Two general aviation groups provided suggestions to a House congressional panel yesterday on how to make further security improvements to the process of training flight school students from foreign countries in the U.S.
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Despite objections from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York today approved Hawker Beechcraft’s motion to enter into exclusive negotiations with Superior Aviation Beijing Co. The proposed deal was announced early last week, but required a judge’s approval to proceed.
London is on high alert as Olympic airspace changes and a slot allocation extension to 40 airports (rather than the usual four) kicked in this past weekend, and visitors start to arrive ahead of the summer games opening ceremony on July 27. Slot coordinator Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL), based at London Heathrow Airport, reported that approximately 5,000 bookings have been registered for slots at the 40 airports, though it expects this number to reach 7,000 or 8,000.
The FAA has extended the comment period for a proposed exemption to the third-class medical certification requirement for recreational pilots to September 14. The agency received more than 14,000 comments during the initial 20-day comment period, and the vast majority of the comments supported the proposal.
The Black Sheds, the row of elderly aircraft hangars situated at the eastern edge of the Farnborough airfield, close to the runway’s final approach, have been an iconic feature at every airshow held at this historic Hampshire location. But the protected Listed Grade 2 structures have been standing there for a lot longer. In fact, they originally housed some of the earliest British military aircraft as squadrons were formed during the years that led up to World War I.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta joined federal and local officials to break ground yesterday for a new, NextGen-equipped air traffic control tower at San Francisco International Airport. The new tower, which is being erected south of the existing facility, will be 221 feet high with a 650-sq-ft controller work area. The project will include a three-story, 44,000-sq-ft base building. It is expected to open in 2015.
Brazilian tax authorities, police and aviation officials seized nine business jets late last month and have targeted 13 more. Allegedly, Brazilians own and use the jets but registered them overseas to avoid state and federal taxes of nearly 35 percent. The value of the jets, $275 million, is almost equal to the country’s total customs seizures last year. Foreign aircraft can legally remain in Brazil for up to 60 days annually without paying import duties.
Forty of the 50 U.S. governors have signed proclamations recognizing the value of aviation to the national and their local, state economy, according to the Alliance for Aviation Across America. The majority of those proclamations–29–have specifically recognized the general aviation industry, which supports more than 1.2 million jobs and has a $150 billion economic impact in the U.S.
The Senate unanimously passed the Pilot’s Bill of Rights (S.3268) on Friday, passing it to the House for action in that body. The bipartisan measure requires the FAA to inform pilots why they are being subject to an enforcement action and give them access to investigative reports, ATC recordings and any relevant information for 30 days before the enforcement action can move forward.
The final version of the federal highway bill that was passed on Friday narrows the focus of an amendment proposed by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and strongly supported by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to expand the powers of the director of the National Park Service (NPS) to restrict air-tour flights nationwide.