX770. Avidyne introduced the MLX770 earlier this year at EBACE and in July announced it would continue expanding coverage.
The California state legislature has passed a bill that asks the FAA to abide by the city of Santa Monica’s attempt to bar certain jets from using Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The state assembly passed bill AJR 37 in July, and a majority of the senate voted for the bill last month.
Brazilian race driver Nelson Piquet, one of few ever to win three world championships, hasn’t slowed down. At LABACE he confirmed the purchase of a second Citation Mustang. He also owns a Citation X, the fastest civil aircraft in the world, and is rated to fly both the Mustang and Citation X. Cessna claims Brazil is the second largest regional market for the Mustang, behind the European Union.