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THE TSA COMING TO AN AIRPORT NEAR YOU?
Long preoccupied with managing its congressional mandate to federalize
the passenger-screening workforce, the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) has spent two years wrestling internally and with
industry groups in an attempt to figure out exactly what to do about
non-scheduled aircraft operations. To date, there have been a number of
recommendations and guidelines, as well as formal endorsement of AOPA's Airport Watch
program. Additionally, the agency implemented a series of rules
targeting chartered aircraft operations involving aircraft weighing
12,500 pounds or more. But the elephant sitting in the corner has always
been what to do about security at non-commercial airports serving
general and business aviation -- airports ranging from Teterboro to the
grass strip outside of East Overshoe, Wyo., and everything in between.
Much of the TSA's problems in getting its arms around general and
business aviation security are internal -- it's
still a young agency and one still reacting to the media and public
emphasis on airline security. Now, however, it appears that may soon
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GAMA'S ANNUAL INSPECTION
Is general aviation's glass half full? Is it half empty? Or is there
just too much glass for the amount of liquid? Those questions -- kind of
-- were the subject of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association's
(GAMA) Annual Industry Review, a yearly look-see at sales numbers the
industry racked up during the previous twelve months. An annual
inspection, as it were. To no one's great surprise, and as AVweb reported
earlier this month, the 2003 numbers show that many basic measurements
of how well the general aviation industry is doing are trending
downward, at least when compared with 2002. But, a closer, deeper
examination of the industry's health reveals reasons for optimism.
It used to be easy to identify a Gulfstream on the local FBO ramp -- it
was a GIII, GIV or GV. If it was short, or had tip tanks, it was a GII;
props meant it was a GI. Nowadays, though, you can't tell at a glance
and, perhaps most frustrating, the lines between the company's
top-of-the-line bizjets have grown, well, fuzzy, with the new numbering
system. At the lower end are the former Israel Aircraft Industries
(IAI)/Galaxy Aerospace types that parent company General Dynamics
acquired in 2001 -- the Astra SPX, now rebranded the Gulfstream 100, and
the Galaxy, rebranded the Gulfstream 200. There's the forthcoming G150,
derived from the G100/Astra SPX. And, of course, there's the G450, 500
and 550, which trace their lineage back to the GIV-SP, GV and GV-SP,
Now, as if us mere mortals needed more confusion in our
Gulfstream-spotting, comes the just-announced G350. Gulfstream Aerospace
on Monday confirmed what many had been anticipating for a few weeks --
formal announcement of the company's latest-model bizjet. Dubbed the
G350, the newest Gulfstream is billed as a "large-cabin, mid-range"
offering and will include the company's PlaneView avionics suite.
Gulfstream expects FAA certification of the G350 by the fourth quarter
of 2004, with the first customer delivery expected in the third quarter
of 2005. The G350 isn't a growth version of the IAI/Galaxy fleet;
instead, it is more of a short-range G450. Put another way, it's
something like a new GIII-SP. More...
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TO LOOK AT DCA ACCESS
The federal government's ban of non-scheduled aircraft at Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport (DCA) has long been a major thorn in the
side for general and business aviation. In fact, the only people
remotely happy with the situation are the FBOs at other airports
surrounding the nation's capital. Despite a number of well-meaning
intentions and aborted efforts at the Transportation Security
Administration and elsewhere, no one within the federal government has
been willing to stick out their neck far enough for any real progress to
be made. That may well still be the situation, but Congress is scheduled
to finally and formally get into the act with a planned field hearing of
the House Subcommittee on Aviation. More...
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ANNOUNCES MEETING ON REPAIR STATION SECURITY
Believe it or not, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is
finally getting around to listening to the people it's trying to
regulate. For most of the agency's life, the first many people knew
about a new aviation security regulation was when its final version was
published and made effective. But, if you've ever reviewed a proposed
Airworthiness Directive or written the FAA about a pending rule change,
you know that's not the way federal regulations are supposed to be
developed. Instead, the TSA yesterday published a notice that it was
seeking public comment, and would hold a public meeting on security at
foreign and domestic aircraft repair stations. More...
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ROLLS OUT FIRST PRODUCTION CJ3
Cessnas first Citation CJ3 manufactured on the production line
rolled out the door Feb. 13 at its Wichita, Kan., production facility.
The event marked another milestone in the company's certification
effort. As of early February, certification flight-testing for the CJ3
has reached over 567.8 hours in 345 flights. Cessna recently finished
induced-icing development and certification flights, and has begun
flights in natural icing. Simultaneously, the CJ3 airframe undergoing
static testing has successfully completed over 200 certified test
EXPECTS CITATION XLS PAPERWORK SOON
Cessna also expects to receive FAA certification of its new XLS variant
as early as this week. The XLS, Cessna's follow-on to the Citation
Excel, features a number of improvements when compared with its
predecessor. For example, Cessna said when it announced the XLS that it
expected the new model to have a 200-pound gross weight increase over
the Excel. Maximum IFR range with two pilots and five passengers was
projected to increase 225 nm, to 1,945 nm. Up front, the XLS will fly
with Honeywell's all-new Primus 1000 Control Display System (CDS)
avionics system. The Primus 1000 features three 8" x 10" liquid crystal
displays divided into two primary flight displays (PFDs) and one
multi-function display (MFD). More...
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AVIATION "SAFEST" IN 2003, SAYS NBAA
There were no fatal accidents involving corporate aviation operators in
2003, according to National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir. This statistic, attributed to
bizav number-cruncher Robert A Breiling, means that corporate aviation
is one of the safest travel modes available, according to the
association. Of course, it don't get much better than that.
SELECTS CROSSBOW AHRS
San Jose, Calif.-based Crossbow Technology Inc. announced earlier this
month that its AHRS500GA product had been selected by Eclipse Aviation
for attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS) aboard the Eclipse 500
light jet. Crossbow's AHRS500GA was certified by the FAA in 2003 and the
company has a supplemental type certificate (STC) allowing its
installation in more than 600 aircraft. More...
ROLLS-ROYCE INK TURBINE SERVICE DEAL
Honeywell and Rolls-Royce reached a worldwide licensing service
agreement that calls for Honeywell to perform repair services on the
first- and second-stage turbine vanes on certain Rolls-Royce turbine
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