U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper disagreed with the NTSB’s probable cause of a midair between two helicopters on Nov.
AINalerts » May 8, 2008
John Bruton, the European Union’s Ambassador to the U.S., received a decidedly undiplomatic reception while testifying on aviation emissions before the House aviation subcommittee on Tuesday. The ambassador got into a rancorous spat with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who was designated acting chairman of the subcommittee at the time.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer recorded first-quarter sales of $1.34 billion, a nearly 61-percent increase year-over-year, and a profit of $85 million, the company said yesterday during an investor conference call. Embraer’s firm order backlog at the end of March increased 8 percent over the previous quarter, to a record $20.3 billion, due to robust sales of its business jets and E170/190 airliners.
The Senate bill to reauthorize and fund the FAA is once again stalled on the tarmac because of procedural infighting between Republicans and Democrats. After a surprise compromise that would create no new user fees, lobbyists thought the Senate version of FAA reauthorization was on its way to quick passage. But senators quickly lined up with amendments to the measure, some of which had nothing to do with aviation.
The FAA today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to remove wording in Parts 91, 125 and 135 allowing pilots to take off with frost on wings, stabilizers and flight controls “if the frost has been polished to make it smooth.” The polished frost rules are found in 14 CFR 91.527(a), 125.221(a) and 135.227(a).
On Tuesday, Boca Raton, Fla.-based DayJet made the difficult decision to put its growth plans on hold after not being able to obtain another $50 million in funding to move to the next stage. As a result, the per-seat, on-demand air-taxi operator laid off 100 of its roughly 260 employees and now plans to sell or lease out 16 of its 28 Eclipse 500s. Listen to DayJet president and CEO Ed Iacobucci tell the story in his own words.
The business jet market has continued its spectacular rise, while turboprop shipments grew modestly and piston deliveries dropped sharply, according to first-quarter aircraft delivery stats released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Industry billings increased 16.1 percent, to $5.3 billion, an all-time high for the first quarter, though overall shipments were down by 7.5 percent.