Jim Swickard

Jim Swickard
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Honda Aircraft Adds Repair, Service Facility 
Honda has broken ground on a 90,000-sq.-ft., $20 million major repair and service facility on a 54-acre extension of the company’s campus in Greensboro, N.C. (HondaJet photo: Honda)
P&WC Picked To Provide Eclipse 550 Engines 
Eclipse Aerospace said July 25 it has chosen Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) PW610F engine to power the next-generation Eclipse 550 twin-engine business jet.
Hawker Beechcraft Puts AT-6 Into Low-Rate Production 

Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company (HBDC) is putting its AT-6 light attack/armed reconnaissance aircraft into low rate initial production (LRIP) in Wichita.

Unleaded Avgas Replacement Unavailable, Panel Finds 
A “drop-in” replacement for unleaded aviation gasoline is unavailable and alternative fuels would require a “significant” safety assessment, leaving a solution possibly years away, a committee has found.
Europe's Business Jet Market Continues To Decline
Europe’s business jet fleet is shrinking and likely to remain diminished for another year.
Quest-Northrop Grumman Team Enters Special Mission Aircraft Market 

Northrop Grumman and Quest Aircraft Co. of Sands Point, Idaho, are teaming to explore civil, military and government applications of the Quest Kodiak aircraft integrated with a modular, reconfigurable C4ISR [command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] system.

‘Safety Of Flight’ Issues Key To Denial Of LightSquared Operations 

The FCC is indefinitely suspending LightSquared’s conditional waiver to operate its proposed 4G voice and data network in bands adjacent to those used by GPS, citing concerns that potential interference with GPS units could pose aviation safety risks.

“The commission clearly stated from the outset that harmful interference to GPS would not be permitted,” the FCC says. “Consequently, the commission will not lift the prohibition on LightSquared.”

Gulfstream Launches Full-Service Brokerage

Gulfstream Aerospace has announced it will expand its used aircraft sales to include full aircraft brokerage services for sellers and buyers.

Jim Ross, vice president, Pre-owned Aircraft Sales, will head the Gulfstream Pre-owned Brokerage group. The group intends to leverage its proprietary worldwide customer and prospect database to present sellers’ aircraft to decision makers.

Government Finds No Practical Fix For LightSquared GPS Interference 

After a review of the latest round of tests of the GPS interference potential of LightSquared’s proposed wireless network, the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Executive Committee has determined that “both LightSquared’s original and modified [plans] would cause harmful interference to many GPS receivers.”

U.S. Finds No Practical Solution To LightSquared GPS Interference 

After a review of the latest round of tests of the GPS interference potential of LightSquared’s proposed wireless network, the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Executive Committee has found “both LightSquared’s original and modified [plans] would cause harmful interference to many GPS receivers.”

EU ETS Treats BizAv Unfairly, Says EBAA
The EU Emissions Trading System discriminates against business aviation and still needs substantial work to be viable, the European Business Aviation Association says.
Montagner Returns To LightSquared
LightSquared is bringing back telecommunications veteran Marc Montagner to serve as CFO.
Last G200 Rolls Out 

After a 14-year production run, the 250th and last Gulfstream G200 super-midsize business jet rolled out of the Gulfstream Mid-Cabin Completions Center in Dallas on Dec. 20 for customer delivery later this month.

Tests Show LightSquared GPS Interference From Lower Band 

The second round of testing for potential GPS interference from LightSquared’s proposed broadband network shows interference with a “majority” of GPS receivers, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Transportation say.

The agencies released a joint statement late Dec. 14 on the recently completed testing for interference from LightSquared’s proposed operation of high-powered 4G LTE (long term evolution) ground stations in the Mobile Satellite Service band, intended for satellite downlink.

LightSquared Outraged At Leaked GPS Interference Data

LightSquared is calling for an investigation of the source of possibly leaked data from the recently completed GPS interference tests conducted by the U.S. government that evidently contradict more favorable test results recently promoted by the company.

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