A University of North Dakota (UND) Cessna Citation II icing research aircraft made a successful deadstick landing near Beaver, Alaska, about 70 miles north of Fairbanks, after both engines lost power on September 30. In IMC at 9,200 feet, the Citation accumulated about seven-eighths of an inch of ice on the wing’s leading edge.
Aviation International News » November 2005
As the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) mounted a “national pilot alert” against the proposed permanent air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the Washington, D.C. area, general aviation received another black eye when a 22-year-old commercial-rated pilot allegedly stole a Citation VII and took it on a 350-mile joyride from St. Augustine Airport in Florida to Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Piaggio received EASA certification for the Avanti II, an upgraded version of the turboprop twin. FAA approval is expected within the next few weeks. The Avanti II features a higher mtow and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. The aircraft will be on display at the NBAA Convention this month.
Bombardier once again has postponed a decision on its proposed C Series after failing to land an order for the 110- to 130-seat airliner before the company’s most recent self-imposed deadline of late last month. Apparently convinced during last month’s program review that a customer could sign soon, however, Bombardier has extended the offering for at least another month.
Business aviation groups welcomed a letter from the FAA to the commissioner of internal revenue asking him to suspend implementation of new fuel tax rules that would impose a “significant administrative burden” on general aviation businesses and “create financial risk for the Airport and Airways Trust Fund.” The new rules would raise the tax rate on jet fuel to that of costlier highway diesel fuel but allow aviation jet fuel buyers to apply f
With input from NBAA, the FAA has taken steps it hopes will reduce air traffic congestion between the Northeast and Florida. So-called “Snowbird” routes connecting general aviation airports and Florida destinations can become clogged by significant volume between November and March, and crippling ground stops have resulted. Key choke points were identified as the eliot Intersection, white Intersection and wavy Intersection.
Three of the five Flight Options pilots who have been trying to organize the fractional pilot group under IBT Local 1108 (the same union that represents NetJets pilots), told AIN that they soon expect to have enough organizing cards to call a vote. They claim to have 400 organizing cards from Flight Options pilots, though they need 550–or 65 percent of the 848-strong pilot workforce–to call a vote.
Gulfstream’s results for the first nine months of this year show double-digit improvements in net sales and operating earnings, as well as an increase in backlog and a marked jump in aircraft deliveries, compared with the same period last year.
Few if any Mustang orders are for very light (VLJ) jet air-limo operators, and Cessna seems neither surprised nor alarmed.
A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) told AIN its chairman, Anthony Coscia, would use “whatever means necessary,” including legal action and “substantial” increases in landing fees, to achieve its agenda at Teterboro Airport (TEB).