Recent tests “did show that LightSquared signals caused harmful interference to the majority of other tested general-purpose GPS receivers,” according to a statement issued yesterday by Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office, on behalf of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing.
AINalerts » December 15, 2011
Burt Rutan, who retired in April from Scaled Composites, the company he founded in Mojave, Calif., has joined with Paul Allen in a plan to build the largest aircraft in the world. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, funded the SpaceShipOne effort that successfully boosted the first privately funded manned rocket outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
Decelerating global economic growth is taking its toll on the business aviation industry, according to J.P.Morgan North America Equity Research’s latest Business Jet Monthly report, but there are some positive indications. “The high end of the market remains far more vibrant than the lower end,” the report noted.
Following a meeting Tuesday with stakeholders to garner ideas and suggestions on the FAA’s plans to start charging for digital charts, the agency intends to formulate a proposal to be released sometime next year. At the meeting the FAA said it must recover $5 million in operating costs in the first year of digital charges.
Coradine Aviation Systems has released the latest version of its logbook software, LogTen Pro 6.0, available for Apple Macintosh computers and the iPhone and iPad. With more than 100 new features, LogTen Pro 6.0 now offers professional pilots a new visual duty-time tracking feature. Duty-time availability and restrictions are shown on a color-coded graph.
Former FAA Administrator J. Lynn Helms died on December 11 at age 86. Appointed FAA Administrator by President Ronald Reagan, Helms served for nearly three years through January 1984. He was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and a graduate of the Navy Test Pilot School.
Norton Property Management, which is owned by Milford Harrison and Scot Spencer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 7.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued a type certificate for Embraer’s Legacy 650, allowing owners to register the jet in China. Orders for Legacy 650s during 2011 include 13 for Minsheng Financial Leasing and one for movie star Jackie Chan.
U.S. civil aircraft sales are expected to total $49.7 billion this year, a 3.2-percent annual increase.
Colleyville, Texas-based staffing agency Strom Aviation is now offering placement of employment candidates in permanent positions, through its new Strom Direct Aviation Staffing division. The new division will focus on executive search, crew placement and direct placement for the corporate aviation and helicopter segments. Strom Direct will also offer payroll and insurance services for crew and operations personnel.