The $2.43-per-gallon average price of jet-A in the U.S. last month represented a two-cent decrease from $2.45 a gallon in mid-June, with the highest price reported as $3.47 a gallon at one or more FBOs in the Northeast, a significant 20-cent decrease from the $3.67 high in mid-June, according to a survey of more than 1,770 FBOs by Fillup Flyer Fuel Finder in Cincinnati.
Air charter operators have the opportunity to apply for federal relief as a result of September 11. In discussions with the DOT, the National Air Transportation Association learned that Part 135 companies will be allowed to apply for relief by calculating their available seat miles (ASMs) or revenue ton miles (RTMs) for the time that their operations were grounded after September 11.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced expanded access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The program has only been accessible to date to those businesses located in declared disaster areas, including the vicinities in and around New York City and Washington.
Before September 11, biometrics was just one of the hundreds of new high-tech buzzwords flooding into the English language, and one that was meaningless to most people in the aviation industry. But experts say that over the next 12 months, few of us will not have experienced, and benefited from, its effects.
Flight Options CEO Kenn Ricci plans to obtain Part 135 approval for the Cleveland-based fractional provider.
The so-called “Hoover Law” continues to be totally ineffective, according to the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association (LPBA). Legislation enacted in April last year gives pilots and operators the option of requesting a hearing before the NTSB within 48 hr of an emergency revocation of their certificate. Such a review was not permitted previously. If the NTSB decides the revocation was not justified, the certificate is reinstated.
Early NTSB reports point to fuel starvation as the cause of an October 9 King Air C90 crash in a neighborhood north of Dallas Love Field that left the pilot seriously injured. The airplane, N690JP, registered to J&D Aircraft Sales, left Dallas in the morning to drop four passengers in Taos, N.M. The pilot was returning to Dallas early in the afternoon when the right engine apparently quit on approach.
Charles Ryan, president and COO of the Nordam Group, and two other men were killed and four others injured on the afternoon of October 8 when their de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver floatplane crashed into a lake in northern Ontario during a hunting trip. Also killed were James Pielsticker, chairman and founder of Arrow Trucking Co., and the pilot, whose name has not yet been released.
Next month Securaplane Technologies will introduce CAMS, or cabin alert and monitoring system. CAMS consists of lightweight, low-power cameras and infrared light sources. The crew alert would be activated by a passenger or flight attendant and immediately illuminate an amber warning light on the flight deck, alerting the cockpit crew that something is amiss in the cabin.
General Electric and Honeywell International formally terminated their merger agreement, four months after European regulators rejected the proposed $45 billion deal. The new agreement, which releases both companies from all merger-related legal actions, ends the threat of Honeywell suing GE for allegedly violating the merger agreement by not pushing regulators hard enough.