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PROPOSES UPDATE TO PART 23 The FAA has released a proposed update to its rules for the certification
of light jets. The changes aim to streamline the Part 23 certification
process, and "reflect the current needs of industry, accommodate future
trends, address emerging technologies, and provide for future airplane
operations," according to the FAA. The rule changes aim to establish a
standard of certification that would be similar to what is required of
other aircraft in the same size range. The FAA hopes the new rules will
reduce its current workload of processing exemptions and approving
special conditions for small jets. More...
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SAFETY IN THE SPOTLIGHT JFK and LaGuardia airports have twice
the traffic of Teterboro, but since 2004 Teterboro has provoked twice
the number of NTSB incident investigations, NorthJersey.com reported
Friday. The NTSB found that either controller or pilot error contributed
to nearly each case's probable cause. The airport's other near neighbor,
Newark International Airport, has nearly three times the traffic hosted
by Teterboro but has also seen fewer reported incidents over the past
five years. At each airport those incidents involved everything from
close calls between aircraft and ground equipment to aircraft damage and
fatalities. Teterboro is one of the nation's busiest airports, and in
2007 saw an average of more than 540 operations per day. That traffic is
composed, almost entirely, of a mix of general aviation and air taxi
service that the other aforementioned airports do not see.
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CANCELS $1.5 BILLION LEARJET ORDER What was billed as one of
the biggest business jet orders ever when it was announced
almost a year ago has now become one of the biggest business jet order
cancellations ever. Bombardier confirmed last week that it had
terminated a $1.5 billion order for 110 Learjet 60 XR aircraft from
European fractional and on-demand charter operator Jet Republic. The
announcement came on the heels of Jet Republic CEO Jonathan Breeze's
memo to staff that the company was "technically insolvent." Some
analysts are saying the cancellation could result in layoffs at the
Learjet plant in Wichita as Bombardier grapples with cancellations and
deferrals in all aspects of its aerospace operations. More...
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TOURISM BOOSTS AIR CHARTERS International Air Charter is
anticipating a 50-percent increase in demand for charters to Saudi
Arabia during the month of Ramadan which began Aug. 21 and continues to
Sept. 19. The company is devoting "substantial resources" to help
well-heeled religious tourists conduct their pilgrimages to holy cities
like Makkah (Mecca) and Madinah comfortably and efficiently. "The large
number of tourist arrivals during Ramadan makes chartered flights a
practical travel solution, especially for affluent travellers who wish
to avoid the time-consuming formalities of commercial air travel," IAC
spokesman Elie Abdo said in a statement. More...
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KLAPMEIER LEAVES CIRRUS Alan Klapmeier is as of Friday no
longer employed with the company he founded. Klapmeier, along with
brother Dale, created Cirrus Design, manufacturer of the popular SR20
and SR22 aircraft, designs that reignited competition in single-engine
piston aircraft and rose to a dominant position in the market. Recently
renamed Cirrus Aircraft, the single largest manufacturing employer in
Duluth, Minn., has since 2001 been in the hands of
majority-share-holding Arcapita Inc., an Atlanta-based venture capital
firm. "This isn't the end. It's just the intermission," Klapmeier told
the Duluth News Tribune. But Klapmeier also confessed he didn't know
what he'd be doing next. As we reported
last month, Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters confirmed Klapmeier would be
replaced as Cirrus's chairman of the board. No replacement has been
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TO OPEN FACILITY FOR PRIVATE JETS China will open its first
facility for private jets next year at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport,
sometime before the World Expo opens there in May, Shanghai Daily reported this week. The project is
already under construction. The 10,000-square-foot private-jet terminal
will provide its own security inspections, quarantine facilities and
customs, separate from the other air passenger traffic. A hangar will
provide space for up to three jets. Officials said up to 4,000 private
jets will arrive in Shanghai during the Expo, according to Shanghai
Daily. That's about twice as many private jet flights as the entire
country now handles in a year. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: NTSB'S SNIT FIT The NTSB's work is so serious,
so respected, and so vital that we don't expect them to throw a fit when
a group like the air traffic controllers' association issues a press
release that's a little off the government message. In the latest
installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues why
we should expect better of the safety agency. More...
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Michael Opheim has been named sales
manager for Avidyne's eastern region. Opheim spent 30 years with
Rockwell Collins. More...
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VIDEO: LOSS OF CONTROL IN AN F-16 FIGHTER, TEST PILOT ON YAW
DEPARTURE At Edwards Air Force Base, they
still test F-16 fighters, because each software upgrade and each new
weapons package introduces new parameters. Experimental test pilots need
to identify the aircraft's performance limits, and they need to know how
it will perform before their brothers- and sisters-in-arms take upgraded
Vipers into combat. This is one of those tests, and Air Force pilot
Desmond Brophy walks us through it step-by-step.
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