Paris Air Show commissioner Louis Le Portz wants nothing but the best for this week’s Farnborough International show, while predicting that next year’s Paris show will be as successful as its 2009 edition in terms of the number of exhibitors and country delegations expected. “Le Bourget and Farnborough are crucial for our profession; the industry needs us both,” he said.
To mark Canada’s hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Bombardier’s Flexjet subsidiary is offering a special edition of its Flexjet 25 jet card. The Olympic Gold Edition card will include the opportunity for customers to experience some of the most sought-after events of the Vancouver games.
Los Angeles-based private aircraft charter services company Air Royale International is offering a best-price guarantee on its air charter flights. Air Royale, a Wyvern-authorized charter broker, said it will pay $500 to customers if it can’t beat a lower-priced competing quote. While it vows to offer the lowest charter quote, the firm also promises “stringent air safety” by using only Wyvern-qualified crews and aircraft.
Having carved out a reputation in the military field for high-performance actuators, auxiliary power units and other power/motion systems, Bental Industries is to take its expertise into the commercial field. This move was sparked by the takeover of Bental by environmental control system specialist TAT Technologies.
The annual Red Bull Flugtag held in Portland, Ore., was witness to the Premier Jet line service staff’s attempt to fly their own bi-winged glider. The Premier Jet “Ramp Rats,” who work at Premier’s Carlsbad, Calif. FBO, enlisted the help of company pilots and mechanics to build the airplane. The wing was made of Styrofoam and fiberglass, “reinforced with dowels, string and pallet wrap,” according to the Rats.
The FAA has extended the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months (five years) and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40. According to AOPA, current and expired medical certificates are grandfathered under this rule. The second-class medical duration remains at 12 calendar months, regardless of pilot age.
The FAA issued a final rule that specifies the extended duration of first- and third-class medicals for pilots under age 40. Effective July 24, the agency extended the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40. According to AOPA, current and expired medical certificates are grandfathered under this rule.
According to Unison Industries, its new dual direct spark ignition system (DDSI) successfully lit the Pratt & Whitney RL 10A-4-2 engine on the Lockheed Martin Atlas V Expendable Launch Vehicle’s Centaur upper stage. Launching from Cape Canaveral on August 21, the Centaur’s first RL 10A-4-2 main engine started after the separation of the first stage after just four-and-a-half minutes.
Air Security International has added a “Women’s Issues” section to its subscription-based, password-protected World Watch On-Line (www.airsecurity.com). The new section contains general and country-specific travel tips for female travelers, such as dress codes, behavior expectations and special restrictions.
More than 10,000 young people received their introductory airplane rides in the first three months of this year, the strongest three months in the history of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program. Launched in 1992, the program’s goal is to provide airplane rides for one million young people (aged eight to 17 years) before the 100th anniversary of powered flight on Dec. 17, 2003.