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CHANGE AT BOMBARDIER
Canadian business and regional jet manufacturer Bombardier Inc.,
jettisoned its chief executive on Monday amid poor financial results,
lowered growth projections and apparent internal disagreements coupled
with public uncertainty over the company's direction. Paul Tellier,
who was president and chief executive officer as well as director,
became a casualty after telling Bombardier's board of directors that
he planned to leave when his contract expired in a year -- the board
apparently felt there was no time like the present. As a result,
Bombardier's top management is being reshuffled, with a new Office of
the President being created. That office will be headed by Executive
Chairman Laurent Beaudoin; André Navarri, president of Bombardier
Transportation, and Pierre Beaudoin, president and chief operating
officer of Bombardier Aerospace, each of whom has been appointed
executive vice president of Bombardier Inc., will also occupy that
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WATCH: GA THREAT, VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS NOT
In publicly releasing its long-awaited report
on general aviation security (PDF), the U.S. Government
Accountability Office (GAO) last week said that the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) "and other federal agencies have not
conducted an overall systematic assessment of threats to, or
vulnerabilities of, general aviation to determine how to better
prepare against terrorist threats." This, of course, is to no one's
great surprise. While the GAO found that TSA had conducted
vulnerability assessments at specific airports and intends to
"implement a risk management approach to better assess threats and
vulnerabilities of general aviation aircraft and airports," the agency
had no specific milestone-oriented plan to do so and lacked the
funding to inspect each of the 19,000 GA airports in the U.S. The FAA
also came in for a dollop of criticism, with the GAO noting that
AVweb's Favorite Aviation Agency had not "established written
policies or procedures for reviewing and revalidating the continuing
need for extended flight restrictions that limit access to airspace
for indefinite periods of time and could negatively affect the general
aviation industry." More...
PILOTS CONTINUE TO VIOLATE TFRS
Some other tidbits in the GAO study have to do with temporary flight
restrictions (TFRs) and how often they are violated. According to the
GAO, numerous operators and airports have suffered a "negative
economic impact" -- that's government-speak for "losing money" -- as a
result of TFRs and other steps. The GAO cited, but did not assess, an
NBAA study estimating that GA operators and businesses have lost more
than $1 billion from the impact of TFRs since September 11, 2001.
Perhaps most significantly, the GAO cited both the TSA and the FAA, as
well as industry organizations, to decry the "increase in the number,
size, and duration of TFRs and, at times, limited notice given prior
to their establishment." For example, the GAO said "the Washington,
D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone has been violated over 1,000
times, constituting over 40 percent of all TFR violations since
September 11, 2001." Yet, according to the GAO, "no TFR violations
have been shown to be terrorist related." More...
OPENS WORLD'S LARGEST GA MAINTENANCE FACILITY
Cessna last week celebrated the grand opening of its Wichita Citation
Service Center, which it touts as the world's largest general aviation
maintenance facility, with the cutting of 25-foot-long red ribbon. The
complex includes five hangars, three of which are 60,000 square feet
in size, plus numerous customer lounges and offices, flight-planning
areas, a restaurant, and a gift shop. The facility's exterior features
a dedicated run-up area, two compass roses, and four fuel farms. Some
of the functions to be located at the new facility include Cessna
propeller and Citation product support, CESCOM, and propeller and
Citation technical publications. Cessna anticipates the facility will
be 100 percent operational by Jan. 3, 2005, when it will house
approximately 600 Cessna employees. The company expects to hire
approximately 500 additional workers to staff the center over the next
five years; many of these employees will be Airframe and Powerplant
(A&P) mechanics More...
GETS EASA PART 145 OKAY FOR LUTON FACILITY
Gulfstream Aerospace this week announced that its London-Luton
Airport-based service center received Part 145 approval from the
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Nov. 29. The new approval
replaces the previous Joint Aviation Authorities repair station
authorization and allows the U.K. facility to perform base and line
maintenance activities. The Luton service was acquired by Gulfstream
in April 2003 and became the company's first non-U.S. service center.
"This approval enables us to continue to provide business-jet owners
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FLIGHT TESTING MOVES FORWARD
As AVweb reported Monday, Eclipse Aviation Corporation on
Saturday rolled out its first certification flight test aircraft
equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610F turbofan
engines. Eclipse 500, N503EA, is scheduled for its first flight by
Dec. 31, 2004. Vern Raburn, Eclipse president and CEO, said, "Over the
coming months, we will have five test aircraft flying as well as
airframes for static and fatigue testing. The Eclipse 500 remains on
track for FAA certification in March 2006." More...
ANNOUNCES 2004 LAWRENCE D. BELL MEMORIAL AWARD RECIPIENT
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) last week announced
that Elling Halvorson, chairman of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters,
Inc., is the recipient of the association's 2004 Lawrence D. Bell
Award. The award will be presented Feb. 7, 2005, at HELI-EXPO in
Anaheim, Calif., during HAI's 44th annual "Salute to Excellence"
awards ceremony. During his 37-year association with HAI, Halvorson
has twice served as its chairman as well as in the assistant
treasurer, treasurer and vice chairman slots. More...
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DELIVERS FIRST CITATION CJ3
While they were gearing up to open their new maintenance facility, the
men and women at Cessna took a break on Dec. 1 to deliver the
company's first Citation CJ3. In presenting the keys to the first CJ3,
Cessna marked the third new Citation model to enter service in 2004;
earlier this year Cessna certified and delivered the first Citation
XLS and Citation Sovereign. "The CJ3 is an excellent addition to the
family of CitationJets," stated Cessna's president and CEO Jack
Pelton. The CJ3's delivery comes just two years after the program was
announced at the 2002 NBAA Convention. Cessna has received over 130
non-refundable CJ3 orders worth over $800 million. More...
STINE REACHES 25-YEAR MILESTONE AT NBAA
Long-time NBAA staffer Bill Stine last week marked his 25th year with
the association. Presently serving the association as director of
international operations, Stine has been the association's spokesman
on matters involving international business aviation, communications,
navigation and surveillance since 1979. He served as staff liaison for
the NBAA International Operators Committee for six years, was the
first executive officer of the International Business Aviation
Council, Ltd. (IBAC), and later served as that organization's director
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FLIES NEW SINGLE
It was five years in development, but collective efforts by three
Chinese organizations to design, assemble, and fly a new single-engine
airplane came to fruition Dec. 7. The five-seat plane, dubbed "AC500"
or "Air Car 500," made its first flight in Nanjing, capital of east
China's Jiangsu Province. The Nanjing Light Aircraft Company Ltd. and
the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics developed the
plane while the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group based in Nanchang
produced it. Projected pricing is 3.6 million yuan (US $433,734),
according to Nanjing Light Aircraft Company. More...
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