Now that reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) operations have been running smoothly in the U.S. since Jan. 5, 2005, business jet operators are angry about the FAA’s rigid stance on the approval process and FAA inspectors’ inability to process approvals quickly.
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EuroAirport, which serves the cities of Basel, Switzerland; Mulhouse, France; and Freiburg, Germany; is home to a considerable maintenance and completion industry, with companies such as Jet Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and Amac specializing in large aircraft. Last month Air Service Basel officially opened a new facility at the airport to serve owners of small and midsize executive jets.
The aircraft that carried former President Bill Clinton to North Korea last month on an errand of mercy seeking the release of two imprisoned U.S. journalists wasn’t a government jet. The secretive mission–which the White House describes as a private diplomatic initiative–instead traveled to Pyongyang in a BBJ, the use of which was donated by owner Stephen Bing, head of Shangri-La Entertainment and a personal friend of the ex-President.
The greatest strength of the International Operators Conference (IOC) since its inception has been that it combines a review of the basics of international operations–avoiding gross navigational errors (GNEs), Customs and Immigration notification issues and ATC rules–with a relentless push to update flight department managers and crews about ever-evolving topics such as the moving target of new RNP technologies used to navigate oceanic airspac
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aviation today received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The approval is for private flights only, the EASA clarified, and Eclipse expects to receive the EU-OPS 1 certification for commercial operations next year. According to the EASA, the certificate is valid for VFR and IFR operations, including RVSM and flight into known icing.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has announced that, as of September 25, RVSM is now in effect in the airspace above the Africa-Indian Ocean (AFI) Region.
Innovative Solutions & Support has successfully flown autopilot-coupled lateral precision with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches in the company Pilatus PC-12 and it expects FAA certification in about 60 to 90 days.
JetTech, a Colorado specialist in designing and obtaining STCs for RVSM and panel modernization, is at Booth No. 4960 to publicize its glass-cockpit STC for pre-serial number 275 Cessna Citation 500s as well as RVSM retrofit certifications for the Piper Cheyenne 400LS and Cheyenne IIIA.
Business aircraft maintenance, modification and completions firm Stevens Aviation today delivered the first Lear4Ever–an upgraded Learjet 35–to Dr. Steve Bass in a ceremony at its Greenville, S.C. headquarters. For $2 million and six months of downtime, the Lear4Ever program provides “a series of upgrades, retrofits and modifications” intended to modernize and extend the useful life of 20- and 30-series Learjets.
Honeywell and West Star Aviation have received supplemental type certification of an RVSM equipment package for the Learjet 35 and 36. The installations, performed at West Star, Grand Junction, Colo., consist of Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air-data computer, AM-250 and BA-250 barometric altimeters and an AL-800 altitude alerter control. Installed price and downtime are $165,000 and about three weeks, respectively.