Aviation International News » November 2012

November 3, 2012 - 1:55am

The FAA launched the second and third major acquisitions of the NextGen ATC modernization effort, naming Harris both to replace existing point-to-point voice switches with a networked system and to build a nationwide air/ground data communications (data comm) network.

November 3, 2012 - 1:55am
NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks

Tom Hendricks, whose aviation career path has taken him from grassroots general aviation to naval aviation, to “Top Gun” fighter weapons school, to flying the line for Delta Air Lines, has slipped comfortably into the left seat at the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).

November 3, 2012 - 1:25am

The NTSB has blamed the April 2, 2011, flight-test crash of a Gulfstream G650 on an aerodynamic stall and an uncommanded rolling moment that the pilots were unable to control. However, the Board also notes that it was the manufacturer’s rush to complete its aggressive flight-test schedule for obtaining certification that set the stage for the stall and uncontrollable roll.

November 3, 2012 - 12:35am

Just when it seemed that LightSquared and its threat to GPS had finally faded away, following the February withdrawal of its operating licenses by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the company is back again, with new plans and, more surprisingly, a modest degree of FCC support.

November 3, 2012 - 12:10am

Commodities trading specialist CF Partners is offering what it says will be an easy way for aircraft operators to buy and sell carbon credits as part of their obligations under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS). The service has been launched in partnership with ETS Aviation, which already helps operators with the carbon emissions monitoring, reporting and verification aspects of ETS compliance, with its Aviation Footprinter and Support Services products.

November 2, 2012 - 5:35am

Cessna Aircraft has released a new Citation performance calculator for the Apple iPad. With CPCalc for the iPad along with Cessna’s CLCalc loading calculator (weight-and-balance) iPad app, pilots can spend less time preparing for flights while also making sure that important preflight calculations aren’t ignored. CPCalc is available for all current-production Citations and many out-of-production models, according to Cessna.

November 2, 2012 - 5:35am

Cessna Aircraft has released a new Citation performance calculator for the Apple iPad. With CPCalc for the iPad along with Cessna’s CLCalc loading calculator (weight-and-balance) iPad app, pilots can spend less time preparing for flights while also making sure that important preflight calculations aren’t ignored. CPCalc is available for all current-production Citations and many out-of-production models, according to Cessna.

November 2, 2012 - 5:10am
San Marino Offshore Registry

San Marino is introducing a new aircraft registry in partnership with U.S.-based Aviation Registry Group (ARG), which already administers Aruba’s offshore registry. The landlocked microstate, which has no airport and is surrounded by Italy, will be outsourcing all technical tasks to ARG, which is promising to ensure high safety standards as well as competitive pricing and flexible service that will be competitive with the Isle of Man’s highly successful offshore registry. The registry becomes active on December 1.

November 2, 2012 - 4:35am
First production Bombardier Learjet 75.

Though the light and midsize jet markets yet await their resurgence from the depths of the past business cycle downturn, at Learjet there is a near palpable sense of anticipation that such a turnaround is looming. The Bombardier division currently has three new models preparing for entry into service next year—the Learjets 70, 75 and 85–and has embarked on a major expansion at its Wichita headquarters.

November 2, 2012 - 4:15am
Rizon Jet/Argus Award

Some of the places in the world where business aviation is needed most are by their very nature some of the hardest places to provide and support this mode of transportation. It is a core paradox of the industry’s emerging markets, as frustrated service providers will attest.

 
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