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October 13, 2014, 12:25 PM

Efforts to return Chicago Center to full operation today appear to be on track. The FAA said Friday that agency pilots from Oklahoma City flew an aircraft through Chicago Center’s airspace last Thursday to help air traffic controllers test more than 100 radio frequencies in preparation for the return to service. FAA technical teams also continued testing the 835 new telecommunications circuits at the facility.

October 13, 2014, 12:20 PM

The National Transportation Safety Board last week announced it has extended until October 31 the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking governing the agency’s investigation procedures. The original NPRM–Docket No. NTSB-GC-2012-0002–published late last summer, proposed several rule changes about how the Board conducts investigations. The Board proposed organizing investigation procedures into mode-specific subparts, as well as updates to several terms and other procedures.

October 13, 2014, 12:15 PM

Cal Fire’s fleet of 22 converted Grumman S-2T firefighting tankers received a structural clean bill of health from the NTSB that allowed the aircraft to return to normal flight status, the company announced last week. The approval came four days after a pilot was killed when his aircraft crashed in steep terrain near Yosemite National Park. Cal Fire immediately grounded the fleet of S-2Ts to safeguard crews until structural and aging-aircraft issues could be addressed.


October 13, 2014, 12:10 PM

Owner-flown aircraft face unique challenges such as a lack of guidance, financial support and clear safety procedures set to a standard,” said NBAA Safety Committee chairman Jim Lara. To that end, the association is conducting a full-day, single-pilot safety standdown on October 20, just before the NBAA Convention. The gathering will draw upon the experiences of pilots, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer information sharing.

October 13, 2014, 12:05 PM

The FAA Technical Center’s Airport Safety Reseach & Development Branch is evaluating new signage and markings for approach hold and runway safety areas at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Similar signs will be installed at Nashville International Airport (BNA) in December. The agency said some signage markings vary from airport to airport and the discrepancies could lead to confusion. Pilots are encouraged to evaluate the new signs by taking a brief FAA survey.

October 10, 2014, 9:17 AM
MD Helicopters Cayuse Warrior

MD Helicopters announced contract awards from the U.S. Army to supply and arm MD530F helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. With the U.S. drawing down forces in Afghanistan, the armed helicopters “will expand armed escort, scout attack and close air attack capabilities in support of an increasing operational tempo in the region,” the manufacturer said.

October 9, 2014, 4:01 PM
Washington Reagan National Airport

The trade organization representing major U.S. airlines is conducting its own study of the pros and cons of privatizing the nation’s ATC system. Airlines for America (A4A) plans to release its findings as Congress drafts the next long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

October 9, 2014, 3:50 PM

Business aircraft activity in the U.S. increased for the 10th straight month, climbing 3.9 percent last month versus a year ago, making it the busiest September for business aviation since the same month in2008, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 0.9 percent year-over-year.

October 9, 2014, 3:47 PM

The world’s longest-range business jet–the Gulfstream G650ER–was certified this week by the FAA, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. Gulfstream Aerospace revealed the 7,500-nm business jet in May at EBACE and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ERs to customers by year-end, a few months ahead of previous delivery date projections.

October 9, 2014, 3:42 PM

Embraer Executive Jets broke ground today on an expansion project at its Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport campus that will allow Legacy 450/500 assembly to begin there in the second half of 2016. The company plans to deliver at least one Legacy 500 from the facility in 2016 and has a planned production capacity of six per month. The aircraft manufacturer has assembled and delivered nearly 80 Phenom 100s and 300s from the Florida facility since 2012.