Latin America, which has historically been the third-largest market for business aircraft, is poised to play an important part in business aviation’s recovery, according to aviation consultant Brian Foley. There are nearly 31,000 private business jets and turboprops worldwide, with 62 percent based in the U.S. and Canada, followed by 13 percent in Europe and a “surprising” 12 percent in Latin America.
Aviation International News » September 2010
Dassault Falcon received EASA certification to equip the Falcon 7X with its enhanced flight vision system (EFVS). Certification from the FAA is expected this month. EFVS provides an image on the head-up guidance system and on flight-deck displays that enables the pilots to see the terrain and airport environment in low-visibility conditions such as fog, haze and at night.
Aviation data and services firm Argus launched a new online registry of charter operators that features the company’s charter evaluation and qualification (Cheq) rating. Cheq provides charter buyers with an independent rating based on an operator’s actual safety history. Until now, these ratings have not been available free to the public in a searchable online registry.
Honda Aircraft in late July said that power was switched on for the first time in its first conforming flight-test HondaJet light jet, while the fuselage and wing assemblies were mated for the first static test aircraft.
The criminal trial of the American pilots of the Legacy jet that collided with a Boeing 737 over the Amazon in 2006 moved forward this month when the judge decided he has no need to hear seven defense witnesses.
In 1986, Mario Diaz came from his native Argentina as a boy "to spend a couple of months." Twenty-five years later he is CEO of Cabin Crafters, a fast-growing completion and refurbishment center tucked away in the suburbs of South Hackensack, N.J., five minutes from Teterboro Airport, where his father began his own career in aviation.
King Schools, distributor for Redbird Flight Simulation’s desktop TD and TD2 flight training devices, demonstrated a new Redbird feature, the Parrot context-aware ATC simulator. Parrot responds to student radio calls depending on the “position” of the simulator. For example, before takeoff from a busy airport, the student will have to call clearance delivery to obtain a clearance, then ground, then tower.
A highlight of AirVenture 2010 was the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the venerable Douglas DC-3, which changed aviation from a novelty to a major means of transportation all over the world. Approximately 500 DC-3s remain in the world today, and 100 of them are in the U.S. Thirty-six of those were at AirVenture, and 21 of them flew in on a mass flight from Rock Falls, Ill.
AirVenture 2010 was blessed with few accidents. The replica Sikorsky S-38 amphibian Osa’s Ark suffered a collapsed landing gear on Runway 18/36, but that was quickly fixed and the flying boat was able to taxi on its own legs. On July 27 a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA piloted by Jack Roush crashed while landing on Runway 18.
Aviation Partners (API) broaught a Falcon 50 equipped with radical-looking spiroid winglets to AirVenture, the airplane’s first public appearance after a two-month installation job at West Star Aviation in East Alton, Ill. The spiroid winglets are strictly a research-and-development program funded by the U.S. government and are not slated for production.