Details are still very sketchy, but multiple media sources are
saying that a bipartisan compromise has been reached to end the
partial shutdown of the FAA. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made
a statement earlier today (Thursday) saying that the deal had been
GA Shipments Worldwide Fell 15.5 Percent Compared To 2010
GAMA released the shipment and billings figures for the first
half of the year Thursday, and the news is not particularly good.
In the first six months of 2011, total general aviation (GA)
airplane shipments worldwide fell 15.5 percent, from 936 in 2010 to
791 this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $7.3
billion, down 22.3 percent.
Commercial Aviation Approved To Use A 50 Percent Blend Of Hydro
Processed Biofuel In Planes
Biobased jet fuel may be poised for significant growth in the
commercial market as the ASTM International Committee on Petroleum
Products and Lubricants has approved the addition of an annex to
the biojet fuel specification D7566.
Last-Minute Lobbying Stalls August 1 Implementation Of
Direct appeals to the White House Office of Management and
Budget by charter and cargo airlines have prompted the
administration to review new FAA crew rest rules, potentially
adding weeks or months to the date on which they might take
Adds NAV CANADA IFR En-route Charts And Terminal
ForeFlight announced its expansion into Canada on
Wednesday, and the immediate availability of the ForeFlight
Canada subscription plan. The Canada offering adds NAV CANADA IFR
en-route charts and terminal procedures to ForeFlight Mobile for
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. ForeFlight is the first app for Apple
iOS to provide in-flight access to NAV CANADA charting
Nearly 40,000 baseball fans watched the Leap Frogs, the U.S.
Navy parachute demonstration team, perform during the opening
ceremony of a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game as part of Los
Angeles' inaugural Navy Week, July 30. The Leap Frogs, composed of
parachuting experts from Naval Special Warfare, also performed at
Santa Monica Pier and Knott's Berry Farm July 31, and made an
appearance at the Summer X-Games in support of Navy Week.
Princeton Review Slots The Academy High In Several
The Air Force Academy received top-10 rankings in most available
professors, low drug and alcohol use, and best school
administration, according to The Best 376 Colleges book, released
today by Princeton Review. The Princeton Review ranks the Air
Force Academy's faculty fifth in the nation in "most accessible
professors" and ranked the Academy's administration as No. 9 in the
nation in "School Runs Like Butter."
Drought Uncovers Cryogenic Hydrogen Tank in Lake
A drought in Texas which has lowered the level of Lake
Nacogdoches has uncovered a four-foot diameter metal sphere,
which has been identified as a part of the Space Shuttle
Columbia, which broke up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere in
Woman Claims Her Now-Dead Uncle Was The Infamous Skyjacker
A woman claiming to be the niece of the man who called himself
D.B. Cooper is apparently responsible for the FBI's renewed
interest in the case. ABC News reports that Marla Cooper was the
person who provided personal items and a photo to the agency which
are being used to try to close the case.
Service Has Four Bombardier Global 5000 Aircraft On Order
ExecuJet Europe has successfully completed the last round of
pilot training for the German Air Force. The final training, on
Bombardier Global Express aircraft, took place in June in South
America, covering as many as eight countries over seven days.
'Business Opportunity' With Fuel Broker RMT Holdings
At the close of trading last week, Brian Kistler, CEO, Freedom
Energy Holdings said that that the company has been presented with
a "major new business opportunity" in the aviation sector, as a
result of its recently announced commercial joint venture agreement
with RMT Holding, Inc ("RMT"). RMT is a foreign based
commodities trading company, dealing primarily in the purchase and
sale of jet fuel and heavy diesel term contracts on a global
Boeing, Embraer, IDB Examine Long-Term Production Of Fuel From
A group consisting of Boeing, Embraer, and the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) will jointly fund a sustainability analysis
of producing renewable jet fuel sourced from Brazilian sugarcane.
The study will evaluate environmental and market conditions
associated with the use of renewable jet fuel produced by Amyris.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will serve as an independent reviewer
Nightly Webcasts Keep You Up To Date On Events
At The Show- Day Four!!
Welcome to our Thursday wrap-up of the days events at
AirVenture, 2011. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt made his third
appearance at AirVenture as head of the regulatory agency, and in
many ways gave the same speech as he has the past two years.
Each Leader Says The Other Chamber Is To Blame. Politics,
In what can best be described as dueling news releases, the
chairs of the committees responsible for producing legislation
funding the FAA each blamed members of opposite chamber, and party,
for the ongoing partial shutdown of the agency.
Secretary Writes That 74,000 Workers, Off The Job In FAA
Stalemate, Pay The Price
The following post appeared Wednesday on Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood's Blog "Fast Lane": "At airports across
America, projects representing $11 billion in work and 70,000
construction jobs and jobs in related fields sit idle because
Congress has failed to reauthorize the Federal Aviation
Very Little That A Strong Economic Recovery Won't Fix
In the aftermath of recent GA acquisitions – Piper by a
venture arm of the government of Brunei, Cirrus and Continental
Motors by AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China), the huge,
Chinese-government-owned aviation company – a great deal of
concern has been expressed over the general health of GA. Of
course, the impact of the recession which hit in full force in
September, 2008, hit GA perhaps harder than any other industry.
US Senate Already Questioning Nominee's Pessimistic Predictions
For F-35 Costs
The White House has nominated Ashton Carter to be the next
Deputy Defense Secretary. But Carter is already being
questioned on crucial F-35 program cost estimates by a bipartisan
group of six senators.
Newest Member Of The 747 Family On Track For Certification,
The new Boeing 747-8 freighter successfully completed its
certification flight test program Tuesday, with two airplanes
landing at Paine Field in Everett, WA. Flight test airplane RC522
completed testing of the flight management computer (FMC) and RC523
completed function & reliability (F&R) testing.
Executive Has Overseen Turnarounds At Three U.S. Companies
John Graber has been named president of CHC Helicopter
Services, the parent company CHC Helicopter announced Tuesday.
Graber, who reports directly to CHC Helicopter president and CEO,
Bill Amelio, replaces interim president Scott Pinfield. Over his
career, Graber has led successful turnarounds for three major
Wants President Obama To Take The Lead In In Putting The FAA
"Back In Business"
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President
Greg Principato on Wednesday urged President Obama to bring
Congress back into session and resolve the shutdown of the FAA in
order to “put the FAA back in business.”
“In a stunning display of politics over people,
the House Republicans’ insistence on attaching anti-worker
provisions to an aviation bill has brought about a terrible
stalemate that is hurting the economy." Source: Senate
Transportation Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).
“Senate Democrats have no one to blame but themselves
for this partial shutdown of FAA programs and airport
projects.” Source: House Transportation
Committee Chair John Mica (R-FL).