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STEVE BROWN TO JOIN NBAA...
Steve Brown, a longtime aviation-industry veteran and current head of
the FAA's air traffic control planning apparatus, will be leaving the
agency and joining the National Business Aviation Association as its
new senior vice president of operations, the association announced
yesterday. Brown will replace Bob Blouin, who resigned his position with the NBAA on Aug.
31. Brown's first day on the job is set for Oct. 4, which means
he'll barely have time to find his desk before jetting off to Las
Vegas for the NBAA's annual meeting and convention, set for Oct. 12 -
14. "I couldn't be more pleased," said NBAA President and CEO Ed
Bolen, the ink on his own NBAA business cards barely dry.
"Steve brings tremendous experience and proven leadership qualities to
NBAA. He is a great addition to our team." Various industry observers
echoed that sentiment yesterday after Brown's appointment was made
public. "Good for Ed [Bolen]. He (Brown) is going to be good in that
job ... and attract plenty of good talent," the president of an NBAA
member company, an operating member who has known and worked with
Bolen for years, told AVweb. Brown has been in his current
position as the FAA's vice president for operations planning within
the agency's air traffic organization (ATO) only since the ATO was
established on Feb. 8, 2004. More...
TRANSITION IS OUR MIDDLE NAME
Brown's appointment comes as a tumultuous
year at the NBAA heads into its home stretch: the association's
annual meeting. With Bolen apparently firmly at the stick, any
additional changes will likely be handled with similar deftness. One
task remaining to be performed is backfilling the vice president of
government and public affairs position, which will be vacated by Pete
West on Nov. 1. Once that slot is filled -- a decision on which would
be unlikely until the outcome of the U.S. presidential campaign is
known (and who knows when that could be ...) -- the NBAA's year of
living dangerously could finally be over. Even more interesting,
however, will be the extent to which Bolen and Brown seek to transform
the NBAA. More...
GETS EASA'S G200 TYPE CERTIFICATE...
Gulfstream Aerospace last week announced receiving a type certificate
for its G200 business jet from the European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA), enabling the aircraft to be registered in all European Union
member countries. Since it acquired the G200, née Israel Aircraft
Industries (IAI) Galaxy, in May 2001, the G200 has undergone
significant modifications, including a newly designed interior and an
overall weight reduction of more than 450 pounds. Despite being a part
of the General Dynamics corporate umbrella, Gulfstream's G200 aircraft
are manufactured at IAI in Tel Aviv, Israel, and then flown to
Gulfstreams final phase manufacturing facility in Dallas.
ROLLS OUT 100TH COPY
Just before obtaining the EASA type certificate, Gulfstream rolled out
the 100th copy of the G200 before it headed off to be completed. The
100th G200 is slated for delivery to fractional aircraft operator
NetJets later this year. "Our final phase manufacturing facility,
which outfits and completes the G200, has transformed the aircraft
into a true Gulfstream business jet," said Bryan Moss, president of
Gulfstream. "Our engineers and technicians have succeeded in improving
an already sleek and sturdy plane into one that is reliable, more
comfortable and performs better than before," he added
ADDS TO MANAGEMENT TEAM
Eclipse Aviation Corporation last week announced adding a former
senior manager for organizations such as Dell Computer, Gerber
Scientific and Marconi Communications to its management. Bill Bonder,
most recently a senior global strategic commodity manager for Dell,
joined Eclipse as vice president of supply chain management. According
to Eclipse, Bonder will work to optimize the Eclipse 500 global supply
chain network during preproduction into volume production. "We have
successfully identified the worlds highest-quality suppliers,
and now is the time to add an experienced supply chain leader to the
Eclipse team," said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse
PARTNERS OBTAINS HAWKER 800SP BLENDED WINGLET STC
Whether you believe the hype -- increased efficiency, higher cruising
altitudes and crisper handing -- winglets are all the rage with most
modern bizjet manufacturers. Of course, the true effect of such a
modification depends on the airframe and the winglet, but one company
that has made its mark in the add-on winglet market -- Aviation
Partners Inc. -- now is able to sell a new winglet package to
operators of one of the most popular mid-size bizjets out there: the
Hawker 800. According to Aviation Partners, Hawker 800 operators can
now look forward to 7% additional range, faster climb to altitude,
higher initial cruise levels and significantly improved performance
from high and hot airfields with the company's newly obtained
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), which was announced this week.
