FAA Faces Furloughs in Event of Government Shutdown

U.S. lawmakers are still attempting to build support for a continuing resolution (CR) that would avert a shutdown of many government functions, including those involving the FAA. But the lack of a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program threatens the prospects for the CR. The federal government is funded through January 19, but …

VistaJet Sees Double-digit Growth in Flight Hours

VistaJet had its strongest ever year in 2017, with flight hours “up markedly” year-on-year, the company announced today. In fact, VistaJet increased market share across the globe and saw double- and even triple-digit growth in flight hours, with the U.S. up 38 percent; UAE, 44 percent; Oman, 300 percent; and Asia, 16 percent. “If current …

NTSB: Severe Vibration Triggered Bell 525 Breakup

The fatal July 6, 2016 in-flight break-up of Bell 525 flight test vehicle 1 (FTV-1) was caused by “severe vibration of the helicopter that led to the crew’s inability to maintain sufficient rotor rotation speed (Nr), leading to excessive main rotor blade flapping, subsequent main rotor blade contact with the tail boom, and the resultant …

Emirates Throws Airbus Lifeline with A380 Commitment

Emirates Airline ended months of speculation about the immediate fate of the Airbus A380 program Thursday as the Middle East carrier signed a memorandum of understanding calling for an eventual firm order for at least 20 of the superjumbos and options on another 16. Valued at $16 billion based on list prices, the deal would …

Number of FAA-registered Drones Tops One Million

The number of drones registered with the FAA topped one million earlier this month. This number includes 878,000 hobbyists, who receive one identification number for all the drones they own; and 122,000 commercial, public, and other drones, which are individually registered. Registration is required by law, and the FAA maintains that this process helps educate …