Politics

October 11, 2007 - 5:56am

• Sen. Frank  Lautenberg (D-N.J) introduced legislation that would require ATC to remain a government function. The bill, S.338, is in response to President Bush’s recent executive order stripping ATC of its “inherently governmental” status and designating it a “commercial” activity, allowing it to be outsourced. Lautenberg argues that ATC privatization in other countries has increased costs and jeopardized safety.

October 11, 2007 - 5:25am

By the middle of last month, both houses of Congress had given preliminary approval to separate legislation that would reauthorize appropriations for the FAA. The House version is titled the Flight 100–Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Flight 100-CARA) and covers the next four fiscal years, while the Senate version is named the Aviation Investment and Revitalization Vision Act (AIR-V) and would be for three years.

October 10, 2007 - 10:59am

• Even though the Senate and the House of Representatives did not sit in session during August, a multitude of committee and subcommittee meetings convened during this period to look into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the aftermath and how to avoid such events in the future.

October 10, 2007 - 9:20am

Aircraft noise activists in the UK are welcoming a judicial award of $1.42 million compensation to a country landowner for noise pollution. The award by an English High Court was made against the Ministry of Defence, although the activists see it as a landmark judgment opening the way to similar action against civil airfield operators.

October 10, 2007 - 8:37am

The Brazilian Departamento de Aviacao Civil (DAC) recently awarded Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich. facility repair station certification. The certificate allows the company to work on aircraft registered in Brazil. Duncan Aviation Battle Creek also has approvals from Europe’s JAA and Venezuela. Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., facility has approvals from Brazil, Bermuda, Venezuela, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, China and the JAA.

October 10, 2007 - 5:31am

President Bush planned to sign legislation that will increase from 30 percent to 50 percent the first-year depreciation allowance for capital goods, including aircraft. The provision, part of the Jobs and Growth Tax Act of 2003 passed by Congress late last month, “should be a big boost to general aviation,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association president and CEO Ed Bolen. “This is a real financial incentive to buy airplanes now.”

October 10, 2007 - 4:44am

Duncan Aviation expects by the first quarter of next year to receive group STC for RVSM in the Gulfstream II. The avionics package will consist of dual IS&S air-data computers, dual IS&S altimeters and interface units. Duncan’s goal is to keep the installed price below $200,000. Installations would be available from Duncan facilities in Battle Creek, Mich.; Lincoln, Neb.; Van Nuys, Calif.; and Teterboro, N.J.

October 9, 2007 - 12:03pm

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) of Clinton, Mo., recently gained an STC and PMA for its aft jump seat kits for King Air 100 and 200 series airplanes. AvFab said the fold-up seats not only improve the utility of the King Air cabin, but the list price of $14,800 a pair (unupholstered) is approximately half of Raytheon’s list price. In addition, the new product is available for immediate delivery.

October 9, 2007 - 9:09am

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised its estimates of budget deficits. Earlier this year, the prediction was for a deficit of $46 billion for the current fiscal year. However, individual tax receipts were recently projected to run some $40 billion below expectations, and that has caused experts to guess that the deficit could go upwards of $70 billion.

October 9, 2007 - 8:53am

New York City has been granted $9.8 million in federal funds to buy and equip a hybrid “super-copter” equipped for response to a variety of emergency situations but specifically terrorist attacks. Making the announcement, U.S.

 
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