The job of an FAA inspector must be incredibly boring. I imagine them sitting at their desks all day facing down gigantic piles of paper: letters of authorization, certification compliance packages, applications for operating certificates, enforcement actions, ad infinitum. And when the poor beleaguered inspector gets one pile stamped, signed and delivered, an FAA factotum appears with a new stack and thumps it onto whatever clear space remains in the office. Every day, looking up blearily from the stacks, our overworked inspector looks fondly out the window and wonders whether she can take a few minutes away from the office to visit the airport and see if her charges are playing nice or need some friendly nudging.
Even though the FAA is providing funding for several airlines to purchase ADS-B equipment, the agency likely will not be able to mandate ADS-B in technology by 2020, as it is required to do by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Transportation Department inspector general Calvin Scovel III told Congress yesterday.
A slew of business aircraft will be on static display next week at the biennial Singapore Airshow, which will be held at its usual venue adjacent to Changi International Airport. The list includes the Beechcraft King Air 250 and 350i; Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605; Cessna Caravan and Citation Sovereign+; Dassault Falcon 7X; Gulfstream G280 and G650; Piaggio Avanti II; Pilatus PC-12; and Socata TBM850.
The EASA has certified the Airbus Helicopters EC175 medium twin, issuing the type certificate last Thursday. On January 28, the airframer announced it had completed the certification process and was expecting the certificate within days, which the EASA qualified by indicating the document would be delivered in the first quarter. An EASA spokesman confirmed yesterday that the final paperwork was completed more quickly than anticipated.
Benoit Defforge has been promoted to managing director of Airbus Corporate Jets, the company announced yesterday. In his new role, he leads Airbus’s corporate jet business globally. He retains his previous role as head of Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC). Defforge joined Airbus in 2003 to improve the efficiency of the A330/A340 final assembly line and then led the development of the A380’s electrical systems before being tapped to head ACJC in May 2007.
Bell Helicopter announced last month that it has reached a deal with Air Medical Group Holdings, the parent of helicopter EMS company Air Evac EMS, for 20 new Bell 206L-4 singles to be delivered between this year and 2017. The helicopters will be used to refresh and expand the fleet, according to Air Evac president Seth Myers. Air Evac’s Lifeteam currently operates more than 130 Bell 206 LongRangers and is the second-largest helicopter EMS provider in the U.S., behind Air Methods, with 115 bases in 15 states.
Lufthansa Technik subsidiary Bizjet International is expanding its FBO services at Tulsa International Airport with the refurbishment of one of its hangars into a new terminal. Expected to open this month, the relocated FBO in Hangar 29 on the north side of the airport will have more than 33,000 sq ft of heated aircraft storage space along with a 2,500-sq-ft terminal that will include a passenger lounge, onsite car rental, pilot lounge, kitchen, a large A/V-equipped conference room, snooze rooms, showers and crew courtesy cars.
In response to what it called urgent community and state members’ appeals, Southeast Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) announced in late December that it had begun preparations to place several of the routes once flown by the now defunct Brindabella Airlines onto its air operator certificate (AOC). Rex general manager of network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said that routes not already on Rex’s AOC required approval from the country’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) before Rex could mount regular public transport air services to them.
Billed as the most advanced aircraft yet built by the UK aerospace industry, the BAE Systems Taranis UCAS demonstrator has also been one of the most elusive. Security surrounding the stealthy, unmanned combat air vehicle technology demonstrator has been extremely tight, with access strictly controlled. However, the UK government finally cleared BAE to release some details of the project this week, following the announcement on January 31 by the UK and France that cooperation on the next stage of a Future Combat Air System (FCAS) has been agreed.
Gulfstream Aerospace has enhanced its support for operators attending major U.S.-based events with the addition of its biggest and most capable Field and Airborne Support Teams (Fast) vehicle to date. The specially equipped 74-foot tractor trailer can support line-service repairs, engine exchanges, post-flight and storage inspections, unscheduled inspections and cabin interior repairs.