The FAA last month released Airworthiness Directive 2007-10-15, which requires that operators of all 765 U.S.-registered Cessna Caravans install low-airspeed awareness systems at a cost of about $8,200 per airplane. The AD also requires that Cessna-issued AFM Supplement S1–which addresses operations in icing conditions–be incorporated into the Caravan AFM.
Aircraft Bluebook, the long-running aircraft price digest, has launched into the 21st century and is available online. Yearly subscriptions are available to complement the
CD-ROM and print versions. The book, which has been published for more than 50 years, allows users to determine the current market value of business aircraft based
According to a recent DOT report on significant rulemakings, the FAA is not expected to complete its work on a November 2003 proposal that would require all air-tour operators to be certified under Part 135 or 121. The original deadline for certification was to have been next January.
The first Middle East Business Aviation Conference is to be held in Dubai on November 19, on the eve of the Dubai airshow (November 20 to 24). The event is being run by Dubai show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions, hosted by Abu Dhabi-based charter operator Royal Jet and will have as its conference chairman Jack Olcott, president of General Aero and former president of NBAA.
A recent memo from NBAA’s lawyers reaffirmed the association guidance that a Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) subscription is not required to view videos legally during Part 91 flights. MPLC, a copyright-licensing service representing various movie producers, has continued contacting corporate aircraft operators to sell them “a public performance exhibition license,” according to NBAA.
Interested parties have until April 19 to comment on the FAA’s proposal to require all air-tour operators to be certified under Part 135 or 121 regulations. Since the proposal was published last October, the FAA has received nearly 1,900 comments, most of them negative.
More than 1,000 Falcon operators are expected to attend Dassault’s 25th maintenance and operations seminar June 13 to 15 in Boca Raton, Fla. To expedite registration for the event and make hotel reservations, Falcon operators can go to www.cvent.com, click the “RSVP for event” tab and enter the event code contained in invitation packages previously mailed to all known Falcon operators.
The FAA will transition to e-mail distribution of ADs and special airworthiness information bulletins (SAIBs) and eliminate mailed paper versions. Starting next month, interested parties will be able to sign up on the FAA’s RGL Web site (http://rgl.faa.gov/) to receive ADs and SAIBs via e-mail. The agency plans to phase out paper copies by July.
Nearly $1 million spent on advertising began to materialize on April 26 with the launch of new TV commercials offering free introductory flight certificates from the Be A Pilot program and a $49 first lesson at more than 2,000 flight schools in the U.S. and Canada.
After selling 101 regional and corporate jets last year (44 short of its initial projection and later revised downward), Embraer forecasts an upturn in sales over the next two years. The Brazilian airframer predicts it will sell 160 aircraft this year and 170 next year. These projections could suffer if Embraer receives cancellations or postponements by customers for the Embraer 170.