Credits Sales Programs And Tax Incentives For The Surge
Officials at Cessna report an increase in piston aircraft sales
over the past two months, thanks in part to sales programs and tax
incentives set to expire at the end of the year. Cessna has
extended two of its successful programs through the end of 2009 to
coincide with the federal depreciation provision.
Congressman Murtha Says He Won't Insist On Helicopter Funding
In Defense Appropriations Bill
Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) said he will not include funding
for the embattled VH-71 Presidential helicopter program in the
final version of the Defense Appropriations bill despite the fact
only 30 members of the House voted against it.
The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP)
Executive Board has received notice of NetJets Aviation, Inc.'s,
intent to furlough up to 495 pilots; the effective furlough date is
anticipated for mid January 2010.
Remos Aircraft introduced its GX-F amphibious float concept at
AirVenture in July and began flight testing in September. The
company expects to complete the float installation approval and
begin taking orders in the Spring of 2010.
Gippsland Aeronautics announced Thursday that the FAA has
approved the new turbocharged GA8-TC 320 Airvan. The new GA8-TC 320
is powered by a turbocharged Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A rated to 320
horsepower at 40 inches of manifold pressure at 2500 rpm from sea
level to 5000 feet.
Start Of The Aircraft's 180-Hour Flight Test Regimen For
The new dedicated Freighter variant of the A330 flew for the
first time Thursday, a four hour flight over Toulouse. The flight
marks the start of a 180 hour flight-test and certification
campaign, and paves the way for first delivery of the type to
launch operator, Etihad Crystal Cargo, in the summer of 2010.
"I look at fuel prices, I make decision on do I
need to fly or not, I do fewer hundred-dollar hamburgers. But I
pull it out, I'll fly for an hour, and that's more relaxation than
I usually get in a weeks vacation."
Source: AOPA Aviation Summit attendee Pat
One of the technological innovations discussed as being
available for GA Aircraft, and which wil be required for all
aircraft in certain airspace in 11 years, is ADS-B, or Automatic
Dependent, Surveillance Broadcast. It will allow pilots to have
accruate traffic information in the cockpit.