Following a review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the Aerospace Industry, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said it agrees with the GAO that challenges remain in addressing the recommendations.
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Three of the major players in the very light jet (VLJ) arena appeared before the Senate aviation subcommittee to address concerns that the new breed of aircraft will present insuperable challenges for the ATC system. Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton; Eclipse Aviation president Vern Raburn; and DayJet founder Ed Iacobucci took their case to Capitol Hill. Joining them were two top FAA officials and an aviation consultant.
The FAA rejected an apparent request to close Bakersfield Municipal Airport (L45) sent by the mayor of Bakersfield, Calif., on January 5. The mayor’s letter asked the FAA to waive all deed and grant assurance obligations and indicated that the city wished to sell the land to developers to use for non-aeronautical purposes.
The FAA awarded Bombardier (Booth No. 3097) its 2005 Diamond Certificate of Excellence at a ceremony here at the convention on Sunday, signifying the commitment of the company and its technicians to ongoing training and education.
With more than 570,000 sq ft under roof, Little Rock, Ark.-based Central Flying Service is arguably the world’s largest full-service FBO. “The key is ‘full service,’” said Richard Holbert, president and CEO of the Adams Field operation.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has announced that it is prepared to work closely with the FAA in the agency’s effort to mandate human-factors training programs in aviation.
The FAA is about to change helicopter certification rules to align them with the current performance levels of the aircraft they regulate. The rules, in effect, are catching up with the improved capabilities of modern rotorcraft.
The agency issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) last August, and the comment period was to end on October 23.
Following its safety evaluation of the Mitsubishi MU-2 last year, the FAA has issued a proposed Special FAR that will force all current and future MU-2 pilots to obtain formal training to fly the high-performance turboprop twin.
When New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, 34, and his flight instructor, Tyler Stranger, 26, crashed their Cirrus SR20 into an east side Manhattan high-rise on October 11, the resultant outcry predictably called for more restrictions against general aviation.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Transportation Department Inspector General are questioning whether the FAA’s safety inspectors and air traffic controllers will be able to cope with the introduction of very light jets (VLJ) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).