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2006 AIN Product Support Survey: Part One - Aircraft

Partly as the result of a 10-percent survey return rate (which experts consider statistically significant) and partly because we have improved our survey m
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Aircraft

Now one decade old, BBJ inspires new ideas

Hard to believe perhaps, but 10 years have passed since Boeing entered the executive aircraft market by unveiling a dedicated corporate 737 variant, the Bo
Boeing Business Jets

Executive Shakeup at Jet Aviation

Theo Staub, president and COO of Jet Aviation North America, and Colin Bond, CFO of the Jet Aviation group, “have decided to leave the company,” according

Bombardier predicts steady five-year market

Bombardier is forecasting continued growth for the business aviation industry over the next five years and is positioning itself, though somewhat cautiousl
Regulations and Government

NPRM to extend training rule for flying near ADIZ

Early last month the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would require VFR pilots to complete Internet-based training before being allow
ATC

Challenges ahead for modern ATC program

Two federal watchdog agencies told Congress that the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) needs a permanent director and long-range funding to ensu
Accidents

Montrose Crash Copilot Suing Bombardier

Eric Wicksell is suing Bombardier for negligence, claiming the Challenger 601 is defective because operating and training manuals didn’t disclose what he a
Safety

Keeping Runways Clear of Incursions

“Was That for Us…?” is a new DVD from the FAA providing guidance on reducing runway incursions.
Accidents

Report Shows False Data by MU-2 Pilot

The pilot of a Mitsubishi MU-2 that crashed shortly after takeoff from Portland-Hillsboro (Ore.) Airport in May last year had falsified his records, accord
Regulations and Government

FSS Web Site Online

More than eight months after Lockheed Martin took over the operation of the nation’s automated flight service stations (AFSS), it has a Web site (www.afss.
Charter & Fractional

Drug Testing Rule Guidance in the Works

FAA officials at a meeting last month told representatives from key industry organizations, including the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), t
Safety

More Airports Get Arresting Systems

The FAA has contracted for four additional airports to have engineered materials arresting systems (EMAS) installed on runways that don’t have enough space
Airports

Engine emissions draw ire from airport neighbors

An onerous legislative proposal to mandate emissions monitoring at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Southern California was rejected by the state senate.
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Aircraft

More Time To Comment on Limitations NPRM

The comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primar
Charter & Fractional

Fractionals Included in Reporting Program

The FAA is extending the voluntary disclosure reporting program (VDRP) to fractional ownership programs on a test basis for one year, to May 19 next year.
Airports

Aspen Closing for Three Months Next Year

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport will close from April 9 through June 7 next year for runway resurfacing with grooved asphalt.
Aircraft

ERA 2006: Régional adds muscle with Europe’s first Embraer E190s

In the little more than five years since its formation, Air France domestic partner Régional has evolved from three distinct, ailing French domestic carrie
Safety

FSF Launches New Safety Publication

The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) of Alexandria, Va., has published the inaugural issue of Aviation Safety World, a monthly journal that replaces the seve
Charter & Fractional

CharterX Acquires Wyvern Auditors

CharterX, a large online charter facilitator, has acquired air charter audit firm Wyvern Consulting of Palmyra, N.J.
Maintenance and Modifications

Need Hawker Parts, Click Here

Arnoni Aviation Services of Houston and several other suppliers of products and services for Hawkers have formed the Hawker 125 Vendor Committee (www.hawke

ERA 2006: Airlinair taking full advantage of its turboprop's cost benefits

Airlinair is one of those rare regional airlines that have thrived while maintaining a true regional identity, serving mainly French domestic routes and op
Safety

To Err Is Human, But Can Be Dangerous

International authorities have noted repetitive oceanic errors recently, including “gross” navigation errors (25 nm or more), large altitude deviations (30

ERA 2006: Fuel crunch helps Lufthansa choose capacity over frequency

Lufthansa CityLine has begun operating the first of 12 new 84-seat Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets that by year-end will replace its ten 50-seat CRJ200s.
Aircraft

Phenoms Selling Phenomenally Well

“As of June 30, our executive jet firm order backlog stands at $1.25 billion,” Embraer chairman, president and CEO Maurício Botelho said last month.
Airlines

ERA 2006: Mesaba’s loss is CityJet’s gain as Avros find way across Atlantic

Irish regional airline CityJet in a little more than a month expects to place into service the first of 23 Avro RJ85s acquired in a $221 million deal to re

ERA 2006: Regional line at last a solid contributor to Swiss profits

Larger aircraft and lower costs have produced a winning formula for Swiss International Airlines’ regional operations–despite high fuel prices not entirely

ERA 2006: Surging Baltic carriers manage big growth in small markets

Free trade, reorientation toward the West and tourism have all contributed to the fast development of air traffic in the Baltics.

ERA 2006: Three-time Airline of the Year not content to rest on its laurels

A revolution in Binter Canarias’s approach to business and the Spanish carrier’s distinguished on-time performance record led to its selection, for the thi
Aircraft

In the Works: Sukhoi

Superjet 100–Plans for the airplane known until July as the Russian Regional Jet appeared to have crystallized early this year, when Sukhoi publishe
Aircraft

In the Works: Bombardier

C Series/900X/Q400X–Officially still alive as a program but downgraded in status from an imminent launch candidate to a loosely defined study, the p