The good news about the proliferation of new high-altitude airplanes–turbocharged piston or turbine–is that they offer users the chance to experience the increased efficiency of an engine that likes flying where the air is thin.
The Transportation Department’s inspector general told the House aviation subcommittee in July that possible extensions to the durations of medical certificates and the planned raising of the airline pilot retirement age underscore the importance of the medical certification process.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will become president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) when her term as head of the agency ends September 13. AIA is an Arlington, Va.-based trade association representing the nation’s manufacturers of civil and military aerospace products.
Executive aircraft operator PrivatAir is preparing for a full launch of its Select Membership block charter program later this year in the U.S. and expects to extend it to European customers early next year.
Five people perished on August 5 when their King Air E90B crashed on departure from Ruidoso Airport in New Mexico. The aircraft was operated by Southwest MedEvac of Las Cruces, N.M., and the flight had been dispatched as Part 135 when the accident happened.
Denver-based Air Methods has reached a definitive agreement to acquire all the stock of FSS Airholdings, the parent company of medical helicopter provider CJ Systems. CJ operates 113 medevac helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and employs 800 people nationwide.
Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer and operator CAE announced last month it will acquire flight-safety company Flightscape in a deal worth approximately C$18 million. Flightscape designs software that enables the study and interpretation of recorded flight data.
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