The NTSB is stressing the importance of altitude awareness and preflight planning after identifying “a noticeable number” of controlled flight into terrain accidents during night VFR conditions. The Safety Board noted in a safety alert that many of the general aviation pilots involved were in contact with ATC and receiving radar service at the time of the accidents, but they appear to have been unaware of the danger.
AINalerts » January 31, 2008
On the second day of this year’s NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which is being held in Savannah, Ga., attendee numbers had already exceeded last year’s total of 2,471. As of midday yesterday, 2,593 people showed up for four days of seminars, exhibits and networking. Exhibit booths sold climbed to 391, up from last year’s 352, according to NBAA senior manager of seminars Dina Green.
Bombardier Aerospace president Pierre Beaudoin on Tuesday told attendees at a meeting of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal that he believes the robust market for business jets will continue despite economic fears in the U.S.
With FAA reauthorization still bogged down in the Senate over user fees, staff members are drafting a bill to extend the current aviation excise taxes until after the November presidential election. The House passed a four-year FAA funding bill in September that continues existing fuel taxes–adjusted for inflation–and contains no user fees. The general aviation community supports this legislation.
Adam Aircraft founder Rick Adam–who left the fledgling Englewood, Colo. aircraft manufacturer last year–has resurfaced at AdamWorks, which aims to design and manufacture complete composite solutions for any industry, including aerospace. AIN spoke with him to find out more about his plans for the newly formed company.
Sentient Flight Group today completed the acquisition of TAG Aviation USA from Switzerland-based TAG Aviation Holding, a deal announced in late October not long after the FAA revoked the charter certificate of TAG Aviation USA subsidiary AMI Jet Charter due largely to operational control issues. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.