The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued an intelligence bulletin warning on Friday that “violent extremists with knowledge of general aviation and access to small planes pose a significant potential threat to the homeland.” In a separate memo sent to general aviation pilots a day later, the TSA said,
AINalerts » September 6, 2011
As Congress returns from its month-long break this week, it has a mere 10 days to pass a 22nd extension of the FAA’s operating authority or finally hash out a new long-term funding measure. Otherwise, there could be a repeat of the partial shutdown of the FAA and idling of airport construction workers of four weeks ago.
While deliveries of new business aircraft lagged significantly in the first six months of 2011 on a year-over-year basis, JetNet said pre-owned business aircraft sale transactions between January and July have actually climbed. Used business jet sales were up 11.2 percent in this seven-month period versus last year, and turboprop sales increased 3.7 percent.
Effective yesterday, an EASA Airworthiness Directive (AD) has restored the full original flight envelope for the Dassault Falcon 7X, providing the fly-by-wire control system is updated. Dassault has developed a modification of the system to improve “the monitoring and reversion logic of the horizontal stabilizer trim system,” EASA said.
Despite worries over government debt in the U.S. and Europe that have led to roller-coaster-like stock markets, the business jet market remains stable, according to business aircraft sales, acquisitions, trading and brokerage service firm Jetcraft. “Fundamentally, Jetcraft’s market outlook remains unchanged, despite recent financial uncertainties in Europe and the U.S.,” says Jetcraft president Chad Anderson.