Global charter broker Air Partner has acquired UK executive charter operator Gold Air for $8.1 million. From its base at London Biggin Hill Airport, Gold Air operates six Learjet 45s and a Hawker 800 and has two Global 5000s on order for delivery in 2009.
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In a proposed rule issued Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced its intention to require Part 135 air charter operators to submit complete international passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before departure for flights both inbound to and outbound from the U.S.
The FAA had planned to deliver Operations Specifications C082 on calculating new landing-distance safety margins by June 30, but it is still in a draft version.
NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed concern about the FAA’s June notice requiring the addition of a 15-percent landing-distance safety margin. NBAA and NATA believe that the FAA is bypassing the normal regulatory process.
The FAA is expected to push back “a few weeks” the implementation dates for the 15-percent runway safety margin requirement. A four-week delay, for example, would require air carriers to submit compliance procedures to their POI by October 1, with implementation required by November 1.
The FAA is moving forward with a plan to release Charter Operations Specifications A008 (OpSpec 008) and associated guidance on August 31.
A recent notice sent to Honeywell GNS-XLS owners confirmed what many had suspected all along: due to hardware limitations, the flight management system will be ineligible for upgrade to WAAS functionality. Honeywell is offering a software upgrade for the GNS-XLS covering precision area navigation (PRnav) in Europe and compliance with AC 90-100 for new U.S.
Embraer today said Houston-based Magnum Jet has placed an order for 50 Phenom 100s, with options for another 50 Phenom 100s and/or 300s. The start-up company plans to offer “a turnkey ownership and comprehensive management program for very light jet owners and will operate…air limousine service for regional travel.” Magnum Jet is scheduled to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 in early 2009.
After 15 years of auditing charter operators only at the behest of the companies or individuals who hire them, Wyvern Consulting, on Tuesday, announced that Part 135 operators can now request audits of their own operations. “It’s about time we did so,” Wyvern founder and president Walter Lamon told AIN.
A North Carolina judge issued an injunction recently against charter facilitator CharterX, its new Wyvern Consulting charter audit unit and a former ARG/US employee for allegedly using proprietary information from ARG/US computers without the company's permission.