The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last month published its long-awaited rule that establishes the process for undergoing comprehensive background checks by aliens seeking first-time flight training in aircraft with mtow of more than 12,500 pounds. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), signed into law on Nov. 19, 2001, mandated background checks on aliens seeking flight training in large aircraft.
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Founded this past April, AeroCourier Group of Minneapolis is developing the AeroCourier, a single-turboprop utility airplane specifically designed for easy loading and unloading of LDX cargo containers.
At its triennial meeting in Montreal in early October, the ICAO Assembly–which includes representatives from all 187 ICAO member nations–approved a more flexible approach to the application of aircraft noise regulations.
As of June 28, operators of Stage 2 aircraft with an mtow of less than 75,000 pounds are prohibited from using Jackson Hole Airport, Wyo. Willful violations of the ban are punishable by a fine of up to $750 and possible imprisonment of up to one year per violation.
All jet and transport-category airplanes (those with an mtow of 12,500 pounds or more) for which application of a new type design is submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2006, will have to meet new noise certification levels. The FAA today issued its final FAR Part 36 Stage 4 noise levels that were originally proposed in December 2003.
Swiss-based Aviace, which ordered 112 Eclipse 500 very light jets in 2002, has put its “jet club” plans on hold until the aircraft is in the final stages of European certification. “We want to know when the aircraft is actually certified in Europe before making any definite announcement,” Aviace CEO Wilfried Koeck told AIN.
Known as the Model 311 Capricorn by its builder, and the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer by its pilot and sponsor, Burt Rutan’s latest creation took to the sky on March 5–the first step in its creators’ goal of seeing the single-jet, single-seat aircraft circle the globe nonstop on one load of fuel. With Scaled project engineer and test pilot Jon Karkow at the controls, the initial flight lasted 1 hour 30 minutes.
Because the Grob SPn Utility jet and the Embraer Phenom 300 weigh more than 12,500 pounds but less than 19,000 pounds, their respective manufacturers are requesting permission to certify the aircraft under the commuter category of Part 23 rather than the more stringent requirements of Part 25.
Raytheon Aircraft received Part 23 commuter category certification of a King Air 350, a milestone in the company’s plan eventually to offer a Model 350ER special-mission version of the twin turboprop. This new aircraft has been modified with a heftier landing gear, as well as several other airframe mods, permitting it to operate at an mtow of 16,500 pounds, 1,500 pounds more than that of a standard 350.
New designs for small business turboprop singles could be included in proposed changes to FAR Part 36 noise-certification rules. The more stringent levels are aimed primarily at reducing noise from newly designed primary training aircraft, but new turboprop singles certified under Part 23 would also be covered. The FAA said the more stringent requirements are intended to keep limits within the capability of current technology.