AINalerts » January 27, 2009

January 27, 2009 - 10:15am

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is recommending the FAA mandate night vision goggles, enhanced vision systems or IFR-only operations for all night flights of EMS helicopters. The recommendations come on the heels of nine fatal helicopter EMS (HEMS) accidents since December 2007 and one week before the NTSB is scheduled to hold what promises to be highly charged public hearings related to those accidents and overall HEMS safety.

January 27, 2009 - 10:14am

By the end of next month, JetDirect Aviation expects to close a deal with a private-equity firm “with significant private aviation experience” that will see the charter/management company backed by a new control investor, according to a letter sent to JetDirect clients last week. This follows JetDirect’s selling its three FBOs and unwinding recent acquisitions by selling Presidential Jets and Sunset Aviation back to their original owners.

January 27, 2009 - 10:08am

A wide-ranging coalition of aviation interests that includes both general aviation and the nation’s airlines has proposed a $4 billion stimulus package that could–among other things–accelerate the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) by creating 100-percent government-funded grants to retrofit both commercial and GA aircraft with NextGen equipment such as on-board avionics, electronic flight bags, cockpit displays, surface movin

January 27, 2009 - 10:06am

At the fourth of five public meetings held by the Transportation Security Administration to hear comments from the public about the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) regulations, citizens from all walks of aviation traveled from as far as Oregon to try to convince the TSA that the rules are a terrible idea. The meeting on Friday in Burbank, Calif., featured four TSA employees and hundreds of attendees.

January 27, 2009 - 10:05am

Business jet flight activity last month fell 19 percent from the same period a year earlier, although that was better than November’s 25-percent drop-off, according to a business jet market report issued this morning by UBS Investment Research. Flight activity for the entire year was off nearly 12 percent compared with 2007. About 86 percent of the flights UBS tracked last month were U.S. domestic flights and the remainder was international.


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