Embraer has been granted final type and production certification
for the EMBRAER 170 airliner from the Brazilian Centro Tecnico
Aerospacial (CTA). A letter of recommendation from the European
Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and issuance of a final type
certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
will follow shortly.
Embraer also expects the newly established European Aviation Safety
Agency (EASA) to issue its type certificate for the EMBRAER 170
early next week. Awarding of final type certification for the
EMBRAER 170 paves the way for the first deliveries and allows the
aircraft to enter revenue service. Embraer expects deliveries to
LOT Polish Airlines, Alitalia and U.S. Airways to begin
Our good friends at AOPA tell ANN that the State of New Jersey
this week signed a deal to buy South Jersey Regional Airport (VAY)
in Lumberton. It's part of the state's innovative plan to maintain
what it calls the core aviation requirements of the state.
"By purchasing development rights or outright buying airports, Gov.
James McGreevey and the state division of aeronautics is taking
concrete steps to ensure the state has adequate aviation
infrastructure," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.
Georgia state representatives this week approved a bill (House
Bill 886) sponsored by House Speaker Terry Coleman (D-Dist. 118) to
ensure that public-use airports remain open. One of Coleman's
allies, Rep. Don Wix (D-Dist. 33), contacted AOPA early for
guidance in drafting the legislation.
The bill would require the sponsor of a public-use airport, whether
publicly or privately owned, to maintain the facility in a "safe
and serviceable condition to serve aeronautical users" and take no
actions that would close or render the airport unusable for 20
years from the date of the most recent financial assistance.
ANN's Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, spent considerable time in
Washington, DC, last week on a very active tour of political
offices, alphabet associations and government agencies. It was an
illuminating week. In coming days, that trip will have a big impact
on the structure and direction of a number of stories we've planned
for you but a few comments seem proper at the get-go. Here's his
First of all; the quality of leadership, of late, in the aviation
world has never been quite this good. While the jury is still out
on NBAA's new President Shelley Longmuir; leadership and senior
staffing (in particular) for organizations like GAMA, NATA, AEA,
and AOPA has never been more impressive... or as effective.
The very colorful Brazilian Air Force Demonstration team, the
Esquadrilha da Fumaca (The Smoke Squadron), has been involved in a
significant training accident. At least two aircraft collided in
flight, requiring each flight crew to use ejection seats to avoid
There were four crewmen on board the two aircraft. Major Luiz
Francisco Tolosa, Captain Marcio Guimaraes de Oliveira, Captain
Jose Marcio de Almeida and Tenente Fabricio Calomeno Axe all
egressed the aircraft safely and were examined and released by
Enstrom Helicopter has scored yet another performance upgrade
for its turbine whirlybird. Enstrom has received FAA certification
for a change in the 480B operations limitations that increases the
maximum altitude for takeoff and landings at 3,000 pounds gross
weight from 2,100 feet density altitude to 10,000 feet density
“Enstrom worked with the FAA to clean up some loose ends from
when the certification basis changed from CAR 6 to FAR 27 and
eliminate the Takeoff/Landing Gross Weight Limitations from the
Rotorcraft Flight Manual,” said William Taylor, director of
engineering. This is the latest development in Enstrom’s
ongoing product improvement program to enhance its turbine
Mooney Speed Freaks have yet another reason to give into their
unending lust for speed. Power Flow Systems has announced a $500
reduction in the cost of their STC’d tuned exhaust system for
180 hp Mooneys. The special sale price of $3,990 will last until
the end of June.
Power Flow claims that their technology substantially
increases the evacuation of exhaust gases from the engine’s
cylinders resulting in more efficient operation and enhanced
The Liberty XL-2 has apparently received it's long awaited and
oft-delayed TC. Liberty announced, late Thursday, that the FAA has
been granted a FAR Part 23 TC for the two-place, single-engine
Liberty XL2. The company claims that the Liberty XL2 is the first
piston-powered aircraft to be certified with a true Full Authority
Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system.
This milestone comes after lengthy delays and unfulfilled promises
as a once-promising aircraft program has encountered a number of
problems and difficulties... not the least of which were hefty
price increases over the original concept, customer
dissatisfaction, a number of incidents involving demo aircraft
(mostly simple "fender-benders"), and conflicting stories put forth
by a company that has wasted a lot of its early
The DoD has partnered with the FAA to give enlisted mechanics in
the military the same credentials as their civilian counterparts.
