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2004: DAT'S A WRAP...
It's over, except for the shouting, the hangovers and the wallets
emptied after a week or so in Las Vegas. In the wake of the 2004
edition of the National Business Aviation Association's 57th Annual
Meeting and Convention, which was held Oct. 12 through 14, the
association is patting itself on the back and most who attended
profess themselves pleased with the results. Some of the raw numbers
tell the tale: The event closed out with a total of 31,259 attendees,
a 9.4 percent increase over last year's total of 28,574 in Orlando; a
new record of 1,084 exhibitors was set; and 87 aircraft were on NBAA's
formal static display at the Henderson (Nev.) Executive Airport, with
some untold number of "gray market" airframes also being hawked.
Exhibitors occupied a million square feet of exhibit space in the Las
Vegas Convention Center. In a nutshell, optimism and growth were the
watchwords on everyone's lips during the week. Several manufacturers
professed pleasure with their results at the show, reflecting those
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OTHER RESULTS NOT IN YET
Other airframers, including Bombardier and Raytheon, professed
pleasure with the results of their showing at NBAA this year, although
no company except Cessna has attached numbers to their performance.
Bombardier, which celebrated U.S. type certification of its Global
5000 on Oct. 12, also announced its claim to a speed record on landing
the plane at Vegas. According to the company, the jet covered the
4,597 nautical miles from Dublin to Vegas in 0955, against
26-knot-average headwinds. Meanwhile, two other companies made the
trek to NBAA to market even faster products: supersonic business jets.
The best-known of the two competitors, Aerion, went public with its long-rumored plans for an
SSBJ while Supersonic Aerospace International (SAI) announced it
"has successfully confirmed the design for the Quiet Small Supersonic
Transport (QSST) which will facilitate transcontinental and
intercontinental supersonic travel. The QSST will be able to comply
with or exceed all applicable environmental standards and FAA rules
for takeoff and landing noise." More...
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SLOT RULE OUT FOR COMMENT
Chicago just got a little bit unfriendlier to general aviation, thanks
to the FAA. AVweb's Favorite Aviation Agency, the one that only
now is taking the City of Chicago to task for bulldozing lakefront
Meigs Field into oblivion on March 31, 2003, last week published a new rule reimposing restrictions on GA access to the
City of Brotherly Love [PDF]. The new regulation, SFAR 105, was
published in the Federal Register on Oct. 20 and restricts
non-scheduled (i.e., non-airline) operations at O'Hare International
Airport to four per hour between 0700 and 2059 local time, starting in
November and continuing at least through April 30, 2005. The agency is
seeking comments on the new rule from the public through Nov. 1, 2004.
To its credit, however, the FAA this week announced a series of $5.5
million upgrades to two runways designed to reduce delays during poor
weather. The upgrades consist of "enhanced navigation equipment" and
brighter lights. More...
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CHARTER BROKERS TARGETED BY DOT
If your company has a Part 135 certificate and you use a third-party
marketing organization to sell trips to the public, listen up: The
U.S. Department Of Transportation (DOT) has published a notice "on the
role of air charter brokers in arranging air transportation" that puts
many such companies on notice that they may need to change their
business practices. The notice, published in the Oct. 18 Federal Register, is
designed to "provide guidance regarding the lawful role of ...
entities ... that link prospective charter customers with direct air
carriers." According to the notice, the DOT's Enforcement Office has
"become aware" that brokers without DOT economic authority are
soliciting air charter customers and then contracting directly with an
air carrier to provide the transportation. More...
Business is booming at the FAA. It's so good, in fact, that the agency
last week signed a deal with Bombardier Aerospace awarding a
fixed-price contract for a new Bombardier Global 5000 business jet.
The decision marks the FAA as the first government operator to select
the newly certificated bizjet. In fact, the announcement comes only a
week after the type -- designed as a high-speed business jet with
intercontinental legs -- received its type certificate from the U.S.
agency. Transport Canada awarded full certification on March 12; the
European Aviation Safety Association granted its approval on July 15,
followed closely by the Joint Aviation Authority (JAA), which issued
its letter of recommendation to member countries on Aug. 26.
Bombardier plans to begin deliveries of the Global 5000 by January
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Longtime NBAA staffer Frederick B. McIntosh, who retired from the
association in 1983 after almost 20 years in its Operations
Department, died Oct. 15 of congestive heart failure. He was 87.
Funeral services were scheduled for Friday, Oct. 22, near his home in
Leesburg, Va. McIntosh was the second recipient of NBAA's "Lifetime
Achievement Award," which recognizes a minimum of 15 years of service
combined with significant contributions to the business aviation
community. In addition, "Mac" was instrumental in procuring the Small
Aircraft Exemption found in FAR Part 91, Subpart D, for association
members operating aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds.
IS KIND OF A RELIGION, AFTER ALL
Prayer has always been a part of aviation, whether practiced by the
student pilot before his or her first solo or by the grizzled vet
facing an airborne emergency. On the off chance you believe
genuflection and worship directed at aircraft is only the province of
Judeo-Christians or Muslims, comes a report from Katmandu, Nepal,
noting that Hindus have been worshipping their helicopters. While we
agree that it requires a bit more faith to fly helicopters than,
perhaps, fixed-wing aircraft, Hindus who worship the goddess Durga are
celebrating a festival in her name by praying to their copters.
WATCH: "READY, FIRE, AIM"
A confession: We really hate to give the TSA any ink in these pages,
but it's such a target-rich environment that we just can't help
ourselves sometimes. Most recently, the agency took some nine months
to develop a new regulation then published it on Sept. 20 and gave
small-aircraft operators only 30 days to understand and implement it.
Last week, and as AVweb told you two weeks ago it would, the TSA released
a new document, an "interpretation," which delays portions of the new
rule for an additional 60 days -- to Dec. 19 -- and changes some of
its provisions. "The recent changes are a start but just that and only
that," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. More...
...the next issue of AVweb's BizAVflash will be e-mailed to you
on Nov. 10. Until then! More...
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