“The U.S. business jet manufacturing industry is facing new challenges as it competes in a market environment characterized by tightened credit, uncertain government funding for research and development and new entrants into the industry,” according to a report published yesterday by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).
AINalerts » May 31, 2012
The basic precept of international GNSS is that public services will be available to all users without user charges or other fees. Separately, each system can transmit unique highly classified frequencies–such as the military codes used by the U.S.’s GPS, Russia’s Glonass, China’s Compass and the fee-paying civil applications for enhanced accuracy and integrity signals from Europe’s Galileo–but none affects public services.
Members of the House General Aviation Caucus are warning that an amendment to the federal highway bill would “effectively eliminate” the air-tour industry in the United States. The bill, S.1813, deals with funding for the federal highway system; however, it contains an amendment by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would strengthen the ability of the director of the National Park Service (NPS) to impose restrictions and even eliminate air tours over national park and tribal lands.
Private aircraft flying to the Tampa, Fla. area during the Republican National Convention, to be held August 26 to 30, can expect to be confronted with security restrictions similar to a Super Bowl TFR, including a 10-mile-radius “no fly zone” and the need to use gateway airports in nearby Sarasota and Orlando for security screening for flights inbound to Tampa International Airport.
An investigation continues into Monday’s midair between a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Piper PA-28 over Summerduck, Va., southwest of Washington, D.C. The Bonanza was owned by an NTSB employee and the PA-28 by an FAA employee, prompting NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman to asked the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to assist in the investigation to avoid any conflict of interest.
The FAA has approved the Sikorsky S-92 for sea state 6 (SS6) conditions, meaning up to 20-foot waves. Thanks to additional sponson floats, the S-92’s emergency flotation system becomes the first one to be FAA certified for SS6, according to Sikorsky.
“This system was designed by the S-92 landing-gear design group, with close coordination with electrical and airframe design and structural analysis,” said Ben Del Monte, chief of propulsion/landing gear/mission systems.
Under a new agreement, ITT Exelis will provide its real-time integrated NextGen flight-tracking data to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for academic research and analysis at its Daytona Beach, Fla. campus. ERAU said it could analyze the surveillance data to enhance electronic flight management systems, giving pilots better situational awareness and conflict detection/resolution.
José Antonio Filippo has been tapped as Embraer’s new chief financial officer, effective June 4. An engineer by training, he also brings broad knowledge and experience in financial management of large companies. Previously, Filippo worked for several Brazilian and multinational groups. Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado said Filippo’s “expertise and experience” will help the growth and development of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.
A Daher-Socata TBM 850 with the new Elite interior is now on a demonstration tour in the UK and Ireland. The tour began following the turboprop single’s appearance at AeroExpo UK 2012, which ended Sunday at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire. As of late April, more than 266 TBM 850s had been delivered to customers. The combined TBM 700 and TBM 850 fleet now stands at 590 aircraft worldwide.
Aerospace insurance provider Global Aerospace has been selected as the aviation insurance claims manager and advisor for the FAA. Under the agreement, Global Aerospace will provide insurance expertise, assist in claims settlements and advise the FAA on commercial aviation insurance matters with respect to war-risk coverage provided by the agency under authorization from Congress.
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