Alaska Airlines started using precision required navigation performance (RNP) approaches into Juneau, Alaska, in 1996, and RNP has been used extensively by other airlines since that time.
Aviation International News » November 2011
Despite the deluge of negative news about Europe’s mounting financial crisis, things are not as bad as they might seem, according to Fabio Gamba, the new chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
In preparation for its 12th Air Navigation Conference (ANC) this month, ICAO has proposed that to ensure international compatibility and performance improvements, individual member states base their future air traffic management (ATM) systems on a phased program of common aviation system block upgrades, implemented over consecutive five-year periods.
The ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 is expected to receive FAA certification this year, as originally predicted in the timeline for the program when it was unveiled.
Florida’s Sebring Regional Airport has received a $4.2 million FAA grant to rebuild its main runway, 18/36. The total replacement project, which will clear the 5,224-foot runway down to substrate, is expected to begin before the end of the year and last for the next 12 to 18 months.
Mesa Air Group signed a deal in late September with Goodrich for landing-gear maintenance services on its fleet of Bombardier CRJ700s and CRJ900s. The multi-year agreement covers all scheduled repair and overhaul services, including the use of Goodrich-owned rotable landing-gear assets.
Million Air’s Salt Lake City International Airport location has acquired the assets and airport lease of the Salt Lake City Jet Center, making it the sole aviation services provider on the field. With the purchase, Million Air SLC will control more that 400,000 sq ft of hangars at the airport. The company’s Intermountain Jet subsidiary became a HondaJet dealer in 2007.
Turbomeca plans to reduce the specific fuel consumption (SFC) of its turboshaft engines by 37 percent by 2030, and at the Helitech 2011 show discussed the strategies it is implementing to accomplish that change. While the company plans to make changes to the engine machinery, it expects much of the reduction to come from engine-airframe integration and new practices that make more efficient use of the engine.
The Regional Airline Association has urged Congress to reject two new taxes on airline passengers proposed by President Obama in late September.
California-based New Bedford Panoramex (NBP) has contracted with the FAA to replace the aging incandescent bulb-powered precision approach path indicator (PAPI) systems at 100 airports around the country, according to the initial contract.