U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the government is open to ideas on privatizing the nation’s ATC system, as long as aviation industry “stakeholders” agree on making that transformation. Foxx remarked on privatization after delivering the keynote speech at an Aero Club of Washington luncheon on February 25, his first major address to an aviation audience.
The third annual Abu Dhabi Air Expo, which opened today at Al Bateen Executive Airport, has become a prominent fixture of the Arabian Gulf general aviation sector, with about 13,000 visitors and 170 exhibiting companies at this year’s event. Air Expo is sponsored by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Abu Dhabi Aviation and the UAE Ministry of Transport.
Dassault Aviation delivered nine Falcons in the Middle East last year, pushing the regional Falcon fleet to 69 jets. “We are on a trend to increase our fleet by 10 percent. That is what we managed to do last year,” said Renauld Cloatre, Dassault’s Dubai-based Falcon sales director, speaking today at the Air Expo show in Abu Dhabi. “This year, we are into very strong negotiations on many different projects. It’s very good. We are very happy.”
Hartzell received FAA STC approval for its swept composite five-blade propeller for the Daher Socata TBM 700/850. Hartzell already has taken orders for the propellers and deliveries to TBM owners are expected to begin “shortly.” With the new propeller, the TBM’s takeoff acceleration from zero to 90 knots is 10 percent faster, climb rate is improved by several hundred feet-per-minute and cruise is increased by two knots. The five-bladed prop is also quieter, Hartzell said.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to adhere to its family-assistance plan following the July 6 crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport. The fine marks the first such penalty ever issued by the DOT under the Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act of 1997.
At Heli-Expo 2014 Kaman Aerospace Group (Booth No. 4922) announced that it is expanding its reach. The OEM supplier of helicopters, rotor blades and rotary-wing UAVs and other aerospace components has opened new offices at Clemson University’s graduate campus in Charleston, S.C. The plan is to recruit talent and put a team of Kaman engineers at the nearby Boeing facility in North Charleston. The team is part of the company’s participation in the stress analysis work on Boeing 787 Dreamliner production.
Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), the largest operator at Al Bateen Executive Airport, has signed a strategic agreement with Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) to build a VVIP completions and MRO facility at Dubai World Central, paving the way for base operations at the new airport when the facilities are ready.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has two aircraft on display at Abu Dhabi Air Expo, both flying the colors of owners from the Gulf region. One is a Challenger 605, managed by Sharjah’s Gulf Wings and being shown on behalf of an unidentified Kuwaiti owner.
Middle Eastern charter and scheduled service operator Rotana Jet plans to more than double its fleet by 2016. Speaking today at the Air Expo show at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport, where Rotana Jet is based, the company said that over the next two years it will add at least seven more aircraft to the five it currently operates.
As Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Silver Airways became the third U.S. regional airline this month to announce significant service cuts due to what it called a nationwide pilot shortage, the Regional Airline Association amplified its message of opposition to a new rule requiring 1,500 hours of flying experience for new-hire first officers.