While the fractional market continues to expand, shareholder growth is advancing at a slower rate, according to data from the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS).
Prospective European clearance for commercial single-engine operations in IMC or at night (SEIMC for short) continues to progress through regulatory approval stages but will not come this year, according to industry sources close to the proceedings. Any approval could be among early decisions of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which takes over operations responsibilities from the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) on October 1.
One month ahead of schedule, the first Citation Mustang production aircraft (S/N 0001) took to the air on Monday. The very light jet (VLJ) flew exactly two hours, performing basic systems and avionics checks, including engaging the autopilot, testing handling characteristics, operating the gear and flaps, activating the de-ice system and evaluating engine response and performance.
There will be no NBAA Convention or any other major conventions in New Orleans this year. In the aftermath of the unbelievable destruction of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans officials said it could take months before residents, let alone visitors, would be allowed back into the devastated city.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is looking for a new CEO to succeed Brian Humphries, who will become part-time president of the Brussels, Belgium-based group. Humphries took the chief executive’s position on a part-time basis in 2004, having previously been EBAA chairman while also serving as managing director of Shell Aviation.
In its announcement last week that more ESCO Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) beds have been authorized for installation at Kennedy, Newark and Teterboro Airports, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey declared that the EMAS already in place for Runway 6 at Teterboro had “safely stopped” one aircraft overrun a week after it was installed. That’s not accurate. Rather, in the Oct.
Jets for Vets, a new initiative sponsored by an aircraft dealers association, is arranging free flights on corporate aircraft for military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.
In the final report on the February 2005 Cessna Citation 560 crash in Pueblo, Colo., the NTSB said it interviewed instructors about pilot training on Citation 560 de-icing procedures. The Citation 560 AFM recommends that pilots wait to activate de-ice boots until one-quarter to half an inch of ice accumulates to prevent so-called ice bridging.
An FAA draft letter of interpretation seeks public comment by May 3 on the meaning of the term “known icing conditions,” used–but undefined–in the FARs.
Flight crews and their passengers will be affected by a proposal from the Departments of State and Homeland Security to require a U.S. or foreign passport or other “accepted secure document” when traveling between the U.S. and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Currently, U.S. citizens in most cases need to show only drivers’ licenses to reenter the U.S. from Mexico, Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.