After news broke last week of the Transportation Security Administration’s unauthorized inspections of Nashville (Tenn.) Airport pilots and employees and their baggage, concern about the TSA’s plans for random screening at FBOs has grown. A TSA document called the Playbook apparently outlines the procedures for random screenings at general aviation facilities, and NBAA has expressed concerns about planned Playbook-related actions.
AINalerts » February 12, 2009
Pratt & Whitney Canada said yesterday it planned to lay off 1,000 workers in the coming months, due mainly to falling demand for the engines it supplies to business jet makers. The cuts will affect some 10 percent of the company’s global workforce, 7,000 of whom work in Canada and the remaining 3,000 in other countries.
Testifying before Congress yesterday during a hearing on FAA reauthorization, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen directly challenged those who have recently questioned the value of business aviation or mischaracterized the use of business aircraft.
Noting that “we are already two years behind schedule because of lack of action by the U.S.
Cessna Aircraft yesterday kicked off an initiative to debunk myths about business aircraft and outline how these machines make companies more competitive. “The reality of business aviation is a far cry from the misconception of CEOs flying in large, luxurious airplanes,” said Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton.