AVwebBiz - Volume 9, Number 38

October 5, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! FAA Requires More Hours for Right Seat back to top 
 
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Report: FAA To Require 700 Hours For First Officers

The FAA is expected to issue a proposed rule this month that will require pilots flying in the right seat for airlines to have at least 700 hours, up from the current minimum of 250 hours, according to The Wall Street Journal. Proposals in Congress have suggested raising the minimum as high as 1,500 hours. The changes stem from concerns that arose following the Colgan Air crash in Buffalo two years ago. Pilots who graduate from four-year college aeronautical programs or train in the military may earn credits that reduce their total time requirements, sources told the Journal.

One result of the proposal, if it's enacted, could be that students would abandon traditional flight training. The plan "would likely drive many of those people interested in an aviation career into the academic realm," Bob Rockmaker, president of the Flight School Association of North America, told the Journal. The rule proposal is still working its way through the regulatory process and could face further delays and modifications, the Journal said. Also in the works are new rules regarding pilot fatigue, pilot mentoring, and airline training practices, all prompted by the Colgan crash.

 
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Gearing Up for NBAA Next Week back to top 
 

NBAA: The Russians Are Coming

SuperJet International will be among the prominent presenters as the National Business Aviation Association convention gets under way next week in Las Vegas. The company will be promoting a business version of the SuperJet regional airliner it is building as a joint venture between Russia's Sukhoi and Italy's Alenia. The SuperJet business variant was announced earlier this year and NBAA is the first North American exposure to the product. It's an example of the globalization of the bizjet industry where countries like Russia and China used to come shopping but are now coming to sell. Two Chinese organizations are also on the agenda for NBAA, including aircraft sales and brokerage firm China Business Aviation Group and China Civil Aviation Report, a magazine devoted to non-military flying in the country. Cessna may be the only company with a truly new aircraft to introduce at NBAA.

As we reported in September, the company announced the Citation M2, which is a bit bigger than a Mustang but about $3 million cheaper than the least expensive CJ. Cessna will have a mockup on display and perhaps flesh out more details on the project. Updating old designs remains in vogue and Falco will unveil the fifth and last interior design for the Avro business jet, a new use for the Bae 146 regional airliner. A revamped version of the Beechjet 400 with new engines and avionics, called the Nextant 400XT, will also be on display. More than 1,000 exhibitors and 25,000 attendees are expected.

 
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Move 'Em In, Move 'Em Out? back to top 
 

Slot Wars Looming In Europe?

Business aviation in Europe is rallying against recommendations in a consultant's report that, if implemented, could sharply reduce access to some European airports. The Steer Davies and Gleave Impace Assessment report to the European Commission recommends that airport slots be allocated purely based on the number of passengers on board each aircraft. The European Business Aviation Association calls the proposal simplistic and says it could seriously disrupt business aviation. "This report is blind to the full impact of the entire aviation industry on local and regional economies," EBAA President Brian Humphries said in a speech to the European Airport Coordinators Association. "All of its arguments are based on the premise that maximum passenger throughput is the be-all and end-all, and as a result, it consistently seeks ways that passenger throughput can be maximized, regardless of the economic impact on sectors other than airports and airlines."

Humphries said bizav generally avoids major hubs and uses secondary and local airports to maximize efficiency for clients. The difficulty is that airlines are increasingly using the smaller airports and the proposal could push business aviation from its traditional operating areas. EBAA says the best solution would be to guarantee slots to business aviation at secondary airports based on historical usage, noting that business aviation has invested heavily in facilities at many of these airports.

 
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Forecast International: Growth Is Back In back to top 
 

GA Forecast: Slow But Steady Growth

Production of general aviation aircraft is expected to grow slightly through next year, with stronger growth starting in 2013, according to a report by Forecast International released this week. The research firm, based in Newton, Conn., excluded business jets and light sport aircraft from its study, which focuses on the projected GA market from 2011 to 2020. The report forecasts that 18,400 piston aircraft will be built by 2020, worth $8 billion, plus 6,000 turboprops, worth $20.5 billion. "There have been signs of strengthening demand in the piston market, but the increase has been from a very low base," said analyst Douglas Royce. "Getting production back to pre-recession levels will take years, if not the entire decade."

Economic growth has been slow in the primary GA markets of the U.S. and Europe since the end of the global recession, and demand from countries with higher economic growth, such as China, India, and Brazil, will not grow quickly enough to replace those lost orders, the analysts found. When that demand does kick in, U.S. manufacturers such as Cessna, Piper and Cirrus will be well-positioned, Royce told the Wichita Eagle. "Everyone will benefit, but that's going to require the regulatory structure and infrastructure [abroad] to be built," Royce said.

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Is It Time to Privatize TSA?

Rep. John Mica, who helped bring TSA into being 10 years ago, says he's surprised at how big the agency has has become. Really? Now he would like to get the agency under control by privatizing it. But that has its own problems, says Paul Bertorelli in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog.

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Who's Where back to top 
 

Stone Promoted at Gulfstream

Jace Stone

Jace Stone is Gulfstream's new director of product support sales for western North America and Hawaii. He was previously a sales manager for Gulfstream in Texas.


Hooper Joins CHC

CHC Helicopters

Joan Hooper has been named CHC Helicopter's senior executive vice president and chief financial officer. She was formerly at AT&T and Dell.


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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Contributors
Jeff van West

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