The FAA is establishing a new “Center of Excellence” headed by Auburn University to examine cabin air quality and study chemical and biological threats in airliners. Other universities taking part in the effort include Purdue University, Harvard University, Boise State University, Kansas State University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Aviation International News » November 2004
Echoing a refrain that has been sung around Washington for years, Air Transport Association president and CEO James May reiterated recently that the airlines have been subsidizing general aviation, business aviation and government users of the civil aviation system for years, and he called for a sweeping reform of tax policies.
Aerospace OEMs are increasingly turning to the Nadcap safety auditing program to verify the standards of manufacturing processes down the supply chain. Twenty-three major manufacturers, including leading business aviation players such as Cessna, Raytheon Aircraft, Airbus, Boeing, Honeywell, GE Aircraft Engines, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter, are now using the cooperative system.
At the ICAO Assembly in Montreal–where all the world’s aviation representatives gathered last month to review outstanding issues–there was general agreement that the lack of uniform international rules for fractional operations should be resolved.
According to its founder, start-up completion and refurbishment center DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center will open its doors in February. Dale Dunn said the company had reached an agreement with both Bombardier and the Tucson Airport Authority for sublease of the facilities at Tucson International Airport.
Bombardier’s repair facilities at Indianapolis International Airport are now the Indianapolis Jet Center. The Canadian company moved out on October 31, and Keeker Aviation reopened the doors the next day under the new name.
Aerospace Concepts, a Toronto-based completions management specialist with a long record of performing Bombardier Global Express and Challenger interior work, now forecasts a schedule for this year that almost doubles last year’s projections for this year’s projects.
While completion and refurbishment centers in Florida were cleaning up in the wake of a succession of late-summer and fall hurricanes, cabin thermal/acoustic barrier specialist Flight Environments in California was still struggling to survive the effects of the San Simeon earthquake of December last year.
With certification of the first of the very light jets (VLJs) somewhere on the horizon, manufacturers and interior designers are giving considerable attention to the challenge of creating a big-jet environment in a small-jet cabin.
Currently, about half a dozen companies are working on VLJs, all of them borrowing to some extent from the field of automotive design and fabrication.
Don Burr and Bob Crandall exude confidence for their intended new venture, Pogo, but the air-taxi concept is not a matter of belief, nor is the outlook for it dire or grim; the concept is simply immature.
First, to bring the issue into sharper focus, it is important to distinguish between the very light jet (VLJ) itself and the air-taxi concept.