Last month’s rush to speculation over the effects of United Airlines’ decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection had just spread to include conjecture about its regional affiliates when Atlantic Coast Airlines released an illuminating statement on the status of its code-share relationship with the world’s second-largest carrier.
Aviation International News » January 2003
Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) of St. Paul, Minn., has received a $600,000 grant from NASA to develop a whole-airplane parachute system for very light jets. The company has identified eight aircraft in various stages of development that could become a market for the product and has agreements to work with three possible manufacturers of jets in the 5,000- to 8,000-lb-mtow, 350-kt-cruise-speed category.
Despite a prediction in early October that its Williams FJ44-powered Learjet 25D would make its first flight within two weeks, Guthrie, Okla.-based Spirit Wing had yet to fly the airplane last month, but it “could happen before the end of the year,” Mike Pinwell, director of operations, said. “First flight is really, really, really, really close,” he told AIN. “We’re taking care of some maintenance issues.
Since receiving FAA certification in December 1996, some 168 GVs have gone into service, 13 of them in Europe, but it wasn’t until October 31 last year that the Gulfstream V received its stamp of approval from the JAA. In a letter
Dassault has selected a new, smaller version of the Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics HGS 4000 head-up display as an option for the Falcon 7X. The 7X HGS will provide a wider field of view and larger glass for better viewing during crosswind landings and circling approaches, said Rockwell Collins.
The turbofan engine powering the Challenger 300, Honeywell’s 6,500-lb-thrust AS907, received certification by the JAA on December 3. The first production engines were scheduled for delivery to Bombardier by year-end for installation on a Challenger 300 (formerly the Continental) production aircraft.
As of the middle of last month, the Adam A500 piston twin had logged more than 110 developmental flight-test hours on some 60 flights. (The M309, the A500 proof-of-concept airplane, flew about 300 hr before being retired.) Said flight-test pilot and lead powerplant engineer Glenn Maben, “This accounts for about 30 percent of the tests we plan to perform on serial number one [the first example built on production tooling].
Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering plans to allow 30- or 40 percent more business aviation traffic at the Royal Air Force’s London-area Northolt base. At the same time, newly formed Northolt Business Aviation is preparing to offer unused air force hangar space to corporate operators.
This spring the long-awaited Subpart K to FAR Part 91 regulations is expected to go
To some, helicopters are the essence of noise; to others they make the music of commerce. Regardless, helicopters are known to rumble and clatter and roar and whine, all the while thrashing the air about amid a whir and blur of rotor blades, making cabin noise a foregone conclusion, and normal conversation difficult at best. But that is about to change, according to Ed Bolden, president of Heritage Aviation.