The General Aviation Airport Coalition (GAAC) was officially formed last month to “preserve and promote,” on a national level, GA airports in the U.S. It consists initially of 24 founding members–all GA airport operators–from across the continental U.S. that began meeting late last year to discuss GA airport issues.
News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.
Spearheading a rally of more than 2,000 general aviation workers in Wichita in March, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lauded the importance of general aviation manufacturing to the state of Kansas and the U.S. industrial base, and promised a visit to “the air capital of the world” from the President next year.
A provision in the House FAA reauthorization bill that greenlights residential through-the-fence (RTTF) access agreements at general aviation airports has drawn opposition from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
The FAA issued the final in a series of 50 Technical Standard Orders (TSO) for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system last week. The next step for Fusion is the STC for installation in Rockwell Collins’s Challenger 601 test airplane followed by certification on a Bombardier Global Express XRS.
Two Kansas lawmakers have asked the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee to request that the U.S. International Trade Commission investigate the global competitiveness of the U.S. business jet industry.
Although the words aviation and security usually conjure images of terrorists trying to do bad things to airliners, the FAA’s proposal to stiffen the qualifications for the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program has highlighted the need for security from more than terrorists.
Pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers and other AIN subscribers who have frequent interaction with FBOs provided a total of 23,452 evaluations of more than 1,700 FBOs around the world in their responses to AIN’s 2011 FBO Survey.
Two long-time pilot members of Congress have successfully amended the pending House FAA reauthorization bill to preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), co-chairman of the House of Representatives General Aviation Caucus, and Rep.
Yesterday’s announcement that NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol resigned from his post at that company and two other Berkshire Hathaway-owned firms took the aviation industry, Wall Street and just about everyone else by surprise. Sokol notably turned NetJets around, yet his elimination of redundant aircraft and personnel at the top from the fractional-jet provider was not without its critics.
“Even in a down cycle [the general aviation industry] still creates $4.9 billion in exports. That’s extraordinary,” DOT Secretary Ray LaHood told more than 2,000 general aviation workers, elected officials and industry leaders gathered in Wichita yesterday for a GA rally hosted at Cessna Aircraft’s campus.