Cessna firmed up its plans to build business jets in China by sealing a joint venture with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd. (Caiga) to assemble and sell Citation XLS+ twinjets for the Chinese market.
AINalerts » November 15, 2012
Charter operators might see pilots and fleets grounded because of a change made last year to the FAA Inspector’s Handbook. The handbook clarifies FAR 135.337 by stating: “Before an air carrier authorizes a contract instructor or nominates an individual to become a contract check airman, the air carrier must provide its POI [principal operations inspector] with evidence that these individuals have completed at least one air carrier’s initial training and qualification curriculum as a flight crewmember for an operator certificated under the same CFR part.”
After a dismal September, business aircraft flying rebounded last month, climbing 2.8 percent year-over-year, according to TraqPak data released this week by aviation services company Argus.
The data brought good news for the beleaguered Part 135 industry, with flying activity in this category segment leading the pack with a 9.7-percent increase last month. Part 91 flying rose 1.4 percent, while activity at the fractional providers fell 5 percent.
Business jet demand “remains weak, but is not getting much worse,” JPMorgan Investment Research noted in its latest business jet monthly report. This sentiment is reflected in its forecast of 2 percent growth in business jet deliveries for next year.
EASA has released a software evaluation report covering the use of Jeppesen apps running on Apple iPads used as electronic flight bags (EFBs). The report outlines a clear path for operators based in EASA’s jurisdiction to seek approval from local regulators for use of iPad EFBs with Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro and FliteDeck Pro apps.
Gulfstream Aerospace delivered its first super-midsize G280 yesterday, with the outfitted twinjet going to an unidentified “U.S.-based manufacturer with a worldwide presence spanning 190 countries.” The G280 received FAA and Civil Aviation Authority of Israel certification on August 30.
The NTSB released its annual “Most Wanted” list of safety improvements yesterday, with only one change from last year. Fatigue was removed and replaced with “preserving the integrity of transportation infrastructure.” NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said that changes to the list represent progress made, or acknowledge that there are other areas “ripe for change” in a given year. “We’re releasing the list now so it is available to policymakers at the state and federal levels, as well as industry groups, as they craft their priorities for 2013,” she explained.
Bombardier Learjet’s unionized employees in Wichita, members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), are back on the job after a five-week strike. Over the weekend, the Learjet production line workers voted to accept a proposed contract agreement, ending a strike that began on October 8.
Markus Bucher will take over as the new CEO and chairman of the executive board at Pilatus Aircraft, effective January 1. He will take over from Oscar Schwenk, who will remain as chairman of the board of directors. Bucher is a 25-year veteran at Pilatus, working in production logistics, sales and customer service and additional management experience in the company’s aircraft assembly and maintenance units. Schwenk will continue to head up the senior project management of the PC-24 twinjet program, Pilatus said.
Gulfstream Aerospace has established a satellite flight department in Hong Kong to support Gulfstream operators in Asia, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. Five pilots–three large-cabin demonstration pilots, one mid-cabin demonstration pilot and a chief pilot–staff the office.