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October 2, 2014, 12:08 PM

Speakers at this week’s European Regions Airline Association general assembly in Barcelona once again sent a clear message to legislators and regulators that the continent’s regional airlines cannot continue to absorb the costs of what they consider ill conceived and misguided rules. Highlighting his association’s close ties and mostly aligned positions on issues such as passenger rights legislation, International Air Transport Association director general Tony Tyler perhaps best reflected the collective sentiment when he told attendees that he has grown tired of even trying to fight for reform of foreign ownership rules, for example.

October 2, 2014, 11:48 AM
Former FAA Flight Standards Service deputy director John McGraw

The Federal Aviation Administration is processing more than 50 requests from applicants seeking to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by exemption under a provision of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. The number of applicants exceeds what the FAA reported one week ago when it announced the first authorizations.

October 2, 2014, 10:12 AM

Europe’s regional airlines need to achieve further consolidation and move to a U.S.-style business model of cooperating directly with mainline carriers if they are ever to expect to return consistent profits. That was the assessment delivered to this week’s European Regions Airline Association general assembly in Barcelona by Braathens Aviation Group chairman Per Braathen. But he didn’t seem too confident that this change will come.

October 2, 2014, 3:35 AM

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has made it possible for private pilots to obtain a full European instrument rating in an alternative, flexible, “competency-based modular” way. In addition to a private pilot license, a candidate can use a UK IMC rating or an overseas (FAA, for example) instrument rating as the basis, along with experience logged flying in IMC or under instrument flight rules.

October 2, 2014, 3:30 AM

The NTSB is faulting the pilot for the fatal air tour crash of a Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Airbus EC130B4 that went down in heavy rain and limited visibility on the island of Molokai on Nov. 10, 2011. The crash killed pilot Nathan Cline and his four passengers.

October 2, 2014, 12:45 AM

 

Think less James Bond, more Captain Value.

New business jets under development have one thing in common: with a laser-like focus on value, almost to the model they have achieved a near-perfect balance of versatility, performance, comfort and costs.

Concern about costs per seat mile used to be the preserve of the airlines. No longer: it has helped define even the Mach 0.935 Cessna Citation X+.

October 2, 2014, 12:40 AM

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into service for one of business aviation’s most enigmatic aircraft, the star-crossed Beech Starship, which was intended as a replacement for the King Air. As the first aircraft with an all-composite fuselage, the twin-turboprop pusher with radical canard forward design underwent a lengthy development and certification process before finally entering service.

October 1, 2014, 12:27 PM

The FAA today adopted an airworthiness directive requiring the replacement of Honeywell phase 3 display units (DUs) on 1,326 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 and 777 airliners. The AD, which takes effect November 5, is based on concerns that the data such as airspeed, altitude, pitch and roll, attitude and heading could disappear from the displays due to interference from wireless devices.

October 1, 2014, 11:01 AM

Regulators have decided not to allow China’s domestic airlines and regional/low cost carriers from Japan and Korea to operate at the Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA) when it opens in late 2018 or early 2019.

October 1, 2014, 10:45 AM

The retirement rate for commercial aircraft is expected to reach 1,000 aircraft per year in the coming decade, ushering in a new reality for all industry players. Today more than 80 percent of surplus parts in the aftermarket come from part-outs (up from 55 percent a decade ago), and that number is likely to rise in the next 10 years, according to ICF International.

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