BITTEN BY BANKRUPTCIES?
It's way too soon to tell what, if any, long-term impact ongoing
financial troubles at two major airlines may mean for Bombardier Inc.,
but if recent trends are any indication, the company may be in for a
bumpy ride. Earlier this week, the airframe manufacturer's stock took
a hit on news that a major customer -- US Airways -- once again sought
protection from its creditors by filing for bankruptcy under Chapter
11 of U.S. law. According to published reports, the company may see
its credit rating reduced to that of junk bonds by the financial
industry. Those same reports state that some 40 percent of
Bombardier's scheduled commercial aircraft deliveries are planned for
the bankrupt airline and that another longtime Bombardier customer --
Delta Air Lines -- is considering bankruptcy protection.
MAKES TAWS SERVICE BULLETINS AVAILABLE FOR LEGACY
Cessna Aircraft Company last week announced it has released Class A
Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) Service Bulletins covering
a large portion of its Citation fleet. According to Cessna, complying
with its bulletins "provide the flight crew with aural and visual
alerts to unintended approach to terrain. By incorporating airspeed
attitude, crew response time, current flight stage and many other
factors, it provides additional crew situational awareness." Covered
by the new Service Bulletins are the 525 Citation CJ Mark V and Mark
VIII models, the 550 Citation Bravo Mark VII and VIII, the 560
Citation Ultra Mark VIII, the 550 Citation II Mark VIII and the 650
Citation VII. Cessna says new Service Bulletins for Sandel Class A and
Class B solutions will be available in October. More...
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WATCH: DOES THE WEINER BILL HAVE LEGS?
General aviation's alphabet soup has been positively hyperventilating
the last few days in response to a new bill introduced in Congress by
U.S. Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D-N.Y.). Weiner, who apparently never
read what Mark Twain wrote about idiots and Members of Congress, last
week introduced H.R. 5035, which would "require the ... same
[pre-boarding] screening of all passengers and property ... carried
aboard a [general aviation] aircraft as is provided for ... a
passenger aircraft operated by an air carrier," among other things.
Put another way, you'd have to walk through a metal detector and be
screened by the TSA before climbing into your sailplane, hot air
balloon or LSA, much less your Gulfstream. Despite the sheer
impracticality of being screened before taking off your Cub from your
own grass strip, there simply aren't enough bucks in Uncle Sugar's
bank account -- and never will be -- to make such nonsense happen.
Hopefully, according to AOPA, however, the fork may have been stuck
into the Weiner (whiner?) bill by the time you read this.
TOLUCA EARNS FAA REPAIR STATION PAPERS
Raytheon Aircraft Services' Toluca, Mexico, facility is now an
FAA-certified Part 145 Repair Station and capable of legally
performing maintenance on any N-registered aircraft on its
certificate. The certification allows RAS Toluca to work on all
Beechcraft and Hawker products, plus Falcon 50 and Lear 20, 30 and 60
series aircraft. The yearlong certification process began with the
facility changing its work processes to bring them into alignment with
FAA requirements. FAA inspectors visited the site once, in July, and
issued the certificate July 31, 2004. More...
Signature Flight Support last month announced an agreement to acquire
U.K-based Execair, one of Europes leading FBO networks, from
John Menzies PLC. A traditional FBO chain, Execair has facilities at
10 airports throughout the U.K. and in Europe, all of which will now
be operating under the Signature banner. Signatures latest
acquisition expands its network to 57 locations worldwide, with 14 in
the fast-growing Pan European market. More...
Turbomeca, one of the leading helicopter engine manufacturers
worldwide, recently announced its new "Progress Initiative" division,
which is tasked with "deploying, coordinating and steering all the
processes directed at progress" within the company and its affiliates
from the word go. One of the most visible changes presented by the
company's new initiative is the promotion of Max Tulié, formerly
vice president of quality, to the new slot of vice president of
progress initiative. Additionally, Philippe Larrauri was named to
succeed Tulié. More...
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