The work of major aviation advocacy organizations — the so-called “alphabet groups,” including the NBAA, NATA, AOPA and others — is well understood by the public and the aviation community. What is too often overlooked, however, is the underlying role that local aviation associations play in countering a variety of more local threats and challenges, from keeping airports open to organizing opposition to restrictive issues like user fees and oppressive taxation.
Living through the fear, distrust, and implicit threats of the Cold War, aviation professionals on either side of the Iron Curtain likely could never, in their wildest imaginings, have conjured a time when Boeing Aircraft would operate a design office in Moscow. Or, along with arch-rival Airbus, would market jetliners to new private-sector Russian airlines. Or – even more implausible – that Western corporate executives and employees would travel freely within “Mother Russia” in business jets built in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.
“If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn’t call it research, would we?” — Albert Einstein
Vicki Cox, senior vice president and supervisor of the FAA’s NextGen program, likes to cite the iconic physicist’s famous quote when discussing the challenges implicit in bringing her agency’s ambitious ATC automation plan to reality.
A “perfect storm” of challenges to business aircraft ownership — whether whole or fractional — is brewing in Washington, D.C., and beyond with potential far-reaching impact not only on aircraft ownership but the managed-aircraft charter business model.
The December 2008 release of the Brazilian accident investigation report for the 2006 inflight collision of a Gol Linhas Aéreas Boeing 737-800 and an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet over the Amazon sent a disquieting tsunami across the international aviation community.
It was no coincidence that the keynote address at the G-20 meeting of representatives of the world’s largest economies in Washington, D.C., last November was delivered by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
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Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More
It's easy to see why the composite machine turns heads; it sits high on a fighter-jet type landing gear, has a spaceship-like cockpit and those forward-swept wings, which beyond looking awesome, allow for a larger cabin as the main structure for the wings can be behind the seating area....More