AeroBridge is seeking volunteer pilots and aircraft from North and South Carolina and Georgia to help support the 2012 South Carolina State Hurricane Full Scale Exercise next Tuesday (June 5). The South Carolina hurricane disaster exercise is practiced yearly and directed by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Eighteen federal and state agencies are to participate, along with eight nonprofit organizations, including AeroBridge.
AINalerts » May 29, 2012
Per-seat charter broker Greenjets has launched an introductory program that offers a 40-percent discount for new clients who sign up as members before June 30. The company’s jet charter memberships typically start at $7,000, it said, but under the limited-time offer this price drops to $5,000.
Flying Colours announced today that Paul Heaver, vice president of completions and modifications at U.S. subsidiary Jetcorp Technical Services, died on May 20. Heaver joined Flying Colours in 2007 as director of business development and was promoted to vice president of completions at JetCorp 18 months ago. A 25-year industry veteran, he worked for de Havilland Canada and Bombardier before joining Flying Colours. Flying Colours president and CEO John Gillespie said Heaver “made a significant contribution” to the completion company’s growth over the past five years.
According to the Teal Group’s recently issued business aviation forecast, 13,879 aircraft worth $310.3 billion will be delivered over the next 10 years. This includes 10,249 business jets worth $249.5 billion, 568 bizliners worth $42.3 billion and 3,062 business turboprops worth $18.6 billion.
Jet Aviation has launched a global refurbishment program “to renew and harmonize the look and feel” at its FBOs and major maintenance facilities worldwide. The makeover will start with Jet Aviation’s Geneva, Zurich and Basel facilities in Switzerland, focusing on the lobbies and customer and crew lounges. By 2015, all of its FBOs and major MROs worldwide will be updated.
The FAA continues to investigate why the main entry door separated and fell from a Challenger 601-3R–registered as N207JB and owned by Medcp [sic] Aviation–as it was climbing through 3,000 feet after taking off from Opa-locka (Fla.) Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
A provision inserted into a 2005 highway bill that has given business and general aviation fuel purveyors a collective headache ever since it was enacted might be repealed in the next highway reauthorization bill. Thirty-two members of the House of Representatives signed a letter to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, asking that the provision be deleted from new highway legislation now under consideration.
Essential Flight Technology and NavWorx are teaming to produce portable ADS-B In weather solutions for iOS, Android and Windows devices. With the Pads WxBox solution, pilots will be able to receive subscription-free weather reports and weather radar through Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B). The Apple iPad version of Pads WxBox from NavWorx is available for pre-order at an introductory price of $795–$100 less than the regular price–through August 1. The first devices are expected to ship by August.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) will hold a raffle at its 2012 Air Charter Summit barbecue on June 12 to raise funds for the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) mission to support wounded combat veterans. VAC is a charitable organization that provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. NATA and VAC established a special fund last year–NATA Wings for Warriors–through which NATA members and friends can contribute to the organization.
After completion of an FAA-approved redesign and reconstruction of taxiway Alpha-2, Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport officials commissioned parallel taxiways Alpha-2 and Alpha-3 last week. Both A2 and A3 are approximately 50 feet wide by 1,300 feet long and are installed with unidirectional centerline lighting to enhance night operations. The airport said the project increases operational safety by reconfiguring A2 into two parallel taxiways, permitting traffic in only one direction on each lane.