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.
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Chicago Jet Group received the first-ever Fans retrofit STC approval from the FAA on September 5, the company and partner Universal Avionics announced yesterday. The Fans 1/A+/controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) system, which was installed in a Dassault Falcon 50 that Chicago Jet group manages for a customer, uses an International Communications Group NxtLink ICS-220A Iridium satcom.
Stop-gap legislation enacted in late May enabled the FAA to abandon its budget-trimming plan–prompted by sequestration cuts imposed by Congress–to close the 149 contract air traffic control towers starting on June 15. However, the agency left open the possibility that the towers could be closed when the new fiscal year starts on October 1, which is now just two weeks away.
A bankruptcy hearing for Avantair held yesterday in Tampa, Fla., brought some needed good news for share owners of the 56 ex-Avantair Piaggio Avantis, with the Italian OEM unveiling a path for them to get their aircraft back in the sky. These aircraft, which haven’t flown since early June when Avantair shut down, were officially grounded by the FAA last month when the agency revoked their airworthiness certificates.
The Dassault Falcon 5X will succeed the Falcon 2000, according to a document the French government released this morning. The new Falcon is part of the next generation of aircraft mentioned in the “new industrial France” project, introduced by French president François Hollande.
On Friday, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) transportation ministers approved a core statement of principles that lay the foundation for business aviation’s growth in the Asia-Pacific region. The framework, which will be used by the ministers to begin drafting business aviation-specific regulations in their respective countries, was developed by a coalition of industry groups, including NBAA, GAMA, the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and IBAC.
The trustee overseeing Avantair’s involuntary bankruptcy is seeking a halt to a class-action lawsuit brought against the company on behalf of former employees alleging Fair Labor Standards Act violations for failure to pay for work performed or provide proper termination notification.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen is joining Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ministers in Tokyo tomorrow to unveil new guidelines designed to “catalyze” the growth of business aviation in the region. The guidelines are meant to provide a framework for individual Asian countries as they begin to draft business aircraft-specific registration and operations regulations. Joining Bolen will be U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari and other national government transportation leaders.
General Dynamics C4 Systems’ next-gen UHF and VHF air traffic control radios completed the first phase of the FAA’s factory acceptance testing program. According to the company, the new radios improve sound clarity, making it easier for air traffic controllers and pilots to hear one another. The second phase of testing, scheduled for this fall, will place with 90 of the next-gen radios in FAA facilities in Florida, Oklahoma and New Jersey to validate how the radios perform in the operational environment.
Helicopter Association International president Matt Zuccaro said HAI is evaluating its legal and political options in the wake of a federal court decision upholding the authority of the FAA to mandate the “North Shore Route” for helicopters transiting New York’s Long Island.