While the number of aviation accidents directly linked to drug impairment has not increased, the National Transportation Safety Board sees enough evidence of pilot use that the agency is recommending that FAA provide better information about potentially impairing drugs and clearer policy on marijuana use.
FAA recently agreed to extend the comment period on its proposed policy to clarify permissible use of hangars, after receiving requests from a few associations and at least one lawmaker worried that it would be too restrictive for activities such as home-building aircraft.
The NTSB will be the lead agency in the investigation of the Sept. 5 accident involving a TBM 900, among the first to be delivered, which appeared to have lost pressurization and crashed off the coast of Jamaica with the chairman of the TBM Owners and Pilot Association, Larry Glazer, and his wife, Jane, aboard.
FAA has set the stage for initial testing of an unleaded replacement for aviation gasoline, selecting four fuels for the Phase 1 program that will begin this fall at the agency’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The ongoing reorganization at Bombardier has filtered into the Business Aircraft division, with the departures of the heads of the Learjet and Challenger programs, along with the head of the unit’s supply chain.
Continental Motors Group continues to capture business for its acquired diesel engine line, the latest involving a retrofit contract for 16 Cessna Skyhawk 172s from Spanish training school Aerodynamics Malaga S.L.
About 300 people gathered for a recent rally designed to generate support for Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in California as airport opponents weigh options to thwart a ballot initiative designed to help secure the airport’s future.
In what started as an effort to meet international requirements for its Appleton, Wisconsin, repair station, Gulfstream is hoping to complete the implementation of its safety management systems (SMS) throughout the entire company in 2015.
Two relatively new web-based ride-sharing programs are weighing their options, with one altering its program altogether, in the wake of FAA’s recent interpretation that essentially deemed the operations illegal.
An interesting advertising skirmish has broken out in the New Zealand domestic market, as low-cost carrier Jetstar uses its superior on-time performance to take shots at dominant player Air New Zealand....More
Beijing’s increasingly heavy-handed treatment of Hong Kong, resulting in current street protests, raises the risk of China eventually trying to seize Taiwan by force, though the probability may not have changed much....More