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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.
The FAA said its current practice of issuing special exemptions, exceptions and equivalent levels of safety to certificate part 23 airplanes amounts to a practice of "rulemaking by exemption," a
practice the agency does not want to continue. Also, the accident rate on twin piston engine and turboprop airplanes identified a safety issue that had to be addressed by a change in the rules
regarding single-engine climb performance. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until Nov. 16.
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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. Teterboro has since Jan. 1, 2004, provided the NTSB with cause for 13 investigations; Newark follows with 10 and JFK and LaGuardia
chimed in with five and four, respectively.
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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.
Although some questioned Breeze's ambitious plans announced as the depths of the world financial crisis were just coming to light in September of last year, the energetic former military pilot was
all optimism about the timing of the venture. "This is a sensible, profitable, logical business," he told The Times Online last September. "I think the challenge in the financial markets simply
changes the metrics ... If anything it probably strengthens the proposition." Reality bit hard, however, and Breeze broke the news last Wednesday. "It is with great regret that I announce that Jet
Republic appears to be technically insolvent," Breeze said in an internal memo. "We will place no more orders with suppliers; we will accept no more revenue from customers; we will solicit no more
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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.
The company's strategy for those who want to perform the Umrah and Haj pilgrimages is to ensure they can get to the holy cities from anywhere in the world and the onboard services can be customized
to "match their personal and religious requirements." The Saudi Arabian government estimates that religious tourism generates up to $7 billion annually.
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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 announced.
Alan's self-proclaimed more conservative brother Dale remains with Cirrus as vice chairman. "The difference between the two of us is that Alan is a dreamer, and he's extremely aggressive in what he
wants," Dale Klapmeier told the Tribune.
Cirrus is capable of putting out 16 aircraft per week, but had cut that rate to three per week when current CEO Brent Wouters was appointed to his position in the fall of 2008. Wouters has said his
focus is on operational efficiency. The company is back up to production of eight aircraft per week.
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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.
The World Expo will be open from May 1 to Oct. 31 next year, and up to 70 million visitors are expected for a "grand gathering of the world cultures," according to the event's Web site. More than 20,000 events will be held at up to three dozen venues around the city.
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