The FAA and the Park Service have taken some steps to implement the National Parks Air Tour Management Act, but nearly six years after its passage, “the required air-tour management plans have not been completed,” according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
Top FAA lawyers and flight standards specialists met with charter companies yesterday in Las Vegas in the first of 10 air-taxi operational control workshops. The FAA explained the need to help the charter industry understand regulatory requirements for operational control and discussed planned new requirements for charter Opspecs A008, which will replace Notice 8400.83 issued last June.
While the FAA did rescind Notice N8000.336 regarding addition of airplanes to Part 135 certificates, on December 18 it reissued the notice in a new form with only one change. Like N8000.336, Notice N8000.343 requires FAA principal inspectors to obtain concurrence from FAA headquarters before allowing an operator to add a new turbine-powered airplane to its OpSpecs.
A DOT notice issued December 19 warns colleges arranging charter flights on large aircraft to football bowl games, basketball playoffs or other “special events” that Part 125 operators and independent charter brokers are not regulated to the same level as Part 121 carriers.
PrivatAir has ordered the first 787 Boeing Business Jet but has yet to decide whether to use the widebody for executive charter services, corporate shuttle operations or scheduled all-business-class flights on behalf of an airline. The Swiss group is set to receive the aircraft in 2012, by which time it will have decided on the cabin configuration and selected a completions supplier.
A $27 million child-abduction suit involving charter and aircraft management services operator Executive Jet Management (EJM) has been settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, according to attorneys for the plaintiff, Cornelia Streeter.
Private jet passengers whose consciences are troubled by their jet’s contribution to global warming can now rest easier with the new CarbonNeutral option for Air Partner’s JetCard block charter program. Customers pay a 2-percent supplement to their flight-hour costs, and Air Partner channels this money into four climate-friendly energy and technology projects to offset the damage done by the aircraft’s engine emissions.
NetJets subsidiary Executive Jet Management (EJM) told AIN last month it logged record revenues last year but declined to reveal a dollar number. It did note, however, that 32 of its managed aircraft each generated more than $1 million in charter revenue; four generated $2 million each; three $3 million each; and one $5 million.
Bombardier claims to have had a positive response to the expansion of the Skyjet business jet block charging program across five continents. Skyjet International, which combines the former Bombardier Flexjet Europe and Flexjet Asia/Pacific programs with a new Middle East operation, was established in February as a global system also incorporating the North American catchment area of the U.S.-based Bombardier Skyjet network.
NetJets Europe has offered its pilots more pay and new contracts as it seeks to retain existing flight crew and hire 180 more personnel next year. Annual starting salaries will increase by between 12 and 35 percent, with first officers getting €56,500 ($73,450) and captains being offered €95,000 ($123,500).