Proposed funding cuts that could affect NASA’s ability to conduct aeronautics research–including work on the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS)–continue to draw fire from lawmakers, aerospace officials and academia.
Now that refurbishment of the Falcon 900 is finished and the jet is back in service, the experience for the owner and managers of the airplane can probably best be summed up thus: “The end result will be enjoyed long after the trials and tribulations of the journey have been forgotten.”
The FAA is about to change helicopter certification rules to align them with the current performance levels of the aircraft they regulate. The rules, in effect, are catching up with the improved capabilities of modern rotorcraft.
Bell Helicopter recently issued new information letters expressing concern about BLR Aerospace tailboom strakes. Bell issued a similar letter in 1995 when BLR obtained certification for use of tailboom strakes on Bell’s line of medium helicopters.
The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. impact) has ordered a single-turbine Enstrom 480B Guardian. The helicopter, which will be based in Pasadena, is expected to be delivered next month.
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