John Batty, the recently retired chief pilot of Motorola’s European flight department, this month becomes the new chief executive of the UK’s Business Aircraft Users Association (BAUA). He is replacing Derek Leggett, who is retiring.
Aviation International News » April 2003
All aircraft using European airspace are facing the prospect of having to carry minimum levels of third-party liability insurance. Under European Commission (EC) proposals now being debated by the European Parliament, operators of aircraft of up to 25 metric tons mtow (55,115 pounds) would be required to have minimum cover
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will start assuming its responsibilities in September, though it may well take at least until 2008 for it to complete the process of replacing the existing Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA).
Lobbying by U.S. helicopter manufacturers to have ICAO regulations amended to allow greater use of single-engine models over developed areas could “degrade overall safety standards,” according to Lord Glenarthur, chairman of the British Helicopter Advisory Board. Speaking at last month’s conference of the UK’s General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association (GAMTA), Lord Glenarthur said that “one or two U.S.
Almost half of the UK’s General Aviation Manufacturers & Traders Association (GAMTA) members have declared themselves to be less optimistic about business prospects than they were 12 months ago. In survey results published at the group’s annual conference on March 6, only 16 percent said they are now more optimistic than they were when the last survey was taken in March last year, six months after September 11.
NetJets Europe is targeting fast-expanding Russian businesses for its fractional-ownership program. It has dropped the ferry charges that have previously been applied for flights out of Moscow and St. Petersburg to allow Russian clients the same terms and conditions as provided to program members in western Europe.
The fifth aircraft in Bombardier Aerospace’s Challenger 300 certification program joined the flight-test fleet on March 8 when it flew for the first time. Aircraft S/N 20-005 is being used for function and reliability testing of the twinjet’s corporate interior, including all cabin systems, water and waste management, lighting, environmental controls, passenger electronics and entertainment systems and ergonomics.
Executive charter and corporate aircraft operators have complained that they have been unable to get slots at London Northolt Airport since NetJets started using the facility as a forward operating base in December.
Further evidence that Scottsdale Airport (SDL), 14 miles southeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International, is an increasingly active business aviation center in Arizona and the southwest surfaced March 4 when the field’s fifth and newest FBO, Scottsdale AirCenter, hosted a display of nearly 30 business and GA aircraft.
Despite the worldwide economic slump and the threat of war in Iraq, the fourth annual Aircraft Interiors Expo 2003 opened its doors at Germany’s Hamburg Messe conference center in late February, and organizers and exhibitors alike appeared pleasantly surprised at the industry response to this largest expo to date.