Italy’s parliament passed proposed changes to the aircraft luxury tax today, according to NBAA.
AINalerts » April 24, 2012
The UK’s PremiAir group has closed its fixed-wing charter operation as part of a consolidation process. It has already sold one of its three Bombardier Learjet 45s and will likely sell the other two. “We lost a lot of money on the fixed-wing operation and it is questionable whether it was a good idea to get into this business with that type of aircraft,” commented group operations director Christopher Forrest.
Robert Lewis was named president and CEO of Pentastar Aviation in Waterford, Mich., yesterday. He succeeds Rick Maloney, who retired from Pentastar last month after a four-decade aviation career. Lewis comes to Pentastar from an industrial services company, where he served as senior vice president of corporate development. Previously he was president of aviation contract fuel provider Everest Fuel Management, and before that he was a senior vice president at Sentient Flight Group.
Augusta State Airport in Maine is down to one runway until the end of June. Currently, Runway 08/26 (2,700 feet by 50 feet) is closed while undergoing maintenance, and reconstruction work has reduced the operational distance of 5,000-foot Runway 17/35 to 3,430 feet. Runway 08/26 is scheduled to reopen when the renovation project fully closes Runway 17/35 in about mid-May. The reconstruction work is scheduled to last through June.
CAE’s Dassault Falcon 7X, 900EX/EASy and 2000EX/EASy flight simulators in the U.S., UK and UAE are all now equipped with smoke-generation capability, “providing a highly realistic pilot training experience for cockpit smoke emergencies.” The smoke-generation simulation is used during initial training in conjunction with crew oxygen masks and smoke goggles, which enable the pilots to see flight instruments as well as outside the cockpit for landing despite a smoke-filled cockpit. In addition, CAE provides training for the Dassault Emergency Vision Assurance System (Evas).
The FAA issued an Information for Operators (InFO) bulletin to remind aircraft operators of the potential for erroneous glideslope and/or localizer indications caused by interference from aircraft or equipment moving through ILS critical areas.
North American Jet Charter Group (NAJ) recently received FAA approval to use the Eclipse EFB iPad aboard its Eclipse 500s on Part 135 flights. This electronic flight bag approval gives pilots the option to use Foreflight or Jeppesen en route and approach charts, as well as paperless versions of general operating manuals and minimum equipment lists, which are all stored and referenced through the iPad interface.
A 1996 document issued by the House Committee on Ways and Means appears to underscore the intent of Congress regarding application of the so-called “ticket tax” (excise tax) to airline passengers. The document contradicts a March 9 Internal Revenue Service memo that seeks to apply the 7.5-percent excise tax to fees charged by aircraft management companies to aircraft owners flying in their own aircraft for their own business or personal reasons.
Embraer and Beijing-based ICBC Financial Leasing signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today on aircraft financing and leasing for the sale of Embraer airliners and business jets in China and other markets. Under the MoU, total program support could amount to as much as $2.5 billion over the next five years.
About a week after it revealed that it posted a $632.8 million loss last year, Hawker Beechcraft issued a 60-day warning to workers yesterday, noting that it “will lay off approximately 350 employees in several areas of operations in Wichita.” The company currently employs about 4,700 workers in Wichita.
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