The Bombardier Learjet 85 successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday, marking the beginning of the all-composite midsize jet’s flight-test program. Flight-test vehicle one (FTV1) lifted off from Wichita Mid Continent International Airport yesterday at 8:19 a.m. CST.
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With general aviation regulations in India caught up in a web of complex rules, the industry has expressed a need for a stable regulatory framework that would allow it to grow in a sound, more straightforward regulatory regime. Addressing this, an ICAO-led group drafted a set of recommendations for a policy on general aviation–including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and seaplanes–and submitted them to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in April 2012.
India’s economic downturn over the past couple of years has resulted in negative growth for general aviation there, which has “hit rock bottom,” according to Rohit Kapur, president of the country’s Business Aviation Operators Association (BAOA).
India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) accused the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of trying to undermine the industry’s reputation by leaking observations made about nonscheduled operators during routine safety checks. According to the industry group, government officials have disclosed the findings of the checks to divert blame from the DGCA in the wake of the January 2014 downgrading of India’s safety rating by the U.S.
Business aircraft flying continued its positive trend so far this year, with activity climbing 1.1 percent last month from March 2013, according to the TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Its analysts also estimate that overall flight activity this month will rise 0.4 percent from last year.
Early next year, FlightSafety International will provide Embraer Legacy 650 training at its learning center at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The factory-authorized program will include initial, recurrent and update training for pilots, maintenance technicians and flight attendants who operate and support the Brazilian-built twinjet. The program will feature a FlightSafety-built level-D-qualified full-motion flight simulator.
“Yuan Fang, what do you think?” goes the catchphrase from China’s TV equivalent to detective Sherlock Holmes. The amazing sleuth Di Renjie depends on his assistant Yuan Fang for sound counsel, as he never knows the answer himself.
It’s not a bad way to approach what is happening the business aviation market in the greater China region today. The sector remains temptingly elusive for the big manufacturers, and has yet to deliver the huge prizes promised a few short years ago.
The U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced the opening of a representative office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region this week at the Global Aerospace Summit in Dubai. Its new office will be co-located with the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) in Dubai. According to GAMA, its new office there highlights the importance of the MENA region for general and business aviation, as well as the strong partnership between GAMA and MEBA.
Cessna Aircraft delivered the 100th Grand Caravan EX this week. The milestone aircraft was handed over at Cessna’s Wichita headquarters to Hussain Ali Rashid Almoalla for use at his aviation club in the UAE. Almoalla, who also owns a Cessna 182 Skylane and 206 Stationair, planned to personally fly the Caravan back to his home base in Abu Dhabi, a trip of more than 9,000 nm. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140, the EX offers a 38-percent improvement in rate of climb over the standard Grand Caravan, as well as a 10- to 12-knot boost in cruise speed.
ExecuJet Aviation, which has made steady progress in the Asia Pacific region over the past few years, is set to open a new maintenance repair and overhaul center just outside Beijing this month through its local joint venture ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services. The Swiss-based group has offices in Beijing and in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, and is currently constructing an FBO in Bali.