The FAA is making “significant changes,” effective August 15, that will affect pilots flying instrument departures and arrivals. Pilots unfamiliar with the new “climb via” changes could be faced with separation losses, pilot deviations and potentially tense moments in the cockpit, according to NBAA. The new “climb via” instruction for standard instrument departures (SIDs) mirrors the similar “descend via” instruction already being issued for standard terminal arrival route (Star) procedures.
Aviation International News » August 2012
The hotly debated North Shore Route over New York’s Long Island will be mandatory for at least the next two years. The route was added to the New York helicopter chart in 2008 and operators were encouraged to use it voluntarily. However, local politicians, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), pressed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the FAA to make it mandatory. Operators have expressed concern that a substantial part of the route is over water. The rule mandating the route will lapse in two years unless the FAA takes further action.
A new 20-year market forecast issued by Bombardier Aerospace in late June reflects less optimism for the 20- to 149-seat commercial aircraft segment than that conveyed by the company’s projections from a year earlier. Bombardier’s latest analysis, which includes outlooks for both turboprops and jets, projects deliveries of 12,800 airplanes worth some $630 billion over the next 20 years.
A little more than a month after suffering a fatal accident involving a demonstration airplane, the Sukhoi Superjet program staged a fairly quick rebound with the sale of six SSJ100-95s to Russia’s second largest airline, Transaero. Announced in late June, the deal includes options on another 10 airplanes, raising the potential value to $566.4 million based on list prices.
Denmark’s Nordic Aviation Capital has signed a firm purchase agreement for 12 Bombardier CRJ1000s, all of which it plans to lease to Garuda Indonesia–Bombardier’s previously announced Asian launch customer for the 100-seat jet.
Based on growing customer demand for interior repair and refurbishment capabilities in the region, Jet Aviation Dubai expected to begin offering cabin work at its maintenance facilities at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates in this year’s second half.
According to the Swiss-based MRO, completion and refurbishment company, the Dubai facility will provide such work as upholstery, carpeting, overhaul, headliner and side panels, chrome and gold plating, cabinetry, sheet-metal work and repair of fiberglass, plastic and composite items.
Voar Aviação (Fly Aviation) is recruiting a number of professionals to meet a growing need for technicians, from painters and upholsterers to helicopter mechanics, at its own facilities and those of sister company Globe Aviação, both located at in Goiânia, Brazil.
Fly Aviation and Globe Aviation have ramp parking, hangars and property at Goiânia-Santa Genoveva Airport totaling more than 375,000 sq ft. Both facilities engage in exterior paint and fixed-wing and helicopter interior refurbishment.
Greenpoint Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering of Beijing (Ameco Beijing) for a cooperative venture in completion of commercial and executive aircraft cabins.
The agreement, still to be finalized, will support business jet completion and refurbishment “in greater China and the Asia-Pacific region.” It will include collaborative engineering, certification and installation of single- and twin-aisle executive aircraft modifications.
The 200th Falcon 7X rolled off the production line at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production facility in southern France on July 9, and the aircraft has since entered the final cabin completion process. “We are especially proud of this milestone,” said Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon. “The 7X is clearly the best seller in the current Falcon family and remains one of the most sought-after jets in itscategory.”
Shelly Hedrick had been in aviation–fractionals, charters, FBOs–for 12 years when it occurred to her recently that there was a niche in the business aviation market that she could fill.
Last month she announced the launch of JetSeat, a company providing customized overhead layouts of business and private jet interiors, for existing or proposed cabins.
The JetSeat overheads are not only to scale, but the various fabrics, designs, shapes and colors are replicated accurately, said Hedrick.