Volume 3, Number 2 -- January 26, 2005

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RVSM GOES INTO EFFECT, QUIETLY
You might not have noticed, especially if your flight operations don't take you that high, but last week the FAA quietly implemented its long-planned reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in domestic U.S. airspace. By all accounts, neither operators nor the agency encountered major problems, in part because both sides have literally had years to prepare. That, and RVSM really is nothing all that new for anyone accustomed to international flight operations of any consequence. Still, implementing the 1000-foot vertical separation standard between Flight Levels 290 and 410, inclusive, within domestic airspace brought with it much hand-wringing among operators and other segments of the industry. Note, also, that in addition to U.S. airspace, RVSM was implemented on Jan. 20 in Canadian Southern Domestic airspace, Mexico, throughout the Caribbean and in South American regions. More...

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IAI ROLLS OUT GULFSTREAM'S G150
Gulfstream Aerospace on Jan. 18 rolled out the first copy of its G150 business jet from the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) manufacturing facility in Tel Aviv, Israel. Attending the ceremony were certifying authorities, supplier representatives and members of the G150's development team. First announced in September 2002, the G150 remains on schedule for customer deliveries in the third quarter of 2006. As successive copies of the G150 are built and certified by both the FAA and the Israel Civil Aviation Authority, examples will be flown to Gulfstream's Dallas facility for the final phase of its manufacturing. "Our Gulfstream team in Israel has done an excellent job managing the design and build of the first G150," said Bryan Moss, president of Gulfstream. "They've sacrificed time away from their families to ensure this project is on budget and on schedule." More...

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BOMBARDIER GLOBAL EXPRESS XRS MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT
Earlier in January, on the 16th and half a world away in Toronto, Bombardier took its new-generation Global Express XRS business jet for its initial spin -- what the company called a "rigorous" four-hour, four-minute flight. The jet departed Bombardier’s Downsview, Ontario, facility and, before landing, reached a maximum altitude of 47,000 feet and a maximum true airspeed of 518 knots. Launched in October 2003, Bombardier expects to receive the XRS's first Certificate of Airworthiness soon, to be followed by customer deliveries of completed aircraft in the first quarter of 2006. According to company officials, the first flight was used to test basic system functionality and assess aircraft handling and flying qualities. "Even with its increased fuel load, it’s clear the Global Express XRS displays all the same extraordinary handling capabilities and aerodynamic performance of a Global Express – the best business jet in the world to fly,” noted Capt. Manny Garyfalakis, manager of Bombardier flight operations, a 29-year career pilot who guided the aircraft on its first flight. More...

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RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY DELIVERS 6000TH BEECHCRAFT KING AIR
Forty-one years after rolling out the first example, Raytheon Aircraft Company announced this week it had delivered its 6000th Beechcraft King Air, a B200. The company last year celebrated the type's 40th anniversary with a special-edition King Air 350, which made its debut EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh then toured the U.S. until it was delivered in Las Vegas during the 2004 NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. "The delivery of this 6,000th King Air, serial BB1884, is a tribute to all ... who have worked on this magnificent aircraft,” said Randy Groom, president of Beechcraft. More...

PILATUS CELEBRATES THE 500TH PC-12 BUSINESS TURBOPROP
Meanwhile, another turboprop maker marked a milestone: In just 10 years of production, Pilatus Aircraft has racked up the 500th delivery of its popular single-engine business turboprop. According to Pilatus, the PC-12 has been the top-selling turbine-powered aircraft in general aviation for the past three years in a row, and orders for 2005 continue at a record pace. The 500th PC-12 was purchased by Mr. Scott Archer, managing director of The Barclay Group of Scottsdale, Ariz. More...

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BOMBARDIER REDUCES, REORGANIZES CORPORATE OFFICES
Bombardier Inc., parent company of Bombardier Aerospace, last week announced reorganizing its corporate office and decentralizing certain responsibilities among its subsidiaries. The reorganization follows the previously announced creation of the Office of the President that regroups strategic and executive management responsibilities around the chairman and chief executive officer and the presidents of the corporation’s two main operating groups. A total of 60 corporate office positions will be eliminated. Casualties included Michael Denham, former senior vice president of strategy. More...

GILLETTE NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO, HONEYWELL AEROSPACE
Honeywell earlier this month named Robert J. Gillette president and CEO of its $9.8 billion aerospace business. Gillette succeeds Robert D. Johnson, who plans to retire in January 2006, and who will remain with the company for a year as a non-executive chairman of aerospace. Gillette has been with Honeywell since 1996 and was named president and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems in July 2001. More...

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AVFUEL TANKS UP
If you think you're seeing a lot more Avfuel signs at the FBOs you frequent, you're right. Avfuel Corporation announced this month that 53 dealers joined its network in 2004. Among new dealers the company has added are L.J. Aviation, Latrobe, Penn. (LBE); Lehigh Northampton Airport, Allentown, Penn. (ABE); Flower Aviation, Garden City, Kan. (GCK); Ranger Jet Center, Orlando, Fla. (ISM); Degol Jet Center, Montoursville, Penn. (IPT); Montgomery Aviation, Indianapolis, Ind., (TYQ), and Jet Service Center, Ft. Pierce, Fla. (FPR). More...

CHICAGO-AREA MAYOR RECOGNIZED FOR AIRPORT NOISE EFFORTS
No, not that mayor. Instead, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Mayor Arlene J. Mulder, chairperson of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, was named recipient of the 2005 Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award, co-sponsored by the American Associate of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Airports Consultants Council (ACC) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The award is presented to the person or persons judged to have contributed most outstandingly during the recent past toward achieving compatible relationships between airports and/or heliports and adjacent environments. More...

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NEW SECURITY DEVICE PREVENTS AIRCRAFT THEFT AND TAMPERING
Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) announced last week introduction of its Secure Start 1000 product, an anti-terrorist security device presently certified on most King Air, Diamond, Beechjet and Cessna Caravan models. The system consists of installing a double-access code keyboard to be used before starting an aircraft. According to Raytheon, the patent-pending design does not compromise flight safety and remains unlocked during flight. More...

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