President Obama on Thursday announced that he intends to nominate Erroll Southers as the fifth administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A former FBI agent, Southers is currently an assistant chief for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department’s Office of Homeland Security and Intelligence.
AINalerts » September 15, 2009
The FAA expressed enthusiasm about the RTCA’s final report of its NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force released last week. The recommendations focus on five operational areas: surface, runway access, congested metropolitan airspace, cruise and National Airspace System access. They also encompass two specific NextGen capabilities: automated digital communications and integrated air traffic management.
The General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) last week confirmed that it is relaxing the lead time for flight plan filing from six days to three hours, though only for Chinese-registered business aircraft. According to the CAAC, this includes any B-numbered aircraft, even those registered in Hong Kong and Macau.
Cessna Aircraft today is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Citation 500, the first model in its now broad series of business jets. On Sept. 15, 1969, pilot Milt Sills and copilot J.L. LeSueur flew the first Citation prototype from Wichita Municipal Airport–now Mid-Continent Airport–on a successful one-hour, 45-minute sortie.
Business aircraft flight activity for Part 91 operators appears to have bottomed, according to data released yesterday by aviation services company Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US), while a similar recovery for Part 91K fractional and Part 135 charter operators is not far behind.