The scene was straight out of a science fiction movie. Thick coils of wire wound like serpents along the pale green walls. More wire slithered up from the floor in bundles as thick as rope. Part of an overhead instrument panel hung from the ceiling, suspended by yet more wires.
Aviation International News » June 2007
While preparing for traffic to double and perhaps even triple in the coming decades, the FAA has made clear that putting up the ground-based infrastructure to support that traffic will be expensive, ultimately costing billions of dollars.
Evektor has begun prototype assembly of the EV-55 Outback, a nine- to 14-passenger unpressurized turboprop. The company submitted its application for a type certificate a year ago in a familiarization meeting between the certification team and regulatory authorities at the company’s facilities in Kunovice, Czech Republic.
Early in the second quarter, Bell/Agusta Aerospace reported that the BA609 civil tiltrotor program had logged 137 flights and 159 flight hours on ship 001, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, and 14 flights and 14 flight hours on ship 002 in Cameri, Italy. The flight envelope reached 310 ktas, 25,000 feet and 35 knots in rearward and sideward flight. The longest single flight was 1.7 hours.
It’s been more than seven years since Vern Raburn launched the Eclipse 500, a small, low-cost very light jet that he predicted would bring “disruptive technology” to aviation. At the time, the model 500 was to sell for $775,000 (in 2000 $), have a 44-cents-per-mile direct operating cost and be powered by tiny Williams International EJ22 engines. Certification and deliveries were expected in 2003.
Embraer’s May 2005 announcement that the company was launching two new business aircraft–the Phenom 100 very light jet and the Phenom 300 light jet–certainly raised some eyebrows. The company garnered even more attention a year later when it revealed its plans to build the Lineage 1000, a business-jet version of its E190 airliner.
This year poses a stiff test for the debate about whether business aircraft manufacturers need to be at both the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) and the biennial Paris Air Show. The gates will open at the French capital’s Le Bourget Airport on June 18, just 16 working days after EBACE closed in Geneva on May 24.
House and Senate bills to require all airport employees with access to secure and sterile areas of an airport to undergo metal detection screening in the same manner as airline passengers is drawing criticism from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
District of Columbia congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) used a House aviation subcommittee hearing on the Essential Air Service program (EAS)–which ensures air service to smaller communities–as a bully pulpit to call for stepped-up action to make it easier for general aviation aircraft to use Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Summer is almost upon us in the northern hemisphere, but the FAA is embroiled in two significant icing-related issues: a proposed new rule for when de-ice systems are activated and a new interpretation of the term “known icing.”