Associated Air Center has ordered a CTT Systems Zonal Comfort System for a Boeing 767, for which the Dallas-based facility is installing a VIP interior. Associated is the first U.S. completion center to install the system. According to CTT, a Swedish manufacturer based in Nykoping, the system addresses problems associated with dry air by raising humidity levels in the cabin to 25 percent.
Shipments of new turbine business aircraft manufactured throughout the world have taken a nose dive since last year. This year’s deliveries totaled 601 units in the first nine months, down 196 (25 percent), from the same period last year, according to figures compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and AIN.
Regional-aircraft manufacturers face the prospect of increased financial risk in coming years, despite having been able to reduce sales costs since the mid-1990s, according to Moody’s Investor Service. As the economic recession continues, the New York-based credit research agency said such companies might not escape global requirements for more financial assistance to operators.
Boeing signaled its new resolve to target regional airline applications for its 100-seat 717-200 by putting an aircraft on static display at Salzburg Airport during the ERA assembly. This followed the U.S. airframer’s debut appearance at the annual ERA gathering in Athens, Greece, last year.
The Transportation Security Administration’s compliance deadline is December 1 on new security requirements for on-demand air-taxi operators of aircraft with an mtow of 12,500 lb or more. The TSA’s final Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) was scheduled to be issued on October 31.
One OEM called it “an adjustment.” Another referred to it as a “reduction in force.” Yet another described an “involuntary separation plan.” But by those or any other names, the meaning is the same– “layoffs.” In the past 18 months, business aircraft manufacturers have announced layoffs of more than 9,000 workers and, barring a reversal of the current economic trend, there will be more.
Traditionally, Boeing and Airbus have used the Paris and Farnborough airshows to announce multimillion-dollar sales contracts, in the hope of one-upping the opposition. But at Farnborough this year–the first big post-September 11 air show–neither company had major announcements to make.
Jeppesen and Honeywell have announced an alliance whereby Jeppesen’s integrated navigation data service will be offered to buyers of Honeywell INAV (interactive navigation) avionics, under development for Gulfstream’s PlaneView and Dassault’s EASy cockpits.
Early next year Boeing will offer a kit for BBJs and BBJ2s that will provide a 6,500-ft cabin at FL 410 instead of the standard 8,000-ft cabin. The kit, which can be installed on green and in-service BBJs, is expected to cost less than $100,000. Components include new cabin-pressure-controller boxes with revised software, a new cabin-altitude indicator and two pressure-relief valves.
The Transportation Security Administration delayed the compliance deadline on its separate and controversial rules regarding stringent new security requirements for on-demand air-taxi operators of aircraft with an mtow of 12,500 lb or more. The comment period on the TSA’s proposed Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) was reopened for comments through September 30 and the TSA intends to issue a final rule on October 31.