New York-based charter broker Blue Star Jets and the DOT on Monday reached a compromise settlement regarding the company’s alleged regulatory violations in connection with the February crash of a Challenger at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
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Donald Burr recently left air-taxi hopeful Pogo to "pursue other opportunities," according to a company statement. Burr, founder of People Express, and Robert Crandall, controversial chief of American Airlines, were fierce competitors in the 1980s. The pair established Pogo in May 2004 to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network using hundreds of very light twinjets.
Wyvern Consulting has added specific scheduling and dispatch capabilities to its aviation safety consulting business. Through the upgrade, Wyvern will offer specific expertise in the following functional areas of charter or corporate flight departments:
The FAA has announced it will delay further the compliance date for a recent Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness (HBAW), affecting aircraft maintenance program requirements, to allow an existing industry working group to consider the issue.
Mercury Air Centers and TAG Aviation have joined to provide added travel services through Mercury’s FBO network. Mercury customers throughout the U.S. can now use a variety of ancillary services, including charter and management, through TAG Aviation. Mercury president John Enticknap said his FBOs often receive requests from customers for services outside the normal scope of the FBOs’ operations.
Massport, which operates Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, Mass., has instituted a new aircraft operating fee schedule at BED that includes a night landing surcharge of $329 for any aircraft landing between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Other new fees include a landing fee of $1.50 per 1,000 pounds and a customs fee of $150 to $310, depending on aircraft weight.
Million Air Teterboro, N.J., has seen its way through a number of iterations since World War II Army Air Corps test pilot Ken Forester Sr. started selling Navions in 1946 (one of his customers was radio personality Arthur Godfrey). The latest change comes to the company’s expanding charter department. Ken Forester Jr.
With two straight years of 8-percent economic growth, Argentina appears to be on the road to recovery, as does the country’s flag carrier airline, Aerolíneas Argentinas. After several difficult years, Aerolíneas, which recently made its final payment to creditors to exit bankruptcy protection, is preparing an aggressive expansion plan that includes adding two new aircraft to its executive charter fleet by the middle of next year.
While last year was a positive turning point for many of Brazil’s business aviation firms, some companies have been mostly unaffected by the rolling economic crises that have tormented the nation for the past five years. One such company is Uberlândia-based ABC Táxi Aéreo, which attributes its financial stability to the fact that many of its clients come from the booming agribusiness sector.
Scores of professional pilots found themselves unemployed after the fallout from 9/11. Some of these pilots have responded by creating their own aviation business–not an easy task amid the current economic climate, especially in Europe.