The healthy crop of new airliner orders announced by Boeing during July’s Farnborough International Air Show made a big impact on U.S. trade figures. New Department of Commerce data on manufactured durable goods revealed that orders announced at the biennial show for at least 228 new Boeing aircraft saw total orders in this sector rise by 22.6 percent in July to total $300.1 billion.
Singapore-based aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation said it was responding to Asian airline customers that are expanding or replacing their older aircraft by placing its largest-ever order with Boeing.
The association of collegiate training institutions (ACTI)–the group that represents 36 FAA-authorized air traffic-collegiate training initiative (AT-CTI) colleges and universities–criticized the FAA last week for eliminating preferential hiring for AT-CTI graduates. It said the move could potentially undermine safety and threaten the viability of the schools.
Last December, the FAA halted the preferential treatment of AT-CTI graduates and purged a list of more than 3,000 students who had already passed the agency’s hiring tests in place at the time.
Last week’s FAA notice to airmen (Notam) restricting U.S. operators from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region, which includes all of Syria, is further evidence the agency is watching airspace over the world’s hotspots more closely since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in June.
The FAA is still struggling with the software required for deployment of the standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars), according to a report released on August 14 by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG). Stars computers are being deployed at 11 large terminals to modernize ATC functions.
Air navigation service provider Airways New Zealand said August 15 that horizontal air traffic separation standards in Mongolian airspace will be reduced to 20 nm from the current 60 nm beginning in September. The move comes two years after the Mongolian civil aviation authority introduced radar ATC separation to the region. An Airways New Zealand spokesman said the goal is eventually to reduce separation to the ICAO standard of 5 nm.
Federal and city officials in the Los Angeles area have been unsuccessful in their attempts to identify the owner/operator of a small drone seen by the pilots of an airliner on August 4 while they were on final approach into Los Angeles International Airport The pilots reported the drone 10 miles east of the airport at 4,000 feet, well inside the airport’s Class B airspace.
Gulfstream Aerospace issued a maintenance and operations letter on Monday to all Gulfstream operators stressing that the “freedom of flight control movement is the ultimate indicator the gust lock is fully released for all Gulfstream models.” The letter, MOL-14-0024, is a follow-on to another sent on June 13 in the wake of the May 31 GIV-SP accident near Boston, reminding “operators of the importance of adhering to Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) procedures to
The Learjet 85 program, already years behind the original schedule, is likely to be pushed out farther to the right as Bombardier Aerospace gives higher priority to the CSeries and Global 7000/8000, say industry watchers. The Learjet 85 is currently the only one of these in active flight test, as CSeries flying was halted in late May due to an engine issue and the Global 7000 and 8000 won’t fly until early next year and 2016, respectively.
As more aircraft equip with ADS-B OUT–which broadcasts position, velocity, altitude and other information in unencrypted formats on easily received frequencies–business aircraft operators are concerned about whether they can continue blocking their aircraft from display on flight-tracking websites. While the FAA offers a way for operators to request blocking of particular aircraft from FAA radar data feeds, there currently is no physical means to block reception of mode-S transponder or ADS-B signals by a simple receiver.