The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have expressed support for the “General Aviation Industry Reparations Act of 2001,” which will provide $2.5 billion in grant funding and $3 billion in loan guarantees for aviation businesses.
Aviation International News » April 2002
Continuing its opposition to any hint of a privatized ATC system in the U.S., the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) said it is closely watching the funding problems being experienced in the UK and Canada. Privatization advocates in the U.S. point to what they call “successes” in both the UK and Canada to justify their position, said Natca president John Carr, who argued the word “failure” now applies.
Changes in flight paths around the Washington-Baltimore area, which have nothing to do with security implications, are being proposed in anticipation of the new Potomac Tracon coming online later this year.
Next to fighter jocks, helicopter pilots are probably the most iconoclastic flavor of aviators flying today. That’s why the issue of unionization can be so sensitive. Both Petroleum Helicopters Inc. and Air Log have unionized pilot workforces. Both made the transition in widely different ways.
While Bell Helicopter and program partner Agusta Aerospace are pondering their next moves in the ongoing saga of tiltrotor development (see page 1), both parties were recently informed by the U.S military that they must find space to store 19 military
No stranger to the skies, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s piloting skills are part of his well known resume. Along the road to building his billion-dollar business media empire and successfully running for the leadership of the world’s most exciting city, Bloomberg became a licensed aviator for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft (his current favorites for personal flight are said to be an Agusta A109 and Mooney piston single).
By now all the major arguments for helicopter use are well established, right? Time-saving hops over crowded urban areas. Pinpoint accurate placement of lifesavers for the rescue of victims who would be otherwise inaccessible. But using a helicopter to avoid speeding fines? That’s the reason Romanian mayor Toader Pasti gave to justify his plans soon to purchase a two-seat helicopter of as yet unannounced make and model.
Pledging to build already successful long-time central Atlantic coast helicopter support and repair operation Keystone Helicopter into a $350 million business, Keystone Ranger Holdings’ CEO Steve Townes addressed Keystone staffers, founders and well-wishers at a recent “closing dinner” held at the American Helicopter Museum near Keystone’s headquarters in West Chester, Pa., near Philadelphia.
In the latest development of a helicopter program that could best be described as “better late than never,” Indian state-owned aerospace builder Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered its first Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) to the Indian Coast Guard nearly 10 years to the date after the design’s first flight in 1992 (design started eight years before).
Working in its own quiet low-key way, Schweizer Aircraft has revealed its new 300CBi. An enhanced upgrade of the company’s strong-selling 300CB, the new 300CBi features a fuel-injected 180-hp Lycoming HIO-360-C1A engine. Schweizer maintains that throttle correlation is noticeably more precise and engine response is smoother and more immediate than with its predecessor’s carburetor-equipped Lycoming engine.