L-3 Avionics Systems anticipates gaining STC approval for its Iris enhanced-vision system (EVS) this month after the successful conclusion of flight testing in a King Air C90. FAA parts manufacturing approval should follow soon afterward, clearing the way for installations in customer airplanes.
Aviation International News » April 2007
As deliveries of very light jets (VLJs) begin, concerns that they might be difficult to insure have almost evaporated. Manufacturers have had the chance to brief underwriters in depth about their models’ designs, performance characteristics and systems.
The state of Louisiana has approved Million Air’s plans to build a new FBO terminal at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. The airport suffered debilitating damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Million Air lost most of its buildings except for the historic 1930s-era Moffett Hangar, which has since been restored. Groundbreaking should take place this month.
The FAA released Notice N8000.354, providing guidance to agency inspectors regarding the new two-year inspection authorization (IA) renewal period. Beginning March 31, inspectors will be renewing IAs to expire only in odd-numbered years. Authorizations renewed this year and next will expire on March 31, 2009.
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) recently published Safety Alert 2007-01 to caution pilots about certain aspects of operating in Brazilian airspace. The midair between a 737 and an Embraer Legacy last September over Brazil has highlighted several issues associated with operations in that airspace that might have “significant implications” on safety.
The FAA released proposals for several special conditions related to the certification of the Dassault Falcon 7X, which is expected in the second quarter. Special conditions usually pertain to newer technologies required to be approved but which fall outside the parameter of the FARs.
As the industry digests the more than 100 changes the FAA has proposed to Part 61, some trade associations are taking positions on the more substantial changes. The National Air Transportation Association and AOPA oppose the proposed additional tasks required to remain instrument current. However, the associations feel that many of the proposed changes are positive. To date more than 50 comments have been submitted.
European regulators have approved the sale of Raytheon Aircraft to a coalition of Onex and GS Capital Partners, expected to be called Hawker Beechcraft. The sale still has to be approved by U.S. regulators. Raytheon expects the sale to be complete before the middle of the year.
April 16 is the comment deadline for two FAA proposals. The agency wants to amend digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit “filtering” of signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded.
Embraer decided to name its newest business jet the Lineage 1000, drawing parallels to the company’s first business jet, which was also a derivative of one of its passenger airliners.
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