Last February, Pierre Beaudoin, son of Bombardier chairman Laurent Beaudoin, replaced Robert Gillespie as president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft. Now Beaudoin has replaced Michael Graff as president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)–with the assistance of the general aviation industry–is developing a Transportation Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Evaluation Tool that will allow general aviation airport operators to assess the vulnerability to terrorism of their individual facilities and respond accordingly.
Eurocontrol has now admitted to Cessna that the Citation 560 was mistakenly included on a list of nine aircraft that were found not to have met “group” height-keeping requirements for reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM). The European air traffic control agency told the U.S. airframer that the problem was due to a measurement error on its part.
Executive Charter Services says its new guaranteed charter rates are significantly lower than the comparable rates for fractional and jet-card aircraft. The Boston-based company guarantees a price of $2,300 per hour for light jets and $3,350 per hour for midsize jets, with a 2.5-hour minimum. These rates include federal taxes, segment fees, overnight charges and landing fees.
The FAA extended to November 16 the comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to regulate fractional aircraft ownership operations. Just before the original comment period was about to close on October 16, NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association requested a 30-day extension.
Concerned with the FAA’s recent history of cost and schedule overruns in acquiring equipment to update ATC, as well as shortfalls in that equipment’s performance, DOT’s inspector general (IG) is auditing the agency. The objective of the IG’s investigation is to ensure that Congress and the agency are able to meet the growing demand for air traffic services and get the most bang for the taxpayers’ buck.
Citing the effects of September 11 on their associations’ priorities and members, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association have decided not to pursue their appeals of the Naples Airport noise decision. That decision, by a U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, Fla., held that a ban on the operation of Stage 2 bizjets at Naples does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
Bahama Bay Resort had no sooner announced the opening of its heliport for public use when it had to close because of damage from Hurricane Frances. Located in West End, Grand Bahama, on the north jetty of the marina at Old Bahama Bay, the helipad’s normal operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. U.S. customs and immigration clearance fees are about $100.
Sikorsky Aircraft last month recognized Keystone Helicopter
for its achievement in completing and delivering the 50th S-76C+ helicopter. The aircraft is earmarked for delivery to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Keystone, in Coatsville, Pa., has been the principal completion center for the S-76C+ since 2000.
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration David Stone and Washington journalist Fred Barnes will be the featured opening general session keynote speakers for the NBAA Convention, October 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Stone had served as acting administrator of the TSA since December 4 last year and had been deputy chief of staff at TSA since August last year.