Shipments of general aviation aircraft last year increased significantly over 2005, resulting in another record high in billings and an all-time high in business jet deliveries.
Large transport airplanes operated under Parts 91, 121 and 125 are the subject of an extensive proposal that realigns the design, installation and maintenance requirements of fuel tank system electrical wiring with already-adopted new regulations covering maintenance and inspections of fuel tanks themselves.
TAG Aviation on Monday opened an FBO at Torrejon Airport in Madrid. The company already has FBOs in Farnborough, UK, and Berlin, in addition to its headquarters in Geneva, plus executive aircraft charter and management operations in the U.S.
Cessna received FAA type certification of its Model 525, the CJ2+, bringing the light jet another step closer to customer deliveries scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year. The CJ2+, announced at the 2004 NBAA Convention, is an upgraded CJ2, featuring Williams International FJ44-3A-24 turbofan engines and greater payload capability, higher maximum cruise speed, more range and improved runway performance than its successor.
The NTSB recently released its preliminary report on a Falcon 20 that crashed September 1 during takeoff after encountering numerous birds. After rotating off the runway at Ohio's Lorain County Regional Airport, at an altitude of about 15 feet the USA Jet Airlines jet (N821AA) hit "a flock of birds [coming] from both sides of the runway," which "warmed in front of the aircraft," and birds were ingested into both engines.
The number of fatalities in turbine business airplane accidents increased nearly 80 percent in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
A single report of a mis-wired APU fire-extinguishing bottle on a Citation X (Model 750) has prompted a proposed AD to require placing identification sleeves on the positive and negative terminals of APU and main engine fire-extinguishing bottle wiring and reconnecting the wires to the correct terminal studs on Citation 500s, 550s, S550s, 560s, 560XLs and 750s.
The NTSB recently concluded its investigations into two King Air fatal accidents, attributing the probable causes to the pilots. IMC was a factor in both accidents. On Jan. 31, 2004, the pilot and his teenage son were killed when their C90 broke up in flight and crashed into the Everglades about 10 minutes after departing Florida Keys Airport.
After nine months of intense bargaining, NetJets’ unionized pilots (represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters) and management reached a tentative agreement (TA) on Saturday. The move comes four years after the pilots’ contract became amendable in October 2001.
Under the Transportation Security Administration’s new regulations permitting the resumption of general aviation operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), air-taxi aircraft with mtows of 12,500 pounds or less cannot qualify. However, Part 91 aircraft of this size can qualify. As an example, in comments sent to the TSA, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) cited a King Air 90 with an mtow of 9,650 pounds.