At a White House press conference this morning, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood laid out the likely consequences of possible automatic federal budget cuts, also called sequestration, scheduled to start on March 1, to his department and the U.S. FAA.
Inadequate infrastructure, excessive government fees, legal barriers and skills shortages are the main factors holding back the growth of business aviation in Africa, according to a policy document published yesterday by the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).
The U.S. military cleared the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (Stovl) variant of the Joint Strike Fighter to resume flight operations last week, ending a grounding of more than three weeks that was ordered after a fuel line failed in a test aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
The integration of the Indo-Russian BrahMos missile on 40 of the Indian air force (IAF) Su-30MKI fleet of combat aircraft is proceeding this year. The land- and ship-launched version of the highly maneuverable, supersonic, anti-ship cruise missile have already been tested successfully.
Duncan Aviation added an upgraded hydraulic Skydrol test bench to expand capacity and capabilities for large aircraft and to move in-house work that had been outsourced. “The addition will increase the efficiency of our component capabilities for landing-gear projects and add more than 100 part numbers to Duncan Aviation’s hydraulic support team, especially in the Challenger and Global markets,” said Marty Lincoln, accessories manager at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., location.
StarPort has named Roscoe Armstrong its COO. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of StarPort, including aircraft maintenance, avionics, paint, interior and FBO services. Armstrong has more than 30 years’ administrative experience with aviation services companies and has held key management positions in both government and commercial aviation sectors, including stints with USDOJ/DEA Air Wing, L-3 Communications, TXI Aviation and the FAA.
Canadian completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours has received an interest-free loan of $900,000 through the Canadian government’s FedDev Ontario prosperity initiative program. “Our government is committed to giving businesses and communities in southern Ontario the tools they need to innovate and grow,” said Peterborough Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro.
Embraer believes it stands to benefit from the Indian military’s desire to maximize commonality in its fleet of aircraft in a bid to control maintenance costs. Five of the Brazilian manufacturer’s Legacy jets are in use with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Border Security Force for functions such as transporting government officials and visiting foreign dignitaries.
Comments by President Obama’s press secretary that tax depreciation schedules constitute “loopholes” for corporate jets ignited a blitzkrieg of return fire from general aviation on Tuesday. Pete Bunce, chairman and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, declared that politics in Washington continues to demonstrate that facts can be conveniently overlooked when one is trying to point fingers and score sound bites.
India’s defense minister AK Antony has confirmed that military spending will be cut in the budget for the next fiscal year (April 2013 through March 2014). “The [Indian] government is passing through a difficult phase; the recession is affecting us,” said Antony in response to a question from AIN during a packed press conference at Aero India today.