On Tuesday, President Obama nominated acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to lead the agency for a full five-year term. He was tapped as the acting chief in early December, after now-former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned in the wake of a drunk-driving arrest in Northern Virginia.
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Moscow-based shared-use program Jet Travel Club (JTC) officially started operations last week. JTC members can make non-commercial flights on the club’s two CitationJets and two Hawkers and use an area in the VIP terminal at Moscow-Domodedovo Airport. Membership is not limited to Russian nationals; foreign citizens can buy a JTC card for access to the club’s Russian-registered business jets.
At the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., this week, Garmin released the new Garmin Pilot aviation app for Apple iOS and Android devices. Garmin Pilot incorporates a number of features in a package that is much easier to use than the earlier Pilot My-Cast.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has slapped a $3.3 million penalty and fine on New Delhi-based Bharat Hotels for not paying customs duty on the Embraer Legacy 600 it imported for charter services in 2009. Customs duty in India is 18 percent for private use of aircraft and 2.5 percent for charter operations.
Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), a Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary specializing in S-76 operations on the East Coast, has marked “40,000 hours of safe flying” in 17 years. AAG president Scott Ashton emphasized that his company has implemented a safety management system “that encompasses a comprehensive culture of risk management and safety promotion and policies.”
AAG lays claim to being the only executive helicopter company to own and operate an FAA Part 145 maintenance facility.
Aviation insurer Starr Aviation now has an iPhone app that provides easily accessible information to aviation insurance brokers, Starr policyholders and potential policyholders. Functions include locating and contacting the various Starr offices, finding a local aviation insurance agent and consulting an accident checklist. Additionally, Starr Aviation allows both policyholders and their broker to access their aviation policies directly from mobile devices. Policyholders can also report an accident and file a claim within the application.
Online aircraft charter portal PlaneFinder, which says it allows customers to buy flights from Part 135 operators instantly without hidden booking fees, launched today. The site also lets passengers “reverse advertise” themselves to charter companies by anonymously posting their travel plans in an online database that can be searched by charter companies. In addition, PlaneFinder also provides revenue-generating opportunities for charter operators by selling empty “dead head” flights.
Gulfstream Aerospace senior flight operations technical specialist Leo McStravick testified at a House aviation subcommittee meeting yesterday to express the business aviation community’s opposition to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). In addition to imposing a costly administrative burden on businesses flying from the U.S. to European destinations, McStravick noted that EU-ETS is discriminatory because businesses that use general aviation are not eligible for carbon offsets, as they are not defined as “commercial.”
Sporty’s Pilot Shop introduced a wire-free weather receiver for the iPad. Called Stratus, it combines an ADS-B and GPS receiver into a single unit that wirelessly streams Nexrad radar, text weather, TFRs and aircraft position to the ForeFlight Mobile app for iOS devices. The Wi-Fi connection allows multiple iPads to connect to Stratus, making it possible for two-pilot crews to view weather on separate iPads. There are no monthly subscription fees for the weather information, according to Sporty’s. Stratus costs $799.
Jet Aviation Hong Kong expanded its service offerings to include interior services. The company’s new 5,200-sq-ft interior shop, located in Tsuen Wan in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, has four work bays, adding comprehensive interior refurbishment capabilities to the maintenance facility. Each work bay provides support for upholstery, carpeting, faux finishing and eco-friendly spray-painting. The shop also includes a clean room and a buffing area.