Archive for April, 2011

Legacy 650 Jet continues long-range flight demonstrations

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Embraer’s Legacy 650 large executive jet recently completed a round trip between São Paulo and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), located 20 miles (32 km) north of Miami.

Following the Dubai-London flight (3,500 nautical miles or 6,482 kilometers) accomplished  last year, this time the Legacy 650 demonstrator covered 3,641 nautical miles (6,743 kilometers) of ground distance in 8 hours and 48 minutes on the Miami-bound leg. The flight was conducted with nine occupants – six passengers and three crew members – aboard a typically equipped Legacy 650. On the southbound leg, the aircraft flew nearly the same ground distance – 3,623 nautical miles (6,710 kilometers) – in 8 hours and 43 minutes, but carrying 11 occupants – eight passengers and three crew members.

“We’re pleased to demonstrate the Legacy 650’s nonstop capabilities on such a key route for Latin America, and particularly for the Brazilian market,” said Claudio Galdo Camelier, Embraer Vice President, Marketing – Executive Jets. “This is another proof that the Legacy 650 delivers intercontinental range with excellent payload capacity. The aircraft offers a maximum range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 kilometers) with the comfort of three distinct cabin zones, the longest cabin and the largest baggage compartment in its class.” 

The Legacy 650 was certified in October 2010 by both the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Authority (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Last February, the jet was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Change of chair for Civil Aviation Authority

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has announced the appointment of Nigel Gould as Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) following the resignation of Rick Bettle, who has been Chair of the Authority since 2006.

“Mr Gould brings an impressive mix of governance experience and leadership capability which will serve the CAA well at an important time for the organisation.

“The CAA is an organisation going through a period of significant challenges and changes and Rick Bettle has tendered his resignation to allow a new pair of hands to implement and see through the change.”

Among the challenges facing the CAA are implementing the recommendations of the Office of the Auditor-General’s report on The Civil Aviation Authority progress with improving certification and surveillance (June 2010), and completing value for money and funding reviews that consider the appropriate future services, capability, and funding model for the CAA to ensure it is an effective regulator.

Mr Joyce says the CAA is working hard to address issues arising from these reviews, and he wants to ensure the momentum for change is maintained. “I would like to thank Rick Bettle for his commitment and contribution to the CAA over the last four and a half years. I wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

Mr Gould’s appointment is for the period from 6 April 2011 to 31 October 2013.