September 12, 2008
AOPA Publications staff
An FAA-appointed team that reviewed the agency’s certification process for the Eclipse EA500 found the very light jet was subject to the proper safety regulations—but the FAA should improve its policies and internal communications.
“This review tells us that while we made the right call in certifying this aircraft, the process we used could and should have been better coordinated,” said Robert Sturgell, the FAA’s acting administrator. “These recommendations will be invaluable as we continue certifying these new types of aircraft.”
Jerry Mack, a former Boeing executive, headed the review team that looked into certification of the EA500’s trim, flaps, cockpit displays, and stall speeds. The team made six recommendations that the FAA said it will adopt, including improving communication between the responsible FAA offices.
The FAA is currently evaluating certification applications for eight VLJ types.
Bombardier has launched the 12-passenger Challenger 650 with an order from launch customer NetJets.
Sabreliner isn't just for Sabreliners anymore. New owners and management have recast it as a jet refurbishment and parts center.
Nextant, rebuilder of the Beechcraft Hawker 400 and King Air 90, has named Piedmont Aircraft as the eastern dealer for the Nextant 400XTi and the G90XT.
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