The long-running dispute over President Obama’s signature health-care initiative led to the first federal government closure of “non-essential” services in 17 years at 12:01 a.m. EDT today. For the FAA, however, it is business almost as usual. Of a total of 46,070 FAA positions, 30,556 are considered exempted and those employees reported for work as usual.
In ceremonies at the Seville factory and at Orleans airbase on September 30, Airbus Military and the French Air Force celebrated the entry into service of the A400M airlifter. No new aircraft were handed over, but delivery of the second aircraft for France and the first for Turkey will occur by the end of October.
Members of Congress drifted back to Capitol Hill last month after spending most of August and the first week in September on their annual summer vacations. Talk immediately turned to the situation in Syria and the specter of another round of sequestration.
One of the major orders of business they faced–with the September 30 end of the 2013 fiscal year looming–was how to fund the government for FY2014. One of the first tasks was approval of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government operating beyond October 1.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Brent Monroe vice president of North American sales for the western division. In his new role, he leads a sales team whose territory includes the Western U.S. states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Monroe, who is based in Dallas, has more than 20 years of experience in both military and business aviation, particularly in the Midwest region.
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.