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FAA OPERATING REGS TO EUROPE?
For years, the U.S. aviation industry has seen a steady trickle of FAA
rule changes move through the regulatory process, designed to bring the
agency into "closer harmony" with foreign aviation agencies. The foreign
agencies mainly include the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and the
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) operated by European Union (EU)
member states, plus the International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO). To a great extent, these changes have been seemingly minor and
designed to ensure a seamless transition of, say, an airframe
certification in the U.S. to an EU member state, allowing newly
manufactured aircraft to be registered in that second country. Of
course, exceptions exist and, on occasion, "harmonization" efforts have
gone beyond mere certification rules into maintenance and environmental
protection. Perhaps the most notable was the mid-1990s switch from
longstanding FAA abbreviations to ICAO-standard coding for aviation
weather observations and forecasts. This is what gave U.S. pilots the
abbreviation "BR" for mist and spawned thousands of decoding cards --
English-to-French dictionaries, one wag called them.
ICAO-standard aviation weather coding, most of the FAA's attempts to
harmonize its regulations with the EU's have involved airframe,
powerplant and component certification instead of operating rules. In
fact, each of the EU member states have their own set of rules, which
frequently send U.S.-based pilots into frenzied fits of frustration as
they attempt to decipher all of the regulatory nuances involved in
getting from Point A to Point B through Country C's airspace. And,
its safe to say that EU-member state operating regulations can be
much more stringent than the FAA's. The General Aviation Manufacturers
Association (GAMA) would like to change that and recently encouraged the European Union to create a
unified safety oversight and regulatory system for GA aircraft
registered in Europe. More...
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135/125 RULE REVISIONS MOVING FORWARD
It's been the late 1970s since the FAA made substantial revisions to
operating regulations governing on-demand flights under FAR Part 135.
Since then, the on-demand industry has exploded, with more capable
aircraft, more operators and a wide range of operations never really
contemplated under the 25-year-old revisions. Recognizing this, the FAA
and industry started getting together in 2003 under the auspices of an
Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to lay the groundwork for a new
regulation recognizing these changes and bringing the FAA's regulations
into line with the ways in which the industry works today. Also a part
of the ARC are potential revisions to FAR Part 125, which addresses
larger airplanes not operated in common carriage. More...
ME, FEEL ME
The computer industry has always wondered about where the next "killer
app" -- or application -- would come from to help stimulate demand for
new hardware. Basic word processing was one of the first, followed
quickly by Lotus 1-2-3's number-crunching ability, database managers,
the Internet, e-mail and the World Wide Web. Other industries, including
aviation, are also looking for the next killer app, some product or
service that opens up new markets or greatly enhances utility,
efficiency or both. Recent examples include color GPS moving-map
avionics, fractional-ownership operations and the emerging light-light
business jet epitomized by Eclipse Aviation's Eclipse 500 and the Cessna
Mustang. One recent development -- synthetic vision -- has the potential
to make wholesale improvements in general and business aviation. Most
recently, NASA and Gulfstream Aerospace have teamed up to conduct
research into synthetic vision designed to improve a pilots
situational awareness, resulting in reduced incidents of controlled
flight into terrain (CFIT) and runway incursions. More...
GOES OVERSEAS FOR 427I DEVELOPMENT
Bell Helicopter announced last month it had reached separate agreements
with Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) and Japan-based Mitsui Bussan
Aerospace Company Ltd. to develop, certify, produce and market the 427i
light twin IFR helicopter. Preliminary specifications for the new
eight-seat, twin-turbine helicopter include a maximum gross weight of
7000 pounds, a useful load of 2700 pounds, maximum cruise speed of 142
knots and range of 365 nm. Bell said in a press release that it and its
partners had "over 42" orders signed for the new copter and expected 20
more by the end of 2004. More...
MORE STUFF IN YOUR STANDARD KING AIR
As with many Beech or Raytheon products, there is a thriving aftermarket
taking advantage of things customers would like to have in their
aircraft but which weren't included when it left the factory floor. When
it comes improving or customizing Beech's venerable, 40-year-old King
Air fleet, Raisbeck Engineering has been one of the most prolific
purveyors of modifications. Now, Raytheon will offer Raisbeck's popular
nacelle wing lockers as standard equipment on factory-fresh King Air
350s, starting with serial number FL-402. The lockers, long an option on
new King Airs, join Raisbeck's Dual Aft Body Strakes, which went
standard on the 350 production line with serial number FL-312.
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IACOCCA GETS A FREE RIDE?
Here's a blast from the past: Lee Iacocca, who gave us the Ford Mustang
and the Chrysler K cars, who was the leader of a company that owned
Gulfstream Aerospace for a while and who engineered the federal
government's bailout of the third-largest U.S. auto manufacturer, has
joined SmartJets' advisory board as chairman. Florida-based SmartJets is
a subsidiary of Aero Toy Store, offering block charter hours aboard its
300-plus aircraft fleet that it calls "time ownership." As chairman of
the advisory board, Iacocca will assist in directing management, serve
as a spokesperson in SmartJets' ad campaigns and appear at
company-sponsored events. More...
GETS INTO THE BIZJET ACT
If Eclipse, Adam Aircraft and Safire don't hurry up, their efforts to
field a light-light jet ahead of the competition could come to fruition
too late. According to a news report in the China-based "People's Daily
Online," a five-seat business aircraft jointly developed by the Nanjing
University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) and Nanjing Light-type
Aircraft Stock Co. Ltd. recently took to the skies on its maiden flight.
According to the online version of the Chinese newspaper, the
prototype's first flight lasted some twenty minutes and reached an
altitude of 600 meters (about 2000 feet) before an uneventful landing.
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WATCH: THE "GOVERNOR ERNIE" SAGA CONTINUES
As AVweb's business aviation coverage told you last week, July 8
will see Congress hold a scheduled hearing on "National Capitol Region
Air Space Control: A Review of the Issues Surrounding the June 9, 2004
Flight of 'N24SP.'" More...
...the next issue of AVweb's BizAVflash will be e-mailed to you
on July 21. More...
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