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CREW WARNED OF LOW ALTITUDE
The crew of a Gulfstream II on approach to Houstons William P
Hobby Airport early Monday was warned by a controller that its
altitude was too low about two minutes before it crashed, killing both
pilots and a flight attendant. The jet was inbound to Hobby to pick up
former president George H.W. Bush for a flight to Ecuador. The
Gulfstream was being operated by Jet Place, a Tulsa, Okla., charter
operator and departed Dallas Love Field earlier that morning for
the short hop to Houston. More...
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YOU READY FOR DRVSM?
Ready or not, domestic RVSM (DRVSM) is coming soon, to a flight level
near you. In this case, soon means Jan. 20, 2005, at 901
UTC and, despite what you might have heard, the FAAs
postponement of this date isnt likely. After Jan. 20, your
aircraft must be RVSM-compliant if you want to use major chunks of the
high-altitude airspace. Most turboprops and just about all
piston-powered FLIBs need not apply. The goal of RVSM is to reduce the
vertical separation between FL290 and FL410 inclusive from the current
2000-foot minimum to 1000 feet in airspace over the continental U.S.,
Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic High Offshore Airspace
(including Houston and Miami Oceanic airspace) and the San Juan FIR.
On the same date and time and at the same flight levels, Canada and
Mexico will implement RVSM. More...
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YOUR AIRPLANE READY FOR DRVSM?
On its face, RVSM sounds simple enough -- compress the distance
between aircraft operating in the high-altitude en route environment.
But its not that simple, or easy. For one thing, there are very
good reasons previous standards at those altitudes called for 2000
feet of separation. Among them are the unreliability of altimetry and
autopilot systems installed in older airplanes. Additional challenges
are related to limitations of existing ATC equipment, Mode C
altitude-reporting resolution and how quickly a seemingly minor
altitude deviation can quickly become a major loss of separation with
closure rates of 1100 knots or more. As such, RVSM airspace throughout
the world and, beginning in January here in the U.S., will be
considered special qualification airspace, according to
the FAA. Both the individual operator and the specific aircraft type
or types in use must be FAA-approved before the operator conducts
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AWARDS G450 TYPE CERTIFICATE
Gulfstream Aerospace last week said the European Aviation Safety
Agency (EASA) awarded a type certificate for the companys G450
business jet aircraft. The EASA action allows the G450 to be
registered in any of the 25 European Union countries and follows FAA
type certification on Aug. 12. Presently, Gulfstream says the first
G450 will enter service in the second quarter of 2005. Introduced last
year, the G450 is a refinement of the Gulfstream GIV/GIV-SP and
features the exclusive PlaneView cockpit, Honeywell's Primus Epic
Avionics and Visual Guidance System and Gulfstreams Enhanced
Vision System. More...
CUSTOMERS TO TRAIN WITH UNITED AIRLINES
Eclipse Aviation last week announced it had inked a deal with United
Airlines (UAL) to provide pilots of its forthcoming Eclipse 500 very
light jet with a comprehensive flight training program. The deal with
UAL is a reversal of Eclipses original strategy for its
to-be-certificated jet, in which it planned to perform training
in-house. Under the expanded program, Eclipse says its customers will
receive both their initial flight-skills assessment, as well as their
type-rating transition training, at UALs flight training center
in Denver, Colo. A full-motion simulator will be used under a
curriculum jointly developed by Eclipse and UAL. For its part, UAL has
done a separate deal with Boeings Alteon subsidiary to provide
the pilots and other instructors for the Eclipse training program.
YOU SURF ME NOW?
Its just the thing for the gearhead who has everything,
including his own GV: Gulfstream last week said it received the
necessary certification to offer its exclusive ultra-high-speed
Internet connection in the companys long-range business jet.
Gulfstream says the FAA issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)
for the GV allowing the company to install its Broad Band Multi-Link
(BBML) system on all 186 GVs in the fleet. The latest STC follows one
awarded in October for Gulfstreams GIV. Instead of a really long
wire, Gulfstreams BBML system consists of a dish antenna mounted
under the tail radome of the aircraft, an antenna control unit, a
transceiver router and a server. More...
When the U.S. president travels, his trip usually begins and ends
aboard a helicopter designated as Marine One, a reference to the
operator -- the U.S. Marine Corps -- and the importance the service
places on the passenger. The equipment is always a product
manufactured by U.S.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.; usually, its
a VH-3D Sea King operated by HMX-1, Marine Helicopter Squadron One,
based at nearby Andrews AFB. The president also rides aboard a
Sikorsky VH-60N, an executive version of the companys workhorse
Blackhawk, but its cabin is smaller. Unfortunately, those VH-3Ds are
getting a little long in the tooth, the type having first flown in
1959, although current models entered service in 1976. For years,
though, the Marine Corps has had in mind a replacement for the VH-3D;
the only problem is which airframe to choose. More...
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ECHOES MARKET PROJECTIONS
Echoing similar projections by other companies in recent months,
Brazil-based Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. (Embraer)
recently released the results from its own study of corporate aircraft
demand, which estimates an overall market for 7560 business
aircraft in the next 10 years. According to Embraer, the super-midsize
business jet segment is expected to reach 1485 units over the next
decade while anticipated sales of bizjets in the large
segment should reach 945 units in the same period. More...
ADDS TWO BIZJETS
No, not that Delta. Instead, its Delta AirElite Business Jets --
a subsidiary of the scheduled carrier -- that announced last week it
will add two jets, a Learjet 31A and a Hawker 700A, to its Part 135
charter operating certificate. The Learjet 31A will be based at the
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the Hawker 700A
at the Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. Delta AirElite Business Jets is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines and provides aircraft
charter, aircraft management and a fractional ownership program. Now
in its 20th year, Delta AirElite is the only business jet operator
owned by a major U.S. airline, despite United Airlines aborted
attempt to enter the market. More...
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