The FAA published new regulations for manufacturers of aircraft and aviation products that will update and standardize FAA requirements to better align them with the current global manufacturing environment. They will become effective April 14 next year. The intent of these changes is to ensure that aircraft and products and articles designed specifically for use in aircraft meet appropriate minimum standards for design and construction.
Richard Whitcomb, 88, the long-time NASA engineer des-cribed as the most significant aerodynamics contributor of the second half of the 20th century, died on October 13 in Newport News, Va. He was the recipient of the prestigious Collier Trophy for his discovery of the area rule fuselage, which gave fighter jets supersonic speed and greater range, and his supercritical wing and winglets are found on many of today’s aircraft designs.
The FAA has published new regulations for manufacturers of aircraft and aviation products that will update and standardize FAA requirements to better align them with the current global manufacturing environment. They will become effective April 14, 2010.
West Star Aviation (Booth No. 2259) has announced its selection as an Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) Blended Winglet installation center for the Falcon 2000. According to API, its winglets increase range, save fuel and cut CO2 emissions. West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction, Colo. facility is already an installation center for API Blended Winglets for the Hawker 800 series and has completed 30 installations.
High-Speed AirCraft (Hisac), a European research program studying the feasibility of a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), is coming to a close at the end of this year. The research has shown better understanding of the performance such a vehicle could achieve, but it came to no conclusion about the types of engines that would be needed.
If paper was aluminum, glass and titanium instead of just paper, two Nevada-based groups developing supersonic business jet designs would have revolutionary aircraft ready to fly. To date, though, the specifications publicized by Aerion in Reno (Booth No.
Technicians at StandardAero’s Springfield, Ill. facility accomplished their first aftermarket Aviation Partners winglet installation on a Falcon 2000. This represents the first of what should be many Falcon 2000 winglet mods, according to Scott Taylor, StandardAero senior v-p of business aviation. “Completing the first Falcon 2000 with aftermarket Aviation Partners winglets is an exciting first for StandardAero,” he added.
The FAA has awarded Rapco Fleet Support multiple parts manufacturer approvals (PMAs) for its replacement torque tubes used on Hawker 600s through 850s, Citation S550s and 560s, and Fairchild Metroliners. With the approval, operators may now use the new FAA-approved Rapco parts in place of the original equipment without restriction.
High-speed aircraft (Hisac), a European research project to study the feasibility of a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), is coming to a close at the end of this year, having shown better understanding of the achievable performance but without an answer to the big question mark on engines. Dassault has led the program, which counts Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica and Russia’s Sukhoi among its other major stakeholders.
Cessna Aircraft in late August delivered the first Citation X retrofitted with elliptical winglets made by Wichita-based Winglet Technology. The winglets were installed at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center under Winglet Technology’s FAA STC.