Wednesday, 16 December 2009

News, just like buses

Generally, there's not a lot of GA news at this time of year. The trade shows are over and most companies are either trying their best to get through the winter, or working on next year's exciting new projects... and then we get loads of news stories all at once.

Aware - A new, £150 GPS that promises free airspace updates for life and that comes with the UK CAA charts installed.

Coventry Airport - Closed, open and closed again. Not sure it'll be back soon as a licensed commercial facility, but there are rumours that it will be open on an unlicensed basis before too long. Let's hope that's true.

Shoreham Airport - Lots of rumours about downgrading the level of ATC. Those rumours are being denied by the management...

Eurostar wings - following a Swiss accident report (relating to an accident that took place over three years ago) it seems that there's some doubt about some of the spar cap material quality control, and perhaps some of the design. It is rumoured that the Swedes have grounded the Eurostar. There's a meeting at the CAA on Thursday 17th December...

Rotax 4-stroke engines - New units will have a TBO of 2,000 hours.

Ditching - I wouldn't fancy ditching at this time of year, but Kate Burrows ditched her Twin Comanche near an oil rig between the Isle of Man and Blackpool today. She was picked up, taken to the rig and then taken to hospital. A great outcome.

Hawker Beechcraft - Netjets has recently cancelled some orders that will reduce HB's backorder book by $2.6b (yup, billion). HB's public reply was, 'I want to emphasize that these cancellations will have minimal effect on our liquidity, earnings and deliveries in 2009 and 2010.'

There are even more stories in the background, but for now they're rumours waiting to be confirmed…