Bell/Agusta has delivered a second AB139 to the government of Namibia. The aircraft will fly on utility, emergency medical service and transportation missions as part of the country’s Government Air Transportation Services. Additional deliveries are expected by year-end. The company currently has orders for about 80 aircraft.
Adam Aircraft of Englewood, Colo., told AIN that certification of the $2.1 million A700 business jet has moved to the right, from December this year to “early next year.” The company attributes the slippage to a delay in certification of the A500 centerline-thrust piston twin, from which the A700 twinjet is derived.
A certification program to attest to the skills and knowledge of flight department personnel won approval from the NBAA board of directors, and the association hopes to administer the first certification exam in October 2003. The next step is to find a contractor to do a job analysis and create the program, which will be an adjunct to the association’s larger Professional Development Program (PDP).
Rifton Aviation Services, an FBO at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., has received FAR Part 135 authority to conduct U.S. and international air-taxi operations. Rifton’s own Falcon 2000 is the first aircraft to receive certification under Rifton’s Part 135 certificate. Soon to follow will be Rifton’s Gulfstream IV and Citation Excel. Rifton officials credit the Teterboro, N.J.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has announced a new format for its annual meeting and aviation maintenance conference. In addition to hosting its traditional chili cook-off, PAMA aviation maintenance olympics and awards banquet, the association will include an enhanced technical program in its meeting.
CAE’s Burgess Hill UK flight training center–located near London Gatwick airport–has received FAA certification for Part 142 training. The approval allows the center to conduct FAA-approved training, testing and certification for type ratings on the Falcon 7X, 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy. Training programs for the aircraft are certified by the FAA and the European JAA.
John Batty, the newly appointed chief executive of the UK’s Business Aircraft Users Association (BAUA), has set himself a couple of important goals: a successful membership drive to boost the organization’s resources; and a closer and more effective working relationship with both the European Business Aviation Association and Britain’s General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association.
FlightSafety International has received the first certification for its Falcon 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy maintenance technician training in a recently introduced Dassault quality-assurance program. FlightSafety instructors at Little Rock, Ark., Paris Le Bourget and Teterboro, N.J. Learning Centers received their certification from Dassault’s Dean Anderson, the company’s director of service network and maintenance training.
Thomas McSweeny, who has been FAA associate administrator for regulation and certification since October 1998, is leaving the agency this month to join Boeing as its director of international safety and regulatory affairs. He will be prohibited from any contact with the agency for one year.
As Raytheon Aircraft works to pull itself out of its financial hole, development of the Hawker Horizon continues with “absolutely no showstoppers,” according to Jim Schuster, chairman and CEO.