During a House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing last month, Air Transport Association (ATA) president and CEO James May claimed that airline jets are five to six times more fuel efficient than corporate jets. “Carrying 200 people and cargo across the country in a single airplane burns a lot less fuel than 33 separate corporate jets, each flying six people,” May testified. He added that U.S.
AINalerts » May 1, 2008
An agreement was recently reached between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), the latter of which seeks to break away from IBT Local 1108 to form an independent NetJets pilot union.
“Safety management systems aren’t just the latest fad for corporate flight departments,” Daedalus Aviation Services president David Bjellos told the nearly 450 attendees yesterday at the 53rd Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), held this year in Palm Harbor, Fla. In fact, SMSs could be a requirement for entry into some foreign countries starting in 2010, per ICAO Annex 6 section 3.2.4, noted FAA SMS program coordinator Rick Krens.
An April 28 Indian River County budget resolution approved $12 million to keep Piper Aircraft at its headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla., and the state of Florida added another $20 million.
Kenn Ricci, founder and former CEO of Flight Options, has once more reemerged at a new aviation venture. This time he’s landed at Nextant Aerospace, which recently announced a re-engining and avionics retrofit program for Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs. AIN spoke with Ricci to find out about Nextant’s 400NXT program, as well as parent company Directional Aviation, which he also leads.
The U.S. Senate adjourned at 8:01 p.m. last night without voting on the FAA reauthorization bill, once again putting the legislation at risk of inaction as the clock ticks toward the June 30 FAA funding expiration. Senior advisors to President Bush are recommending that he veto the bill if it doesn’t include user fees and provide more airline control over the ATC system.