DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center has received its repair station certificate from the FAA. The Tucson, Ariz.-based company at Tucson International Airport already has 44 employees and expects to have 150 on the payroll by this time next year.
Even as a half-dozen companies are rushing to get FAA approval for systems that will allow the in-flight use of personal cellphones on business aircraft, other government entities have questioned cellphone use on airliners, citing security concerns.
Arinc Direct, which showcased its SkyLink satellite broadband service on two Gulfstreams at the Paris Air Show earlier this summer, expects to go active in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East in the fourth quarter of this year.
Rockwell Collins has issued a service information letter approving Blue Sky Network’s Iridium satellite phone system as a qualified data channel for its Airshow 4000 moving map and information system. It is also approved for the current fleet of Airshow Network (Genesys) users.
Midcoast Aviation has a new supplemental type certificate for a solid-surface pocket door for the Falcon 900 and Falcon 900EX. The original mid-cabin divider in the Falcon 900 was typically a curtain partition.
— The Senate and the House closed up shop at the end of July for their customary August vacation. By that time, legislators had introduced 1,552 bills in the Senate and 3,615 in the House of Representatives, a near record.
A “commercialized” ATC system in the U.S. could result in lower charges to airlines for ATC services, but it almost certainly would mean higher fees for general aviation operators, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
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