An appeals court in Brazil found American journalist Joe Sharkey guilty yesterday of defamation for his reporting and commentary following the 2006 accident in which 154 died when a Brazilian airliner and a Legacy 600 business jet collided at 37,000 feet over the central Amazon. Sharkey, on assignment at the time for Business Jet Traveler (an AIN Publications magazine for users of business aviation) was one of seven on the Legacy 600 who survived the collision when the damaged business jet managed an emergency landing at a remote military airstrip in the jungle.
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Supersonic business jet developer Aerion Corp. (Booth No. N5707) says it has gained traction among aircraft manufacturers with its new aerodynamics consultancy–Aerion Technologies–since the subsidiary was launched in May at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE).
The House Homeland Security Committee was expected to take action last month on the “Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011,” which will establish an industry committee within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to advise the assistant secretary of Homeland Security on aviation security matters.
If anyone doubts Honda Motor Company’s commitment to the general aviation industry, a visit to Honda Aircraft’s new 623,000-sq-ft factory at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., underscores the significant investment the company has made.
The first production-conforming HondaJet achieved the design’s planned maximum speed during flight testing, Honda Aircraft said last month. The light twinjet reached 425 ktas at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach of 0.72 above 30,000 feet during a March 11 flight from the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters.
Republican congressman John Mica (Fla.) continued his quixotic war with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week when he slammed the agency for failing to show at a hearing last Thursday on universal pilot’s licenses. “I can assure you, we’ll have the TSA testify at some point in the future, maybe in a joint hearing with Homeland Security,” Mica said.
A Brazilian judge last week heard testimony, via video link, from the two American pilots of the Legacy 600 that was involved in a midair with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon jungle in September 2006. The airliner crashed into the Amazon, killing all 154 aboard, while the Legacy pilots managed to land their damaged twinjet.
Honda Aircraft announced this week that its first production-conforming HondaJet achieved the model’s planned maximum speed during flight testing. The light twinjet reached 425 ktas at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach of 0.72 above 30,000 feet during a March 11 flight from the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters.
Structural assembly work done by Canada-based Avcorp will be transitioned back to Cessna facilities and other suppliers, according to a Cessna spokesman. Avcorp manufactures Citation CJ3 vertical stabilizer, rudder and center wing box assemblies, Sovereign empennage and wing spars and CJ4 components. Avcorp also builds the horizontal stabilizer and fuel tanks for Bombardier’s Challenger 605 and was tapped to build HondaJet wings.