Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) will be a featured speaker during the October 30 opening session at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. Mica serves as the chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which is one of the largest congressional panels in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mica is a national leader on transportation policy in the U.S., including aviation issues, said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, “and his comments will be of great interest to convention attendees and everyone in the business aviation community.”
AINalerts » October 4, 2012
In the first nine months of this year, accidents involving both U.S.- and non-U.S.-registered business jets increased from those recorded in the same period last year.
Jumpjet, a start-up “luxury travel club” launched on Tuesday, aims to provide per-seat private jet travel at first-class airline prices. Under its program, customers pay a fixed monthly fee over a 12-month period that allows them to book a seat on 10 round-trip flights per year, without any extra per-flight-hour charges, on third-party charter aircraft flown by Wyvern- or Argus-audited operators.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is hosting the first Jordanian Regional Forum at the Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh on Monday. The agenda for the event, which is being sponsored by the Ayla Aviation Academy, will include issues such as local restrictions on airspace and airport access, enhancing safety audits, crisis management techniques and reducing so-called grey-market, illegal charter activity.
In a move to adopt Western standards to a greater extent, Russian Helicopters is introducing an “advanced after-sales service system” through subsidiary Helicopter Service. The new approach, which is built on “integrated logistic support,” uses new procedures to certify service centers.
Russian Helicopters pledges maintenance will be easier thanks to the widespread introduction of information technology. Parts will be available for order online and aircraft documentation will be available in electronic format.
Today, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association launched a seven-figure initiative aimed at reversing the decline in the number of U.S.-licensed pilots, which is down 25 percent over the last 30 years, and arresting the estimated 80-percent student-pilot dropout rate. The association’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community will be funded by the AOPA Foundation and will initially focus on supporting flying clubs, with the goal of creating 1,000 new clubs over the next five years.
A Bombardier Learjet 45XR was officially the first jet to land during the dedication of the Rooks County Regional Airport in Stockton, Kan., on Saturday. Kansas governor Sam Brownback was on hand to inaugurate the new business and general aviation airport. “We are honored to have been able to participate in the dedication of the Rooks County Regional Airport,” said Learjet vice president and general manager Ralph Acs. The airport has a single 5,000-foot runway (18/36) and offers 24-hour fueling services.
New online aircraft charter broker CharterBox is bringing the “name your price” concept to the charter aviation market through a real-time marketplace that matches buyers and sellers of charter. The company says its model will help operators supplement their traditional retail charter business by optimizing the transient movement of their aircraft. CharterBox uses only operators that are Argus Gold or better and/or Wyvern Wingman compliant.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen condemned “disparaging” remarks about business aviation by President Obama in a presidential debate last night with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. During the debate, Obama called to eliminate some corporate tax breaks, saying in part, “Why wouldn’t we eliminate tax cuts for corporate jets? If you have a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break.” According to Bolen, “The President’s comments completely mischaracterized the businesses and groups that depend on a [corporate] airplane.”
A Boeing 727 was deliberately crashed and filmed–from both inside and outside–for the premiere episode of Curiosity, which airs Sunday on Discovery Channel. This was done to see what actually happens during an airplane crash and to examine the science behind passengers’ best chances for survival. Crash test dummies as well as sensors throughout the airplane were used to reveal the types of forces unleashed in a typical crash.