Directional Aviation consolidated charter broker activities from wholly owned Sentient Jet, Flexjet and Flight Options yesterday under Skyjet, a new subsidiary. Greg Richman, who is president at the division, said the Skyjet brand was a “hidden gem” in Directional’s acquisition of Flexjet in December.
AINalerts » June 24, 2014
An NPRM from the Treasury Department on the assessment of federal excise taxes (FET) in the aircraft management industry could be issued as early as August, according to Jorge Castro, a consultant to the National Air Transportation Association. Speaking at the group’s annual Air Charter Summit in Washington, D.C., last week, he told the audience that dialog has heated up between the Internal Revenue Service and FAA regarding regulation of the FET laws.
Santa Monica Airport proponents launched two efforts yesterday that accuse city council and airport commission members of financial conflicts of interest in the city’s efforts to close Santa Monica Airport (SMO). Santa Monica Airport Association (SMAA) sent a letter to city attorney Marsha Moutrie alleging that council members Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer, who both own homes in Santa Monica, have a financial conflict of interest with regards to votes they have made and will make as members of the city council.
Cessna announced yesterday that it has received EASA certification for its M2 light jet, clearing the way for European deliveries for the CJ1 replacement to begin.
The seven-passenger jet, powered by a pair of Williams FJ44s, received FAA type certification in December. It has a range of 1,580 nm, a max cruise speed of 404 knots and can operate from runways as short as 3,210 feet.
At its annual Air Charter Summit last week, the National Air Transportation Association gave an update on the EASA’s third country operator (TCO) regulation, which took effect last month.
Jeppesen has released its FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) software for Microsoft Window 8 tablets, and Delta Air Lines is implementing FliteDeck Pro for 11,000 pilots on Microsoft Surface 2 tablets. FliteDeck Pro for Windows 8 offers worldwide navigation charts, including data-driven en route information and terminal charts, all of which are updated with “changes-only” content to facilitate faster updates. Unlike the current version of the iPad, the Surface tablet allows users to run two applications in split screens.
A modernization program costing at least $100 million is set to kick off at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. Officials promise no disruption to flights during the estimated six-year-long project, which will see complete rehabilitation of both runways, as well as modifications to the configuration of taxiways. The improvements will affect about 90 percent of the airport’s 90 acres of pavement. An LED taxiway edge lighting system will also be installed, along with a new ILS system.
The FAA has extended the expiration date of the final rule requiring civil helicopter pilots to use the New York North Shore Helicopter Route when flying VFR along the north shore of Long Island. The current rule was scheduled to expire on August 6 this year but the FAA extended it for two more years to preserve the current operating environment while it determines whether use of the route should be permanently mandatory.
Tim La Porte, owner of Iliamna Air Taxi Service in Iliamna, Alaska, has logged 10,000 hours at the controls of the PC-12, making him the highest-time pilot of the big turboprop single, according to Pilatus Business Aircraft. Iliamna provides charter and scheduled service in Alaska, and has been in operation since 1977. The family-owned business operates three PC-12s, one of which it has owned for the past 25 years.
The California Aviation Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport. It included Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, legendary test pilot Bob Hoover, aviator and entrepreneur Clay Lacy and helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson. “This state has played a huge role over the past 100 years in the development of aviation and spaceflight, and the creation of a Hall of Fame to recognize the Golden State’s aerial heritage was long overdue,” said attendee Stephen Hofer, president of Aerlex.
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