Shipments Declined In All Three Areas, Billings Ticked Up, GAMA
Sees Strong Fundamentals
GAMA announced the 2011 worldwide shipments and billings figures
Wednesday for general aviation airplanes. Speaking at
GAMA’s “State of the Industry” press conference,
GAMA’s 2012 Chairman Caroline Daniels, chairman and CEO of
ATP, reported that industry shipments were relatively flat in 2011
although total billings were up a fraction of a percent.
Annual Safety Regulation Commission Report Identifies Key Areas
In its 2011 annual safety report, the Safety Regulation
Commission (SRC) confirms that Europe has met its safety targets as
set by ECAC for ATM-related accidents. With data for 2010 showing
an increase in the number of incidents reported, which reflects an
improvement in the reporting culture, a number of key safety areas
to improve have been identified.
The first external weapons test mission was flown by an F-35A
Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft at Edwards Air
Force Base, CA, on February 16th, further expanding the
program’s flight test envelope.
Action Follows Successful Public Aircraft Forum At
The success of the Public Aircraft Forum at Helo-Expo 2012 in
Dallas, Texas will result in the formation of an
industry-government working group to address the changes the FAA is
proposing to Advisory Circular (AC) 00-1.1 A on Public
Part Of An Integration Plan With Other Single-Engine
The final assembly for Cessna's Skycatcher LSA is being moved
from Yingling Aviation in Wichita to the company's single-engine
plant in Independence, KS. The move is reportedly part of a
strategy on the part of Cessna to consolidate its single-engine
operations in Independence in order to make them more
Helicopter Foundation International reports a very busy
Heli-Expo 2012. The foundation held its annual golf tournament,
hosted mentoring panels, and shared a great deal of information
with attendees about its mission and goals. New additions this year
were a silent auction, heritage helicopter display and historical
Solomon Concedes He'll Never Be Confirmed After Battle
March will mark the one-year anniversary of the filing of the
complaint by union machinists who said Boeing was building a new
plant in South Carolina as retaliation for past strikes by the
union in Washington state. Despite the subsequent settlement of the
issue with a contract extension, the National Labor Relations
Board's taking up of the union fight is proving to have
long-lasting political impact.
Heritage Helicopter Display Among The Most Dramatic Of The
Helicopter Foundation International was very busy at Heli-Expo
2012. The foundation held its annual golf tournament, hosted
mentoring panels, and shared a great deal of information with
attendees about our mission and goals. New additions to our plans
for the show this year were a silent auction, heritage helicopter
display and historical interviews.
The high-profile role for Airbus at Singapore’s Changi
Exhibition Centre last week underscored the company’s strong
presence in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for an
important part of its commercial business and represents an
increasingly active industrial base, company officials said.
NY Veterans Hall Of Fame Member Flew 95 WWII Missions
Another of the Tuskegee Airmen has gone west. Captain Clarence
Dart, who flew 95 missions with the Red Tail Squadron and was shot
down twice flying Curtiss P-40s during WWII, passed away Friday at
Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Dart, 91, never
regained consciousness following a stroke on February 4, according
to the Albany Times Union.
One of the most popular ways of getting around New York City is
by helicopter, and with that in mind, American Eurocopter is going
where the potential customers are. The company annouced this week
that it will open a dedicated helicopter sales office in New York
City next month.
A More Detailed Look At The Biggest News Story Of Heli-Expo 2012
Bell helicopter did more than just put on a good show for the attendees of Heli-Expo 2012... they signalled to one and all that they are intent on recapturing past glories. Once the world's pre-eminent helicopter builder, Bell's glory days have been eclipsed by aggressive product development at Eurocopter -- which now proudly carries top billing in the world's heli-builder sweepstakes. It wasn't always that way... and if Bell proves to be good to its word and new direction, it may just topple Eurocopter and go on to lead the heli-world once again.
A More Detailed Look At The Biggest News Story Of Heli-Expo
Bell helicopter did more than just put on a good show for the
attendees of Heli-Expo 2012... they signalled to one and all that
they are intent on recapturing past glories. Once the world's
pre-eminent helicopter builder, Bell's glory days have been
eclipsed by aggressive product development at Eurocopter -- which
now proudly carries top billing in the world's heli-builder
sweepstakes. It wasn't always that way... and if Bell proves to be
good to its word and new direction, it may just topple Eurocopter
and go on to lead the heli-world once again.
Credits Meridian Turboprop Sales For Fueling The Increase
Piper Aircraft reports that it ended 2011 with increased revenue
from new aircraft sales of $131.2 million, up more than nine
percent from $120.2 million a year ago. The increase was fueled
primarily by a favorable mix of Piper's flagship single-engine
Meridian turboprop deliveries in 2011. Piper delivered 32 new
top-end Meridians in 2011 compared with 25 in 2010.
Compliance With Stage 3 Noise Levels Mandated by 2015
The long-term FAA bill signed into law by President Obama last
week requires operators of aircraft which meet FAA Stage 2 noise
levels to modify their aircraft to meet Stage 3 noise limits by the
end of 2015. Section 506 prohibits, after December 31, 2015, the
operation within the 48 contiguous states of jets weighing 75,000
pounds or less not already complying with Stage 3 noise levels,
with some exceptions for temporary operations related to moving
aircraft for modification or sale.
As Many As 40 Percent Of Flights Canceled Over Tax Spat
Debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines, which has struggled financially
for years, is being pressed by the Indian government for answers on
why it has been canceling as many as 40 percent of its flights
(according to an IBN report) in recent days. The airline is telling
the government that a big part of the problem is the tax
authority's freezing of the airline's accounts, which is blocking
payments for operational needs.
Alliance For Aviation Across America Facilitated The
Mayors representing more than 100 communities in 48 states wrote
to President Obama on February 14, urging him to recognize the
contributions of general aviation to the U.S. economy and to drop
his user fee proposal.
NYT, Trade Paper Critical Of 'Wealthy' Noisemakers
New York City is a tough place for the private helicopter
industry to find much sympathy these days. With promised action by
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured) to impose
noise and route restrictions on helicopters operating over Long
Island expected by Memorial Day, local media is painting the issue
as a case of one-percenters trampling the rest of us.
Lt. J.G. Timothy Dorsey Intentionally Shot Down Friendly RF-4C
The world of military aviation is an environment intolerant of
screw-ups. You might think the career of a US Navy junior
lieutenant who intentionally shot a live missile at an Air Force
F-4 during a training exercise, nearly killing two airmen, would
have been over. Instead, the Obama administration has nominated him
for promotion to Admiral.
Jet Fuel Taxes Being Deposited In Highway Trust Fund
The presidents of eight aviation trade associations have sent a
letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. House of
Representatives aviation and highway subcommittees on Feb. 10,
urging them to repeal the “fuel fraud” provision that
was introduced in the 2005 surface transportation act which adds
money to the Highway Trust Fund at the expense of the Airport and
Airway Trust Fund (AATF).
“When Congress passed the ‘Airport Noise and
Capacity Act of 1990’ requiring airlines to phase out noisier
Stage 2 aircraft, it provided some relief to airport neighbors. We
asked Congress to finish what it began in 1990.”
Source: Bob Bogan, Deputy Executive Director at Morristown
Municipal Airport, a founding airport member of Sound Initiative: A
Coalition for Quieter Skies.
A controllable – variable pitch propeller with a range
sufficient enough to allow the blades to be turned parallel to the
line of flight to reduce drag. This is done in the case of engine
failure and is called feathering the prop.