For Sailors and Marines, the Navy and Marine Corps Airframes and
Powerplant Program (NMCAPP) has been established at the Center for
Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), to ensure all aviation
technicians are given the opportunity to earn the federal
agency’s industry standard certification. In the past,
military experience was not widely recognized by the FAA,
significantly decreasing Sailor and Marine marketability in the
“Trying to get a civilian job without an A&P License is
similar to trying to gain access to a military base without the
proper credentials--almost impossible,” said CNATT NMCAPP
The story is just starting to make the rounds, so we
can't/shouldn't ignore it... but an aviation legend is undergoing
some legal heartache, courtesy of his 3 of his 4 kids.
The legendary Chuck Yeager, who has remarried, is undergoing some
family problems due to his children's mistrust/dislike of his new
spouse. Yeager, 81, married 45 year old Victoria Scott D'Angelo
(pictured together, above) last August after having lost his wife
Glennis to cancer over 13 years before.
Yeager's principal foe in the upcoming legal battle is his
daughter, Susan. She has filed a claim over yeager's 1.35 million
dollar ranch, charging that Chuck's new spouse is an "undue
influence" over him. A trial is scheduled for this May, in a Nevada
county Superior Court.
An intriguing briefing paper from Forecast International seems
to have some good news for turboshaft powerplant manufacturers. The
report told the ANN crew that "rising worldwide demand" for new
military helicopters, combined with large-scale U.S. re-engining
requirements, will propel an otherwise flat turboshaft engine
market to higher levels during the coming decade, according to a
Forecast International market analysis. "The Market for Aviation
Turboshaft Engines: 2004-2013" points to several key U.S. military
programs that will drive production of current-technology
turboshaft engines; it also describes emerging military
requirements mandating new and more efficient powerplant
While the details are somewhat sketchy, ANN has learned that
EASA, the new European Aviation Safety Agency, has approved the
power modification request for the SMA SR305-230, Approval No.
2004-163, the maximum continuous power of the SMA's engine is now
validated at 230hp.
Prior to the approval date the maximum continuous power declared
was 200hp with maximum take-off power of 230hp limited to 5
minutes. Today, take-off power and maximum continuous power are
equal and without limitations.
This modification has no impact on engine architecture and will
provide SMA's customers with increased performance...
Two F/A-18 Hornets, being preserved at the NAVAIR Depot North
Island Test Line awaiting induction for the Center Barrel Plus
Program, will have their 15 minutes of fame later this year. The
aircraft will serve as background for a made for television movie
scheduled to be aired in late summer or early fall on the Disney
According to Lt. Jose Fikes, with the Navy Office of Information in
Los Angeles, the aircraft are providing the background for several
scenes in “Tiger Cruise” that was filmed aboard USS
John C. Stennis (CVN 74) pier side at the North Island naval air
Bombardier Aerospace’s Q400, billed as the world’s
most advanced turboprop airliner, has departed on a demonstration
tour that will parade its capabilities before potential customers
in 15 countries. The aircraft will also be showcased in the
Bombardier Aerospace static display at the Asian Aerospace 2004 air
show at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from February
The aircraft has a North American interior configuration with 70
seats at 33-inch pitch. The Bombardier Q400 is normally configured
with between 68 and 78 seats, however SAS Commuter of Scandinavia
operates a Bombardier Q400 with 58 seats at 35-inch pitch in
an all-business class configuration.
HAI tells ANN that after considerable work between their Flight
Operations Committee and the FAA’s General Aviation and
Commercial Division (AFS-800), the FAA, through a revision in its
General Aviation Operations Inspector’s Handbook, FAA Order
8700.1, Change 28, dated December 18, 2003, now authorizes
helicopters to conduct COPTER ILS approaches to Decision Heights
(DH) below 200 feet at Category II facilities.
The change is delineated in Chapter 59 and states, “Copter
ILS Approach Approval – Authorizations issued after a
successful demonstration of this capability provides the holder the
authority to descend to a DH of less than 200 feet with less than
1800 feet visibility, while conducting a Copter ILS approach CAT II
Executive Jet Management has opened a new Charter Services
office at the San Jose Center at the San Jose International Airport
to serve the San Francisco bay area.
Handling Executive Jet Management's west coast business will be
Amanda North who joined EJM as a regional vice president of Charter
Services and Beth Stebenne who will be EJM's charter service
manager. Both will be based at the San Jose Center.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of France will host
the 22nd World Assembly of the International Council of Aircraft
Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA), 20-25 April 2004 in Toulouse,
France. Topics facing international delegates to the biennial
gathering of the World Assembly include air traffic services,
airport and airspace access, user fees, security and the business
of running their associations.
"IAOPA is proof that there is strength in unity," said IAOPA
President Phil Boyer. "Together, our 60 organizations present a
formidable front for general aviation and aerial work in
international forums. The work done at the World Assembly allows us
to share information and ideas, and lets us plan for the years