Runways at U.S. airports are getting safer, according to a recent FAA report. The agency said the number of incursions dropped 20 percent over a four-year period, to 324 last year, of which 32 were characterized as “high risk.” The number of “high-risk” incidents has dropped 50 percent since 2000, the report shows.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded two $45 million contracts for further research into shoulder-launched-missile protection systems for commercial aircraft. BAE Systems, based in Nashua, N.H., and Northrop Grumman each got the nod to take its program to the Phase II level–a time period covering the 18 months from August this year through January 2006.
Air Canada has converted to firm status a former tentative commitment for 15 new Bombardier CRJ700 Series 705s and 15 CRJ200s. The airline plans to start taking deliveries of CRJ200s this year, followed by the CRJ705s next year, the exact dates depending on the timing of its emergence from bankruptcy. The airline also holds a conditional order for 15 CRJ200s and options on another 45 airplanes.
The Senate Commerce Committee approved and sent to the full Senate a bill that would give the FAA six months to issue pilot certificates that include photo identification. AOPA has long advocated such a move but believes that the six-month time frame for implementation is unrealistic. The legislation would require the photo ID for pilots to include biometric data or other unique identifiers.
TAG Aviation last week opened its newly refurbished business aircraft maintenance facility at the UK’s Farnborough Airport. TAG acquired the former Farnborough Aviation Services Engineering Technologies last November and has since modernized the 35,000-sq-ft operation, which has been renamed TAG Farnborough Engineering. The company plans to acquire factory-authorized service approvals for Falcons and Challengers.
September 21 marked 20 years since the first Falcon 900 took flight. Since then, Dassault has built 337 copies of the trijet in five different variants. According to Dassault, all 337 are still in operation, including the Greek-registered Falcon 900 in which six people were killed when the airplane went through several severe in-flight oscillations on Sept. 14, 1999.
Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation, received the 2004 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Piper General Aviation Award.
When Bombardier this month vacates its recently closed Learjet and Challenger maintenance facility at Indianapolis International Airport, Keeker Aircraft Interiors plans to reopen the facility under the name Indianapolis Jet Center. “We will offer the same services, in the same hangar, with the same technicians, to the same customers,” said Keeker Aircraft Interiors president Randy Keeker.
Proposed Embraer Business Jets To Feature Stand-Up Cabins
At the NBAA Convention last month, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer introduced concept studies for two new clean-sheet business jets in the form of a midsize (MSJ) aircraft and a “mid-light” (MLJ) model (see story on page 1). A full-size cabin mockup
The pre-owned aircraft market seems to be navigating through or flying above whatever turbulence has affected the U.S. equity and bond markets recently. While not immune to cyclical market ups and downs, jets are a commodity, and a much sought-after one this year governed by the rules of supply and demand. Right now, demand is high.