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GETS G350 TYPE CERTIFICATE
Gulfstream Aerospace announced last week it has received its FAA type
certificate for the Gulfstream G350, the company's latest large-cabin,
mid-range business jet. The G350 was introduced eight months ago and
is expected to enter service during the third quarter next year. The
G350 is similar to its stable-mate, the G450, but has slightly (550
nm) shorter legs. The G450 was introduced October 2003 and received
its FAA Type Certificate in August. In addition to their similar
appearance, the G450 and G350 share the same flight control systems,
engines, PlaneView flight deck, Honeywell Primus Epic avionics
architecture and numerous upgraded systems. Because the G350 and G450,
plus the ultra-long-range G500 and G550, all use Gulfstream's highly
automated PlaneView cockpit, all models share the same type rating.
Unsurprisingly, the G350 was developed by the same internal team that
developed the G550 and the G500 which, earlier this year, was awarded
the 2003 Collier Trophy. More...
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PREPS CIVIL HUEY FOR DECEMBER FIRST FLIGHT
Bell Helicopter Textron said last month its latest civilian
helicopter, the model 210, will be ready for its first flight next
month, with FAA certification expected to follow in January. The Bell
210 is a civil certified version of the company's venerable UH-1H
Huey, albeit with a few upgrades. For example, the 210 starts with a
refurbished UH-1H fuselage and then adds main rotor hub and blades,
tail rotor, main and tail rotor support structure, transmission,
rotating controls, and tail boom from the Bell 212. A single
FAA-certified Honeywell T5317B engine will power the 210. According to
Bell, the combination of dynamic components and engine produces a
zero-time airframe, FAA-certified single-engine light utility
FIRM PROMOTES LATEST TWIST ON AIRBORNE TAXI CONCEPT
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, many thought there would
be an airplane in every garage. When that didn't happen, hybrids
capable of using the highways and the airways appeared, then all but
disappeared. Many other attempts to come up with the right mix of
technology and operational flexibility leading to a sky darkened by
airborne vehicles of one type or another have similarly failed. Now
comes the British firm
Avcen, which has developed the "Jetpod" taxi with the hope it can
be used to "offer a flying taxi service at little more than the cost
of ... cab fare." One of the keys to the company's hoped-for success
is a planned runway requirement of only 400 feet, using a jet engine
exhaust design reminiscent of the AV-8 Harrier V/STOL fighter-bomber.
According to the company, thrust would be directed down through the
wings, both to reduce noise and provide the aircraft's short takeoff
and landing capability. More...
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BROTHERS CONSOLIDATES SUBSIDIARIES
Groen Brothers Aviation Inc. announced the Nov. 1 merger of its two
wholly owned subsidiaries, American Autogyro Inc. (AAI) and Groen
Brothers Aviation USA Inc. (GBA-USA). GBA-USA, which developed the
first turbine-powered autogiro, the Hawk 4 Gyroplane, will take on the
manufacturing, sales and marketing functions of AAI's SparrowHawk
Gyroplane. Groen Brothers Aviation USA Inc. will do business as
American Autogyro, for all of its SparrowHawk operations. According to
the company, the merger will allow GBA to optimize its operations and
emphasize the SparrowHawk. More...
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Many changes in personnel and their roles have occurred within the
business aviation industry in the last few months. While the National
Business Aviation Association has arguably seen the most of them, a
few notable others have occurred. Among them is the departure of
Shelly S. Simi from her position as vice president of communications
for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), where she
has helped lead that organization's public relations effort for more
than 15 years. Simi last month announced her pending departure --
scheduled for Dec. 31 -- saying she wants to spend more time with her
family. No successor has yet been named. More...
AIRCRAFT SERVICES COPS FAA MAINTENANCE AWARD
Raytheon Aircraft Services -- the airframe manufacturer's network of
FBOs and maintenance operations in the U.S. -- announced last week
that its Indianapolis, Ind., facility received the FAAs Diamond
Award. To receive the award, which recognizes ongoing training efforts
and maintenance-technician professionalism, a facility must have at
least 25 percent of its employees participating in the FAAs
Maintenance Technician Program. A total of 15 of the 18 RAS employees,
or 83 percent, will qualify for an individual award.
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ADDS HEATHROW FBO
Signature Flight Support announced last month the acquisition of
Executive Aircraft Services (EAS), a wholly owned subsidiary of
Group4Securicor PLC, headquartered at London's Heathrow Airport. Terms
of the agreement were not disclosed. Signature said the EAS facility
is a traditional FBO and that the latest acquisition increases its FBO
network to more than 60 locations worldwide, including 42 in the U.S.
and 17 in Europe. More...
WE KNEW THAT..." DEPARTMENT
Apologies to those in both Philadelphia and Chicago for the faux pas
published in this space last month that referred to Chicago as the
"city of brotherly love." We know that reference applies only to
Philly -- though it's sometimes hard to tell, what with the treatment
we get from your TRACON. More...
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