On August 20, the FAA reinstated the air carrier operating certificate of Air Trek of Punta Gorda, Fla., after the charter operator fought for more than a year the FAA’s suspension and then emergency revocation of its Part 135 certificate. On August 27, NTSB law judge William Pope ordered the FAA to pay Air Trek $120,169.35 for legal expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act.
AINalerts » September 3, 2009
On Tuesday, the NTSB issued 19 recommendations for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), addressing pilot training; safety management systems; collection and analysis of flight, weather and safety data; flight data monitoring; development of a low-altitude airspace infrastructure; and the use of dual pilots, autopilots and night vision goggles.
The FAA yesterday announced plans to modify the airspace over the Hudson River, in response to the August 8 midair of a Piper PA-32R and Liberty Helicopters Eurocopter AS 350B2 that killed nine. “The New York Airspace Task Force chartered on August 14 developed a comprehensive series of recommendations that we plan to implement as quickly as possible,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
On Tuesday morning at Albuquerque International Airport, Mason Holland and Michael Press were joined by Albuquerque mayor Martin Chávez to celebrate the reopening of formerly bankrupt Eclipse Aviation.
Available business jet inventories dropped 2 percent last month, the second sequential decline in three months following 18 months of consecutive increases, according to a business jet report issued by UBS Investment Research this afternoon. Despite the decline, available inventories are still at 17 percent of the in-service fleet, some 36 percent higher than August last year.
Bombardier Aerospace and Gulfstream Aerospace are well known fierce rivals, but that doesn’t mean they can’t agree from time to time, especially when it comes to the outlook for business jets.