The new Federal Aviation Administration rule on ADS-B will incur high costs with little benefit for general aviation, writes columnist Jeff Van West. The rule requires aircraft flying above 18,000 feet to use the 1090ES system. Van West writes, "if you want a simple way to think about how this is going to look from the GA perspective, think about it as getting a second, really-expensive transponder."
On May 18, a single-engine aircraft made history by applying oil dispersant over the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Air Tractor dual cockpit AT-802 was the first single-engine aircraft to conduct the procedure for the North American oil recovery industry. The AT-802's speed and maneuverability allowed the aircraft to small sections of surface oil as close as three miles offshore.
The Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., plans to open next month. "The training center will provide flexible and nimble training opportunities in manufacturing, avionics and composites that meet the fast-paced needs of the aerospace industry," said Larry Cluphf, center director of operations. The Boeing Co. donated $2.5 million of equipment, tools and materials to the center for classes.
City councilors in Worcester, Mass., praised the agreement with the Massachusetts Port Authority to purchase Worcester Regional Airport. The City Council and airport authority must vote on the deal before the sale becomes effective July 1. The city will receive $17 million in cash and land transfers from Massport for the general aviation airport.
Million Air, based in Houston, opened a fixed-base operation this month at the San Bernardino International Airport. The FBO can handle up to 50 aircraft per day at the airport in San Bernardino, Calif. "In our first three weeks of operation, we have handled 80 movements, or an average of 26 a day," said Terry Cross, chief operations officer for Million Air.