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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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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...
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 Bombardiers 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, its 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...
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...
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.
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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 corporations two main operating
groups. A total of 60 corporate office positions will be eliminated.
Casualties included Michael Denham, former senior vice president of
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.
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).
MAYOR RECOGNIZED FOR AIRPORT NOISE EFFORTS
No, not that mayor. Instead, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Mayor Arlene J.
Mulder, chairperson of the OHare 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.
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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