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FAA proposes new flight restrictions around manhattan The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing restructuring the low-level VFR airspace around Manhattan in response to this summer’s collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a light...

embraer — suspends operations at its Executive Jet Services facility at Bradley Int’l Airport in Windsor Locks, CT, a temporary shutdown due to the economic downturn. The 47,700-sq. ft. center opened in October 2008, one of three new Embraer-owned executive jet centers in the U.S. dedicated to support of the company’s Legacy 600 and Phenom 100 very light jets.

european commission — publishes an advance copy of the new list of aircraft operators and the EU country to which they are assigned for the purpose of complying with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The new version of the list includes nearly 4,000 worldwide operators compared to the 2,755 that appeared on the original list published in February. [For more on this topic, see “Inside the Industry”, page 26.]

european regulators — officially recognize IS-BAO, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations, as an industry standard for business aircraft operations. The approval by the European Union’s standard body is expected to facilitate recognition of IS-BAO in the upcoming European Aviation Safety Agency Implementing Rules.

faa — Federal Aviation Administration releases final rulemaking changes to 14 CFR Parts 61, 91, and 141. This final rule addresses the training, qualifications, certification and operating requirements for pilots, flight instructors, ground instructors, and pilot schools. The final rule includes over 100 revision items that together incorporate a vast number of changes to the flight training environment including:
• Qualification and training requirements for pilots that use night vision goggles;
• Clarifications on the use of flight training devices and flight simulators in maintaining instrument recency;
• Changes in the certification requirements for private and sport pilots licenses;
• Changes in the training and proficiency for instrument, commercial, and ATP licenses; and
• Changes in the issuance of medical certificates in some instances.
• FAA also releases a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to update the Part 23 standards to accommodate new light and very light jets. NPRM would standardize certification requirements, clarify areas of nonstandardization and misinterpretation, and codify existing certification requirements in special conditions for new turbojets that incorporate new technologies. Comments are due by Nov. 16.

hawker beechcraft services — opens its expanded, factory-owned aircraft maintenance and service facility at Indianapolis Int’l Airport (IND). The facility includes a 7,700-sq. ft. terminal operated by Signature Flight Support and a 47,300-sq. ft. maintenance hangar.
• Hawker Beechcraft Corp. is awarded a contract to provide the T-6A trainer aircraft to the Israeli Air Force. This is the first Foreign Military Sales Case contract for HBC.

int’l council of air shows — projects that the air show industry will see record attendance during the 2009 season, up 20 percent or more compared with 2008.

jacksonville aviation authority — names three board members to a new Security Committee to evaluate security costs and efficiency at Jacksonville Int’l Airport. The committee is exploring the feasibility of utilizing Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officers and Community Resource Officers at JAX. The committee is charged with evaluating whether the option makes financial sense.

kendall-tamiami executive airport — receives $4.2 million from FAA for funding to extend the airport’s primary runway. The remaining funding for the project will come from the Florida DOT and the airport authority.

korean air cargo — in September adds a third weekly B-747-400 flight to Toronto Pearson Int’l Airport.

massport — Massachusetts Port Authority unveils a radar system designed to detect large ships in Boston Harbor and measure their height. The $1.3 million radar will enhance an infrared camera system that is already in place to detect ships in the main channel of the Port of Boston when weather obscures them from view from the air traffic control tower at Boston Logan.

meridian air charter — at Teterboro, NJ adds a Bombardier Global 5000 to its fleet of charter aircraft.
nasa — Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA is named a 2009 Historic Aerospace Site by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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