Remember that commercial flight you were on recently? The one
that was delayed for hours for maintenance and then had to hold for
weather? Remember sitting in the middle seat with a Sumo wrestler
on either side of you -- AND that they'd had garlic for lunch?
Perhaps you're thinking that was the longest flight ever
Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton put the call out
Wednesday for Citation business jet owners to help with a
worthwhile cause -- flying athletes to and from the upcoming 2006
Special Olympics USA National Games in Ames, IA. And he has some
pretty impressive friends to help him out.
Roger Woolsey, chief executive officer of Million Air Interlink
has announced that Pentastar Aviation has become the newest
member of the Million Air family. The addition increases Million
Air's network of fixed-base operation (FBO) facilities to 33
The Aerion supersonic business jet will have a state-of-the-art
fly-by-wire control system, reducing aircraft weight, improving
performance, enhancing safety, increasing reliability and
augmenting stability across a transonic speed range.
Air Canada has (finally) signed a contract with Boeing to
upgrade the airline's fleet with up to 36 Boeing 777s and 60 Boeing
787 Dreamliners. The conclusion of the order comes six months after
the airline announced a widebody fleet renewal plan, subject to a
number of conditions.
Precision Approach Capability Without Ground Installations
The Federal Aviation Agency has been preaching the gospel of
GPS-based navigation for years, and the Holy Grail of satellite
navigation has been a precision approach capability without an
extensive investment in airport-specific on-ground equipment.
Wednesday at the NBAA 2005 Convention in Orlando, Iridium
Satellite reported that it continues to experience rapid growth in
the aeronautical satellite communications sector. According to the
global mobile satellite communications carrier, aviation business
for Iridium more than doubled in 2005.
AD NUMBER: 2005-23-11
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-23-11
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems (formerly Sundstrand
Power Systems) auxiliary power units (APUs) models T-62T-46C2,
T-2T-46C2A, T-62T-46C3, T-62T-46C7, and T-62T-46C7A, with
compressor impeller assembly, part number (P/N) 4502020 or
AD NUMBER: 2005-23-09
MANUFACTURER: General Electric
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-23-09
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new
airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE)
CF6-80E1A1, -80E1A2, -80E1A3, -80E1A4, and -80E1A4/B turbofan
If nothing's broke, the saying goes, don't fix it. But if a
better way comes along, well, that's a different colloquialism.
Fifteen years after the introduction of Learjet's flagship, the 60,
Bombardier updated its mid-size jet into a model that raises the
bar yet again on performance while lowering further the costs of
The Fairchild Merlin was a workhorse of a turboprop in its day,
fulfilling roles from executive aircraft to light cargo transport.
The Fairchild Metro regional airliner once dominated the market for
19-passenger short-haul airliners.
CAE is making strides in the development of its training program
for Dassault’s Falcon 7X business aircraft, having achieved
key milestones in the manufacturing of the simulators, the
development of the training program, the appointment of key staff
members, and the construction of a new business aviation training
center in Morristown, New Jersey.
"The TSA does a lot of things that you would not consider
businesslike. If this were to happen, they would use industrial
engineering to make the tables [at the checkpoints] longer and find
the right ratios between the metal detectors and the X-ray
machines. And, maybe we can figure out how to weed out the
grandmothers and other low-risk passengers."
Source: House Homeland Security Committee staff
member Adam Tsao, commenting on why he believes the Transportation
Security Administration should be revamped in a style similar to
the FAA -- by separating the public face of the agency (airport
screeners) from its legislative aspects, thus
presenting a more businesslike face to the public.