China’s under-development J-20 combat aircraft recently demonstrated its missile-launch mechanism, which the Chinese media tout as a simple but “more efficient” design than that of the American F-22.
Congressman Sam Johnson (R-Texas) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence on March 26. The award is given to recognize members of Congress for their “votes on key manufacturing legislation identified by the NAM in the 112th Congress.” Bombardier and its Flexjet subsidiary hosted the event. “What happens in Washington matters to businesses such as ours and regions such as this one,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) expressed alarm in late February over the potential for drastic cuts to regional airline service as a result of automatic spending cuts in the U.S. federal budget known as sequestration. The legislation, which took effect on March 1, calls for $600 million in cuts to the FAA budget through September, resulting in the elimination of midnight shifts at 30 secondary airports and the likely closure of 100 control towers at airports frequented by regional airlines.
Texas state Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw said the agency will no longer shoot suspects from the air unless the suspects fire first, either at the helicopter or another target on the ground. Last October a DPS helicopter opened fire on a fleeing pickup truck, killing two illegal aliens hiding inside.
Duncan Aviation now has the capability to repair batteries from Securaplane Technologies in addition to distributing both Securaplane main ship and emergency batteries. “With more than seven years of Securaplane customer support experience under our belts, we’ve earned the ability to repair the emergency batteries as well as distribute and service them,” said Karl Detweiler, accessories shop business development and marketing supervisor at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska, location.
StandardAero has appointed Firoz Tarapore as interim president and CEO. He replaces Rob Mionis, who resigned from the company. Tarapore has been a director and member of the executive committee of StandardAero since 2007 and will continue to serve as a board member. Tarapore will serve in this interim role until the company selects a permanent replacement.
Brian Dannewitz has taken the position of president of Greenwich AeroGroup’s Professional Aviation Associates. Dannewitz began his aviation career serving in the Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve in various aircraft maintenance positions. In the course of the last 25 years he has held leadership positions with companies such as Pratt & Whitney, Northwest Airlines, Midway Airlines and AAR Defense Systems.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to close 149 contract ATC towers serving small and regional airports beginning April 7 as part of its plan to cut costs by more than $600 million under the federal government’s “sequester” mandate. Republican lawmakers accused the White House of blocking a measure that attempted to keep open the contract towers by funding them through the end of the fiscal year.
As India’s air traffic grows and skies get crowded, the country’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Civil Aviation have finally reached an agreement on a long-standing demand for flexible use of airspace (FUA). The implementation will stand “subject to ensuring adequate safeguards in the system to prevent inadvertent leaks of military information and dissemination of any information on military aviation activities strictly on a ‘need to know’ basis,” noted a government statement. The military currently controls approximately 65 percent of India’s airspace.
The Obama Administration notified Congress on March 7 of planned revisions to the U.S. Munitions List (USML) in the aircraft and gas-turbine engine categories. The revisions will move items considered to be non-sensitive or having dual military and commercial uses from the State Department-administered USML to the more flexible Commerce Control List (CCL) under the administration’s export control reform initiative.