Number 18 — October 26, 2005|
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TECH CENTER GOES GLOBAL
Both the FAA and Bombardier this month celebrated delivery of a
brand-new Global 5000 bizjet to the agency's fleet at the William J.
Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. The new long-range jet
-- which was completed by St. Louis-based Midcoast Aviation with a
unique interior designed for a wide range of future special-mission
workstations -- will be used in the FAA's research and development
program. Why does the FAA need a special-mission-configured Global
5000? Well, according to Bombardier, the jet will serve as an airborne
research and development laboratory, utilizing its "exceptional
payload capacity and endurance." Additionally, the company said, "the
aircraft's cockpit systems and wing design are highly compatible with
the wide range of leading-edge systems and technology that the agency
routinely develop[s] and test[s]." In other words, and since
"leading-edge technology" and "FAA" usually aren't used in the same
sentence, the answer must be that the FAA didn't have one. Now, it
ACHIEVES PERFORMANCE GOALS
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation (SSAC) said earlier this month
that its to-be-certified SJ30-2 light bizjet has met or exceeded all
of the company's performance specifications. Those parameters include
speed, range, altitude and pressurization. The company's numbers
include high-speed cruise of Mach 0.83, which SSAC says is faster than
all light business jets in production, and a maximum range of 2,512 nm
-- though not both at the same time. Presently, the company says it is
finalizing the FAA certification process and expects to obtain its FAA
Type Certificate, as planned, later this year. John Siemens, senior
engineering test pilot for the SJ30-2, commented, It is good to
know that our extensive flight test program has resulted in validation
of our design goals. The SSAC test team has performed numerous tests
to determine optimized performance. More...
ANNOUNCES ROAD TRIP, PICKS NORTHEAST SERVICE CENTER
Eclipse Aviation said this week it is launching a national tour -- its
first -- to showcase the company's Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ).
For the tour, Eclipse will take one of its prototypes, N506EA, to a
series of seven cities during November. At those stops, the
"FAA-conforming VLJ" will be on static display and Eclipse will host a
reception at selected sites. In addition to the just-announced
November tour, Eclipse said it plans to visit additional cities later
this year and in 2006; the specifics will be announced later.
Meanwhile, Eclipse also said it has chosen the Albany (N.Y.)
International Airport (ALB) as the site for its new northeast factory
service center. The to-be-built state-of-the-art maintenance and
service center is one of seven planned by the company; previously
announced locations include Albuquerque, N.M., and Gainesville, Fla.
Construction of the Eclipse Aviation hangar at ALB is expected to
begin in the spring of 2006, with completion later in the year. The
facility will be built just south of the existing Million Air
Terminal. A $1.5 million state grant will be used to assist the
airport in building the new hangar and providing the additional
infrastructure and runway access that will berequired
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PIAGGIO AVANTI DELIVERED
An all-but-forgotten product of the 1980s-era Burt Rutan-inspired
canard-based design for business turboprops celebrated its 100th
delivery this month. And, no, it wasn't a Beech/Raytheon Starship,
which has since been sort of "decommissioned" by the company after
only 53 examples took to the skies. Instead, it was the Piaggio Avanti
P.180 that has finally achieved that milestone; the C-note aircraft
was delivered on Oct. 10 to Avantair at the Piaggio America facilities
in West Palm Beach, Fla. The 100th Avanti was liveried in a customized
Avantair paint scheme. This is a proud moment for everyone at
Piaggio, said Jim Holcombe, COO and executive VP of sales and
marketing of Piaggio America. We are looking forward to
delivering the next 100, and are quite confident the best is yet to
GRANTS SIKORSKY S-92 FULL ICING CERTIFICATION
Just in time for the winter flying season, Sikorsky Aircraft announced
this month the FAA has certified the company's S-92 helicopter, when
equipped with the new Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS), for flight
in known icing conditions. According to Sikorsky, the S-92 thus
becomes the first helicopter directly certified by the FAA to the
newest and most stringent standards. The RIPS is an active system that
determines the temperature and moisture content of ambient air and
applies heat to the main and tail rotor blades to remove any ice
buildup. The FAA granted the known-icing certification after the
company completed final flight tests in Alaska earlier this month.
Those tests also included evaluations by the European Aviation Safety
Agency (EASA) and by Transport Canada, the Canadian certifying agency.
Sikorsky is seeking S-92 RIPS certification from both agencies.
NEW G550 RECORDS
Just in time for next month's National Business Aviation Association
annual meeting and convention, Gulfstream announced earlier in October
some new city-pair speed records for its G550 bizjet. The new flights
bring to 18 the total number of records Gulfstream claims. For one of
them, a privately owned G550 established a new record between São
Paulo, Brazil, and Moscow, Russia. For the other one, between Shanghai
in the Peoples Republic of China and Dallas, Texas, a
company-owned jet was used. Official recognition of the city-pair
speed records by the Fédération Aéronautique
Internationale (FAI) is pending. There are some 60 examples making up
the in-service G550 fleet; collectively they've flown more than 28,000
flight hours and completed some 11,000 takeoffs and landings.
AIRCRAFT NAMES SIMI AS MEDIA REP
Adam Aircraft this week announced it has named Shelly S. Simi as the
company's new public affairs/media relations representative. Simi, who
previously served as vice president of communications for the General
Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), will assist Adam Aircraft
in broadening the companys communications and media relations
activities. "With more than 17 years of experience in the general
aviation marketplace, Shelly has built a solid reputation with the
media. Her knowledge of the industry, coupled with her extensive media
contacts, makes her the ideal choice to help us enhance the Adam
Aircraft presence in industry publications and the mainstream business
press. She will be a tremendous asset in our promotional efforts and
we welcome her as a part of our team, said Joe Walker, Adam
Aircraft President and COO. More...
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OPTIONS NAMES TYLER VICE PRESIDENT, FLIGHT OPERATIONS
Flight Options, the fractional operator affiliated with Raytheon, this
month named Bob Tyler as its new vice president, flight operations.
Tyler joins Flight Options from TAG Aviation, where he most recently
served as vice president, flight operations and standards.
Additionally, he has held positions at Japan Airlines, Eastern Air
Lines and Flight Sciences International Inc. I am proud to
welcome Bob as a member of the Flight Options team, said Michael
Scheeringa, chief operating officer, Flight Options, LLC. His
knowledge of the general aviation industry, proven leadership and vast
flying experience made him the ideal candidate for this
WE KNEW THAT" DEPARTMENT
In the Oct. 12 issue of AVweb's Business AVflash, we erred in
our "Dude, Where's My Bizjet?" story when we listed the identifier for
the Gwinnett County Airport/Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Ga., as
"LVL." We know better -- it's "LZU" -- and can only plead having spent
too much time at high altitude. More...
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