Piper Aircraft has achieved FAA certification for the Garmin G1000 avionics system aboard the Meridian six-place single-engine turboprop, an airplane originally certified with the Meggitt Magic EFIS and later upgraded to the Avidyne Entegra cockpit. The list price for a new Meridian with the Garmin cockpit is $2.071 million versus $2.021 million for the airplane with the Entegra suite.
Aviation International News » May 2009
The FAA has awarded Jeppesen the industry’s first letter of acceptance for airport moving-map data under standards outlined in Advisory Circular AC 20-153. The award is intended to validate the quality standards and data capture, maintenance and distribution processes used by electronic surface map providers. Jeppesen’s airport map data is used in a variety of panel-mount and electronic flight bag avionics applications.
With the introduction of the second phase of the Single European Sky (SES II), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will greatly increase its scope by assuming responsibility for safety regulation of the region’s ATC structure and its airports. The EASA succeeds Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities.
The economic downturn is giving manufacturers and operators of very light jets (VLJs) more time to prepare for the airplanes’ widespread entry into service, according to speakers at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s corporate, air taxi and personal jets conference in London on March 18 and 19.
An NTSB interim factual report and findings from a flight simulation issued last month suggest that pilot error, not a runaway trim condition, caused the June 4, 2007 crash of a Cessna Citation II into Lake Michigan three minutes after takeoff from Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport. The two crew and four passengers aboard N550BP were killed in the accident.
Nearly 50 customers have completed Phenom 100 pilot training at Embraer CAE Training Services, a joint venture between CAE and Embraer, CAE told AIN. In addition, several FAA, EASA and Brazilian ANAC officials have completed the 14-day Phenom training course, which has been conducted at CAE’s Dallas facility since September.
The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) has issued EASA/ENAC Part 145 certification to Venice, Italy-based Superjet International, allowing the regional jet marketing and support unit for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to carry out maintenance, completion and customization activities. Plans call for Superjet International’s maintenance base in Venice to install the Superjet 100’s interiors and optional equipment.
The city of Santa Monica, Calif., in late March was at an FAA Part 16 hearing in Long Beach defending its stance on trying to keep larger jets from using Santa Monica Airport. The Part 16 process, which the FAA started in this case, is used to address complaints against federally assisted airports such as Santa Monica. The city and the airport have long held that they have the right to restrict traffic at the airport to enhance safety.
Directional Capital, an investment firm led by Flight Options chairman and founder Kenn Ricci, private-equity firm Resilience Capital Partners and “key members” of the Flight Options management team, has made an additional investment in fractional provider Flight Options. HIG Capital, which acquired the Cleveland-based company in November 2007, remains a minority investor.