More than half of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives now belong to the House General Aviation Caucus, according to group co-chairs Sam Graves (R.Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.). On Friday, the caucus passed the 218-member mark and kept going, totaling 223 at press time. “This achievement is due to the tremendous leadership and hard work of Congressmen Graves and Barrow and their staffs,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.
U.S. Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) thinks Taiwan should be allowed to join the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), making that Asian country eligible for more of the organization’s safety oversight support. The People’s Republic of China is an established ICAO member state and the latest proposal is controversial because it does not recognize Taiwan as an independent state.
The Netherlands confirmed its previous choice of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II to replace the air force’s F-16s. But in a statement, the Dutch government noted that “based on current insights, the available financial room is sufficient for 37 aircraft.” A total of 85 had originally been planned.
Staunch general aviation advocate and House GA Caucus co-chair Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will be a keynote speaker at the October 22 opening general session of the 2013 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas. The House GA Caucus surpassed 200 members earlier this year, demonstrating the breadth of industry support among lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Other leaders from government and the private sector will join Graves at the opening session, including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and former U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow.
StandardAero has appointed Marc McGowan senior vice president of its business aviation sector. He succeeds Scott Taylor, who is retiring from the company. McGowan joined StandardAero in June 2011 and previously served as vice president of business development and strategy for business aviation. Before joining the company, he served in senior leadership positions for Honeywell Aerospace. In addition to his civilian career, McGowan served 28 years in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned naval flight officer and naval reserve officer.
Russia’s Tactical Missile Corporation is negotiating with Dassault Aviation for the possible use of its missiles on the Rafale combat jets that have been selected by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The corporation, whose Russian acronym is TRV, told journalists attending last week’s Maks air show in Moscow that the Indian air force has large stocks of Russian air-launched weapons, which drives its interest in adapting them to the French warplane.
The Russian government has finalized a follow-on order for four Tupolev Tu-204-300s with VIP interiors. The Kremlin’s Special Air Detachment, the government flight department that transports Russia’s senior political leaders and high-ranking officials, already operates two of the type.
Growth in global airline traffic–both passenger and cargo–continued a positive trend during the month of July, as revenue passenger kilometers increased 5 percent and freight ton kilometers rose 1.2 percent over the same month in 2012, according to a pair of reports issued last week by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Indonesia signed a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) with the U.S. government to buy eight new Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters during U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent trip to Southeast Asia. The Pentagon valued the transaction at $500 million; it represents the first sale of Apaches to Indonesia.
The U.S. Navy’s estimated $7 billion Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) development does not duplicate any existing airborne electronic attack capability. But the potential exists for some “overlap” with electronic attack systems being developed by other U.S. military services, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) advises.