The FAA clarified a new policy to mail paper Airworthiness Directives applicable to engines only to owners and operators who have “registered” their engine. Confusion arose because engines aren’t registered separately from aircraft, although a block on the FAA registration form allows buyers to list engine type.
AINalerts » October 3, 2006
Raytheon Aircraft broke ground today for a $16.3 million, 112,000-sq-ft expansion to its Hawker completions facility in Little Rock, Ark. Currently, the facility outfits Hawker 850XPs with interiors, avionics and paint before they are delivered to customers. The facility at present is working “at capacity,” according to the company.
Testifying last week before the Senate commerce aviation subcommittee, FAA and general aviation officials downplayed the extent to which the introduction of very light jets (VLJs) will challenge ATC services. Jack Pelton, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna, said VLJs will not “darken the skies,” as many have predicted, place an undue burden on ATC or increase congestion at major airports.
On Saturday, Eclipse Aviation received FAA type certification for the Eclipse 500, nine months later than originally planned when the company announced in early 2003 that it would have to modify the design due to switching from the Williams EJ22 turbofan to the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F.
The NTSB is sending investigators to Brazil to assist in the investigation of the September 29 midair between a Boeing 737 and an Embraer Legacy 600. NTSB senior investigator William English will serve as the U.S. accredited representative, accompanied by two Safety Board investigators and representatives from the FAA and Boeing.