If the FAA reauthorization bill currently under debate in Congress is finally passed in its present form, one provision that it contains could seal the fate of Stage II aircraft operations in the continental U.S., based in part on the efforts of an aviation industry group known as Sound Initiative.
Aviation International News » September 2010
Current FAA terminology for an air traffic controller’s instruction for a pilot to taxi onto the runway and await takeoff clearance is “position and hold.” This will change on September 30 to “line up and wait,” the standard terminology under International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines.
The Nigerian government’s announcement last month that it is buying two Falcon 7Xs and one Gulfstream G550 has yielded a rare public viewing of business aircraft discounts. The three aircraft will join the country’s eight-aircraft presidential fleet, which includes a Boeing Business Jet, Gulfstream IV-SP and GV and two Falcon 900s.
Carl Hirschmann, Jet Aviation’s former CEO and the eldest son of company founder Carl W. Hirschmann, died on July 31 in Zurich, Switzerland, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61. The younger Hirschmann, who was groomed by his father to lead the Zurich-based company, joined Jet Aviation in 1975 and rose to the position of CEO during the mid-1980s. Following a disagreement with his father, in 1984 Carl Jr.
Cavu Companies has added a new hold-over time (Hot) module to its EFB-Pro performance software to help pilots ensure compliance with regulatory re quirements for ground anti-icing/de-icing fluid application and pre-takeoff icing checks. The Hot module costs $250 for the first year and $100 for annual renewal. Current EFB-Pro subscribers can upgrade for the $100 renewal price.
Richard Santulli, founder of fractional-share company NetJets, is back in the aviation business with a new business jet and helicopter leasing company called Milestone Aviation Group. Santulli, 66, resigned from NetJets last August but said at the time that he would remain a consultant to the company for a year. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought NetJets in 1998 for $725 million.
Executive Flight Services, a subsidiary of Kansas City, Mo.-based Executive AirShare, established a maintenance base at Midwest National Air Center in Kearney, Mo. The company will continue to operate maintenance facilities at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport.
The FAA issued a draft policy memorandum that would change circuit-breaker layouts in aircraft electrical systems, as well as how pilots deal with tripped circuit breakers. Comments are due by September 12. Principal changes would be for manufacturers to group and identify essential and non-essential circuit breakers in Part 23 aircraft and to publish flight manual guidance about when to reset circuit breakers.
The FAA is seeking a civil penalty of $580,000 from Hillsboro Aviation of Hillsboro, Ore., “for allegedly performing improper repairs, deliberately falsifying maintenance records and operating a helicopter in a reckless manner.” The proposed penalty amount is lower than it could have been, according to the FAA, because Hillsboro’s general manager “upon learning of the intentional falsifications, immediately terminated all personnel invo
After months of posting positive trends, the recovery in business aircraft flight activity sputtered in July, falling 0.9 percent from a year ago, according to TraqPak data from Argus. Breaking down the numbers by aircraft category, only midsize jets trended in positive territory in July, with flight activity rising 4.6 percent year-over-year.