Archive for June, 2010

CAA opposes upgrading wetlands near airport

Monday, June 28th, 2010

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) recently expressed strong opposition to a plan to further conserve and upgrade a wetland located near the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, fearing it will endanger aviation safety.
CAA officials said the Hsutsuo Port Wetland in Taoyuan County’s Dayuan township is only 1.5 kilometers away from the airport, Taiwan’s main international gateway, making a potential source of danger.
Once the wetland is upgraded, the officials feared, more birds will nest there and the growing bird population will consequently create a greater threat to flight safety.
After Taoyuan Airport’s third terminal is built, its new runway area will be only about 1 kilometer away from the wetland, CAA officials said.
“Greater numbers of wild birds visiting or staying in the wetland will potentially pose greater hazards to aircraft taking off or landing,” CAA officials contended.

Single-pilot airliners….

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Embraer is preparing for the possible introduction of airliners designed for single-pilot operation by as early as 2020, following the roll-out of next-generation air traffic management systems in Europe and the USA.

Vice-president for airline market intelligence Luiz Sergio Chiessi says the Brazilian manufacturer is looking to provide “single-pilot capability, at least” in the 2020-25 timeframe.He cautions, however, that much work needs to be done to persuade the travelling public, regulatory authorities and unions that the concept is feasible.”It’s very difficult to predict that this is going to happen, but I believe that we will have to provide capability for eventual implementation into the real world,” says Chiessi.Embraer is the first airliner manufacturer to publicly acknowledge it is in the early stages of studying single-pilot airliners.

Russian Aerovolga LA-8 amphibious aircraft makes its debut at the ILA

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

A newly formed company, Aerovolga from Samara in Russia, can offer something interesting to anyone with an interest in seaplanes. The price of an  seating up to eight people is under one million US dollars, and it is available either with two Czech M-337C or the more expensive American Lycoming O-540 engines. With a maximum take-off weight of 2.7 tonnes it requires a distance of just 450 metres on water to become airborne. Six have already been sold, and three of them are operating in Russia. The manufacturers are aiming to obtain certification by 2012 and Georgij Alafinov, the Aerovolga representative in Geneva, believes that good sales opportunities exist for this aircraft, especially in South America and in parts of South-East Asia, where the LA-8 could be used to supply the many small islands with an inadequate infrastructure. “Keen interest exists in our aircraft in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brazil. We can currently produce 15 aircraft a year and are confident that we shall soon be running at full capacity,” said Alafinov at the ILA.


Boeing presents a model of the Future Transport Helicopter

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

The US concern Boeing has returned to the ILA, where it is focusing on its helicopter division. Information is available not only about the current models, AH-64 Apache, H-47 Chinook and the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey, but also about the light combat and reconnaissance helicopter, the AH-6i. Details will also be provided about project studies such as the Disc Rotor and a Joint Common Airlift System, a fuselage with wings onto which a choice of jet engines or rotors can be mounted. Also on show will be a model of the Future Transport Helicopter, designed to meet the future needs of the German and French armed forces. The 20 metre long fuselage has the internal dimensions of a C-130 Hercules and would be able to carry a load of some 36 tonnes. Boeing were not willing to comment on the announcement by the head of Eurocopter, Lutz Bertling, concerning a joint venture on this project. The US armed forces have so far not indicated any need for such a helicopter, according to Dave Jones, Director Rotorcraft Strategy & Programme Development.

FAA exempts volcano cancellations from slot usage rule

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The US FAA announced on Thursday that flights cancellations caused by volcanic ash during April will not affect slot assignments at two major US gateways.

The FAA says it “will grant relief from the use-or-lose requirements for all carriers operating scheduled flights at JFK and EWR to or from points in Europe during the period from April 14 through 26, 2010.”

The ruling is in response to a request made by Continental Airlines, which has an international gateway at Newark, in May.

The carrier argued that cancellations should be exempt due to the ash created by the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökul volcano in April.

Currently, carriers must utilize slots at least eighty percent of the time, or they will be withdrawn.

The agency believes that allowing slots to go unused 20% of the time accounts for “routine” cancellations. The FAA concluded that ash-related cancellations are “unusual circumstances” that justify a “limited waiver of the minimum slot usage.”

In addition, the FAA ruled that it will “grant similar relief on an individual carrier basis” to airlines that face cancellations due to ash through 30 October.

Carriers must contact the FAA Slot Administration Office to receive a waiver.

FAA to establish ops specs for non-US charter outfits…

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that could provide a somewhat simpler means for non-U.S. charter operators to make trips to the U.S.

According to the FAA, the new language would “clarify and standardize the rules for applications by foreign air carriers and foreign persons for operations specifications and establish new standards for amendment, suspension or termination of those operations specifications.”

The rule would apply to non-U.S. commercial operators and to foreign operators flying U.S.-registered aircraft outside the U.S. Foreign air carriers must meet the requirements of Part 129, but there are currently no provisions for operations specifications in Part 129.

The new rule would add Part 129.5 (operations specifications), 129.7 (application, issuance or denial of operations specifications) and 129.9 (contents of operations specifications). U.S. charter operators face few constraints when flying trips to Europe, yet without this new rule, European operators face cumbersome and obstructive measures that make it hardly worthwhile to apply for Part 129 approval.

BAA stops third runway at Heathrow…

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The British Airports Authority (BAA) said it will not seek planning application for a third runway at London’s Heathrow and Stansted airports following a change in UK government policy.

Colin Matthews, BAA’s CEO said: “We recognize the importance of government policy in a matter as significant and controversial as runway capacity. The policy intentions of the new government are clear and it is no longer appropriate for us to purchase properties.”

David Johnston, Stansted Airport’s managing director added: “We have reflected carefully on the new Government’s clear intention to change its airports policy and have moved quickly to withdraw this application.”

The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA), says the BAA decision may benefit the charter industry in the long run. The group, which represents air charter brokers said the eventual lack of runway space is likely to cause congestion and delays for freight.

“When that happens, using charter aircraft via the smaller regional airports will become an even more attractive option,” said BACA Chairman, Dick Gilbert. “Of course, this is good for the smaller airports and the local economy as well as for the charter market.”

BACA membership includes 125 companies representing air brokers, charter airlines, airports, business aircraft operators, freight forwarders and consultants.

Addition of a new Gulfstream IV SP to Teterboro, USA

Monday, June 7th, 2010

A private aviation services company, has recently added a Gulfstream IV SP to their fleet of charter aircraft. The premium large cabin Gulfstream is based in Teterboro, New Jersey (TEB) and is available for charter. 

“We are very pleased with the addition of another Gulfstream IVSP to The Meridian Fleet,” said Mike Moore, Meridian’s Director of Aviation Sales and Aircraft Management. “We are thrilled to offer our clients maximum flexibility in today’s global market with an aircraft of this caliber.” 

Configured comfortably for 13, the earth-toned interior of the stand-up cabin is enriched with soft, camel colored, plush, leather seats and a soft sable sofa complimented by luminous walls and a cream colored headliner. The exquisite woodwork presents a soft brown, honey golden hue. The aft located private lavatory with sink is also easily accessible and comfortable.

Falcon 2000-Series Reduced Landing Distances

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Dassault is about to receive certification for a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut Falcon 2000-series landing distances, chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN last month. The technique will reduce landing distances by approximately 150 feet, thus helping the 2000DX/EX/LX meet London City Airport requirements.