All jet and transport-category airplanes for which application of a new type design is submitted on or after January 1 next year will have to meet Stage 4 noise certification levels. Stage 4 is a cumulative 10 EPNdB (effective perceived noise level in decibels) less than the current Stage 3 limits. All business jets currently manufactured meet Stage 3, and nearly all would qualify to be recertified to meet Stage 4.
Maximum Takeoff Weight
On March 31 exemptions to ACAS II (TCAS II, Change 7) requirements in Europe were set to expire. The rule, which had been delayed by more than a year to give operators time to equip, covers all civil turbine-powered airplanes with mtow greater than 12,566 pounds or configured for more than 19 passengers.
In proposed special certification conditions for the Citation Mustang published last month in the Federal Register, the FAA revealed some weights for the VLJ that Cessna has not disclosed. The notice listed the mtow as 8,395 pounds; max landing weight, 7,850 pounds; zero fuel weight, 6,500 pounds.
Last month Dassault said its engineers have validated several improvements to the Falcon 7X– such as increased mtow, engine thrust, fuel capacity and winglets– that increase range to 5,950 nm from 5,700 nm. These improvements have nudged the type certification schedule into early next year.
The Piaggio Avanti has received an FAA-approved handbook change for a 550-pound mtow increase. The new 12,100-pound mtow permits the twin turboprop to fly two crewmembers and as many as five passengers up to 1,440 nm, according to Avanti fractional operator Avantair. The new Avanti II incorporates the higher weight.
July 17 is the deadline to submit comments on an FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to require OEMs of aircraft with mtow of more than 75,000 pounds to develop operational limitations for all future designs. Business jet designs made after the effective date of the rule would be included, but older and currently built jets weighing more than 75,000 pounds and not used under Part 121 would be excluded from the rule.
Comp Air of Merritt Island, Fla., last month unveiled plans to certify its 10-seat, all-composite Comp Air 12 turboprop single. The Honeywell TPE331-14GR-powered airplane is expected to enter flight testing in the fourth quarter, with certification slated for 2009.
The comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primarily in large commercial transport aircraft (those with an mtow of more than 75,000 pounds) has been pushed from July 17 to September 18. The NPRM is one of several rulemaking actions that are part of the FAA’s aging-aircraft program.
September 18 is the comment deadline on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primarily in large commercial transport aircraft (those with mtow of more than 75,000 pounds). The NPRM is one of several rulemaking actions that are part of the FAA’s aging-aircraft program.
Effective September 1, Nav Canada, the nation’s ATC services provider, is withdrawing its average 2-percent service charge implemented on Aug. 1, 2003. Meanwhile, a new daily charge of $10 per day for aircraft with 6,600 pounds mtow or less when operating at seven specific airports goes into effect March 1, 2008.