The FAA has hit Platinum Jet with civil penalties totaling more than $1.86 million for violations involving 49 passenger-carrying flights. The agency became aware of the violations during investigation of a February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport in which a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet crashed into a building following an aborted takeoff.
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The DOT issued a “show cause” notice on Executive Jet Management’s plans to launch a business jet commuter operation. EJM, a NetJets affiliate that provides aircraft charter and management, submitted a DOT application in March to launch scheduled commuter service using business jets to connect Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. Based on information provided in the application, scheduled flights could start as early as this summer.
At the request of the National Air Transportation Association, the FAA has suspended the August 31 date for Part 135 operators to comply with airworthiness bulletin HBAW 04-06E while it considers proposed rulemaking that would replace the term “type certificated” with “seating configuration.” The revision, urged by the NATA, would allow methods other than a type certificate change to be an acceptable means of altering seating configurations.
Two well known companies that operate and manage charter aircraft and jet travel cards have merged. As reported in AINalerts last month, Berwyn, Pa.-based JetDirect has acquired Weymouth, Mass.-based Sentient Jet. Member travel cards of the two companies will be integrated, and all the charter operations will be unified on one Part 135 certificate with a centralized dispatch center.
Some European charter operators might get bookings when the prizes are awarded for this contest. Ten European beer drinkers and up to 70 of their family and friends could join the jet set for a few days, thanks to a contest being run by Danish brewer Carlsberg. Participants send in code numbers found on cans of Carlsberg lager, and on September 14 the company will draw winners from each of 10 participating European countries.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, is proposing to loan up to $15 million to assist in establishing an on-demand air-taxi service in Russia using a fleet of Russian-made M101T turboprop singles.
Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) transmission requirements will again change. Effective on or about October 4, commercial operators must make an APIS transmission using the UN-EDIFACT format, which captures additional passenger information. The NBAA APIS submission service does not use this format and as of that date will no longer be available.
Russian charter firm Jet2000 reached an agreement with Kaskol, Sokol and Myasischev, which jointly developed the M-101T Sokol (formerly Gzhel), to conduct trials of the new turboprop single on air-taxi services from Moscow Vnukovo Airport.
This makes Jet2000 the first commercial user of the business turboprop, which received Russian certification more than a year ago but has so far failed to win any firm orders.
Business flying is definitely up, and so are fuel prices. But, at least so far, aircraft operators aren’t protesting at the pump too bitterly about what they’re paying for jet-A.
A group of airline and corporate pilots has established BidQwest, an online site where air taxis can bid on charter flight requests.