Half Of The Programs Examined Are Experiencing Delays
In a review of 30 major ATC acquisition programs, all of which
will contribute to the transition to NextGen, The Government
Accountability Office (GAO) has found that costs for 11 of the 30
programs have increased from their initial estimates by a total of
$4.2 billion, and 15 programs experienced delays. The 11
acquisitions that experienced cost increases account for over 60
percent of FAA’s total acquisition costs ($11 billion of
$17.7 billion) for the 30 programs.
The FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) has approved and
published amateur building checklists for the new Onex
Single-Place, Folding-Wing Sport Pilot Aircraft. Availability of
these approved checklists allows current and future Onex builders
to show compliance with the "major portion" requirement of 14 CFR
section 21.191(g) for experimental/amateur-built aircraft, commonly
referred to as the "51 Percent Rule."
Increases Funding Eligibility for Space-Related Projects
Florida Governor Rick Scott gave Florida’s space industry
a boost Thursday by signing Senate Bill 634 increasing funding
eligibility for space-related projects. Governor Scott was joined
by bill sponsors Senator Benacquisto and Representative Workman, as
well as Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll for the bill signing in the
Governor’s office in Tallahassee.
Suit Claims Falcone Was 'Deceptive And Misleading'
A group of investors unhappy with the "all in" investment Philip
Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners poured into LightSquared have
sued the hedge fund manager and the fund, saying "billions" of
dollars were squandered on the wireless startup.
Pilot Landed His Piper Navajo On Beach In Florida, Was
The pilot of a Piper Navajo who departed the Bahamas for Florida
ran into a problem near the end of his flight, but fortunately he
managed to make it just to the shore. The NTSB preliminary report
indicates the pilot followed correct procedures for a fuel problem,
but he wound up landing on the sand in West Palm Beach, FL, when
both engines lost power.
ALPA reports in its "Fast Read" online that Thirty-three pilots
from Rockford, Ill.-based Ryan International Airlines returned to
work on February 13th after being illegally furloughed less than
two weeks earlier. The airline said the move was due to a company
Two offshore utility helicopters have been delivered by Sikorsky
to China Southern Airlines' Zhuhai Helicopter Branch company, with
a third delivery scheduled for next week. The aircraft will support
the offshore oil operations in the South China Sea by Zhuhai's
Sikorsky Aircraft has recognized Helijet International as
operator of the world's highest airtime Sikorsky S-76 airframe
— an S-76A helicopter (serial number 760074) with 37,025
flight hours. Since 1986, aircraft 760074, an S-76A helicopter
operating in Helijet's airline service, has carried more than
500,000 scheduled service passengers more than 3 million miles.
“With more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace
companies employing more than 83,000 workers in Florida,
there’s no denying how important the space industry is to our
economy.” Source: Florida Governor Rick Scott.