Congress left Washington for its annual break without taking any action on FAA funding for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins October 1. Many other government agencies–including the rest of the Department of Transportation–also are awaiting appropriations.
The 10th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition at Congonhas Airport, in the southern suburbs of São Paulo, Brazil, came to a close August 16, having proved a success for organizer ABAG (Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral, the General Aviation Association of Brazil) in its efforts to promote business aviation in the halls of government in the vast country. However, most notable to visitors–who tended to turn up en masse after 3 p.m.
The alphabets are angry. Reflecting the growing frustration of their members, presidents of the trade associations tasked with representing general aviation interests showed up at this year’s EAA AirVenture with both barrels loaded full of criticism for the FAA and for the congressional oversight of the agency. The rhetoric was a marked shift from the traditional message of cooperation with the FAA.
Flying commercially using a single-engine aircraft under instrument flight rules (SECIFR) or at night may be taken for granted in the U.S., but it has not been possible in Europe–until now. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has cracked the door open–first for cargo operators and more recently, in the past few months, for flights carrying fare-paying passengers. It has left the decision to individual countries’ regulators, however, and France and Finland have taken the lead.
Palm Beach, Fla.-based Piaggio America–the North American representative for Piaggio Aero, the Italian company that manufactures the Avanti twin turboprop–will create an “OEM-trained team with the support of additional specialists furnished from Italy” to offer restoration services to fractional share owners of Avantis grounded by the bankruptcy of Avantair, Piaggio America president and CEO John Bingham told AIN yesterday.
While the FAA mandate to install ADS-B OUT equipment for aircraft flying in U.S. airspace by Jan. 1, 2020 (above 10,000 feet or in Class B or C airspace) is more than six years away, aircraft operating in some countries’ airspace must be compliant starting in December.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recovered the cockpit voice/flight data recorder today from the Eurocopter Super Puma that ditched last Friday, killing four.
Canada’s WestJet has signed a letter of intent to buy 40 Boeing 737 Max 8s and 25 Max 7s, the Calgary-based low-fare carrier announced Thursday. The airline said it expects close a definitive purchase agreement with Boeing before September 30 and start taking deliveries in September 2017. Boeing values the order at $6.3 billion based on list prices.
British aircraft services company BBA Aviation is in talks with StandardAero over a $4.2 billion deal, according to a Reuters report. The news agency said it “would hand Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), owner of Arizona-based engine repair and maintenance business StandardAero, a large stake in the combined business.”
The 2013 annual General Aviation Awards Program, a joint industry/FAA effort that recognizes excellence in general aviation, announced its winners at AirVenture. Honorees were Bill Fifles of Honolulu, Hawaii; Bruce Lundquist of Willis, Mich.; Dean Eichholz of Soldotna, Alaska; and Mark Madden of Anchorage, Alaska.