Nearly six years after the creation of a civilian-run aviation agency was first proposed, the Brazilian Senate has approved a new civil aviation authority, the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). The creation of ANAC transfers authority over Brazil’s skies from the country’s military-controlled Departamento de Aviação Civil (DAC) to civil authorities.
Aviation International News » December 2005
Ed Stimpson retired from yet another job last December. That lasted just a few weeks, and then he joined Flight Safety Foundation’s board of directors. In February he was elected chairman. This time, however, he is working pro bono.
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), located on the campus of Wichita State University, is now running at full capacity following several lab renovations and additions. In the past 15 months, NIAR completed major upgrades to its crash dynamics laboratory and wind tunnel, and it opened a new advanced joining laboratory and an aircraft structural testing and evaluation center.
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The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has proposed a standard that will define air quality and comfort levels on commercial airplanes, but it is not related to any FAA study or any planned rulemaking.
Business aircraft pilots taxiing into Toronto Pearson’s de-icing area this winter will see–since they’re hard to miss–two large truck-mounted de-icing units cleaning down 747s, A340s and other big iron. They’re Danish built Elephant Beta-15 rigs, with telescopic booms that can reach 75 feet, high enough to spray the top of the fin of an A380.
With Palm- and Windows-based personal digital assistants (PDA) rivaling the capabilities of larger PCs and laptops, it’s no wonder that hundreds of aviation software applications are now available for the handheld units. Web-enabled cellphones, cellphone/PDA hybrids and, to a lesser extent, Blackberry devices also have their share of aviation software.
Last month, Sikorsky Aircraft announced an agreement to acquire privately owned Keystone Ranger Holdings for an unspecified sum. Previously backed by investors that included Meridian Venture Partners, Keystone specializes in engineering, completion and technical support for commercial helicopters, and aeromedical flight operations. Closing was expected by year-end, subject to government approval, as well as certain other conditions.
Increasing demand from wealthy individuals for the Bombardier Skyjet International fixed-rate block charter program has prompted the company to experiment with a new option called Jet Membership Light. This option–which gives customers 25 hours in light jets for $135,000 (€112,500)–is currently available only in Europe.