Staff Report

Staff Report
Forecast 2013 

Regulatory Changes for 2013

Federal agencies tend to stall in their regulatory work leading up to presidential elections. With 2012 finally behind us, we can expect a number of final regulations and new proposed regulations to appear this year.

FAA Rulemaking

Sally Ride, First U.S. Woman In Space, Dies
Ride, a physicist, lifted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She was 61
Emerging Aircraft 

Daher Socata

Daher Socata does not appear to be any further along in developing its new NTX. All executives will say is that the NTX will be a twin-engine aircraft and significantly larger than the existing TBM 850 single, accommodating six to eight passengers. The aircraft is likely to make extensive use of new technologies, notably all-composite fuselage know-how being developed by an in-house ground-demonstrator program, FusComp. Whether it will be a turbofan or a turboprop, like the TBM 850, remains to be seen.

Robert L. Sumwalt 

If anyone had taken notice, which is most unlikely, they would have seen a slight, clean-cut young man, an economics undergrad, enter the university library and with a casualness that comes with familiarity, make his way to a remote, uncrowded section and stop. There, some of the shelves were laden with blue-jacketed, 8.5-by-11-inch stapled government reports. He selected several, slid down to the floor, and began to read. He did it many times over the course of his years at the University of South Carolina.

Edward W. Stimpson 

Edward W. Stimpson is one of America’s civic heroes. His long service in furthering the cause of aviation safety was capped by his most recent post as chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he worked to improve airline operations even beyond the near-perfect record they’ve compiled.

Michimasa Fujino 

Michimasa Fujino, the president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Co., Greensboro, N.C. is charged with the development, production and sales of a light business jet that will never be mistaken for another — the HondaJet. And it is most appropriate that he receive a Vision award because this unique aircraft and the new company created to produce it are direct results of his personal vision.

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