The FAA is conducting a 30-day review of contingency plans and security protocols for its major facilities, after a “criminal action by a contractor knocked out communications equipment” at the FAA air route traffic control center (ARTCC) in Aurora, Ill. on Friday, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced yesterday at an Air Traffic Control Association conference in Maryland.
AINalerts » September 30, 2014
While the economy has grown stronger, there is still a lot of work to do to support business aviation’s recovery in the policy arena, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told the attendees at a chief pilots roundtable late last week in Washington, D.C.“The expectation is, as we work our way through the remainder of 2014, that the U.S. economy will continue to strengthen,” he said, noting gains in aviation fuel sales and flight activity, as well as declining inventory and stabilizing sales prices for pre-owned aircraft.
The City Council of Houston, Texas, heard final arguments today regarding the awarding of another FBO lease at Houston Hobby Airport, which is already home to five major service providers that pump a combined 1.2 million gallons of fuel a month.
When Brazilian gubernatorial candidate Janete Riva arrived at Pontes e Lacerda Municipal Airport on September 20 to head to her next campaign stop, her King Air C90GT (S/N LJ-1759, tail number PR-ATY) and two pilots she’d just spoken with were nowhere to be found. Ten days later they’re still missing, despite six days of intensive searching by Brazilian and Bolivian police in cities along the nearby border.
The Mexican government is now allowing general and business aviation pilots to file advanced passenger information system (APIS) manifests directly when arriving in or departing from the country, eliminating the previous requirement to use a third-party flight-planning provider to do so.
Lufthansa Technik today promoted Walter Heerdt as senior vice president for VIP and executive jet solutions. He succeeds Dr. Hans Schmitz, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of Lufthansa Technik’s VIP division. Heerdt has headed the German company’s marketing and sales department since 2003. He joined Lufthansa in 1979 as a manager in the engine services division before rising through the ranks and eventually being named senior vice president of marketing and sales for the entire Lufthansa Technik Group 11 years ago.
Bombardier delivered the first EASA-registered Learjet 75 on Friday to the Roullier Group, a company based in France. The handover during a ceremony at Bombardier Learjet follows EASA approval for the Model 70 and 75 on September 12.
Dassault celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Falcon 900’s maiden flight this month. On Sept. 21, 1984, the Falcon 900 made its first flight in Merignac with Hervé Leprince Ringuet and Jérôme Résal at the controls. The Falcon 900 “enjoyed a thundering success among business aircraft buyers, and its power to attract enhanced the company market share,” the company said. Dassault has delivered 160 Falcon 900s and 900Bs worldwide. The current-production Falcon 900EX traces its lineage to these previous models.
Granite Aviation opened its FBO at Sandpoint (Idaho) Airport. The company’s new $1.6 million facility features a 3,700-sq-ft private air terminal, 7,000-sq-ft hangar, four aircraft refueling trucks, de-icer truck and recently constructed 171,000-sq-ft ramp. The facility offers fueling, maintenance, storage and ground transportation. Other aerospace companies on the field include business jet winglet manufacturer Tamarack Aerospace, Quest Aircraft and Timberline Helicopters.
Sikorsky celebrated the 10th anniversary this month of the delivery of the first production S-92 medium-twin helicopter to offshore oil/gas operator PHI. Since then, Sikorsky has delivered more than 200 of the type. The fleet has accumulated more than 750,000 flight hours, nearly 90 percent of which were logged in offshore oil/gas operations. Sikorsky is now looking forward to fattening the roster of countries that fly head-of-state S-92s: the U.S.’s Marine One Presidential fleet will be based on the 19-seat design.
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