When the GAMA executive board was in Washington, D.C., for the industry briefing earlier this year, acting NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker assured GAMA members that the Safety Board “has its eye on the GA ball.”
Aviation International News » April 2006
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), whose district includes Wichita, used the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) annual industry review and market outlook briefing to tout his “Promotion Responsibility for Our U.S. Aviation Act of 2005” bill.
The Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers Regional Group plans to hold a networking luncheon on Friday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport. An informal luncheon will be sponsored by Air Routing International. The featured speaker will be from the Bradley air traffic management team.
Consult AIN’s annual FBO Survey results in this issue, starting on page 20. You’ll find listed in order the 40 top-rated facilities in the Americas. Elsewhere, Jet Aviation has won a bid to open a new FBO and executive terminal at Dusseldorf International Airport. The new terminal was expected to become fully operational last month.
Though active only in evening and night hours, they will be in effect through December 31 and are likely to be renewed. Originally extending from 12,000 feet to 14,000 feet, they are expected to be changed to extend from 14,000 feet to 16,000 feet. The TFRs were issued in response to U.S. Customs Service and Border Patrol unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance operations.
The service marks the entry of charter broker parent company Air Partner Group in the market. The new company is offering route analysis; computerized flight planning and slot coordination; diplomatic clearances and overflight and/or landing permits; Notam updates and weather briefings; fuel purchasing; ground handling; and catering, ground transportation and personal accommodations.
The 90-day performance tolerance standard assessment was prompted by a review at New York Tracon conducted last year that revealed some small operational-error violations on final approach that were detected by later examination of radar records. Controllers are not being assessed an operational error on final approach if aircraft separation is inadvertently reduced from 3 nm to 2.7 nm (excluding larger separation standards for heavies).
Erica Sheward’s long-awaited book Aviation Food Safety is now available from Blackwell Publishing, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DK, England, telephone +44 1865 776868, or contact Castle Kitchens at +44 1903 891400, www.castle kitchens.com. Sheward is technical director for Castle Kitchens and a long-time advocate of safety in food handling in the aviation industry.
The effort began in May last year with the formation of a collaborative decision-making workgroup. The initiative, called the Airspace Flow Program, is meant to replace multiple ground delay programs in support of Swap (the severe weather avoidance program). An advanced session on the subject was on the agenda at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in January.
There is reportedly one HFB 320 Hansa still flying or flyable, based in Turkey. And the last crash of a Hansa–perhaps the last flying Hansa in the U.S.– happened on Nov. 30, 2004. Only 47 of the marque, popularly called the “Hansa Jet,” were built in the late 1960s by Hamburger Flugzeugbau in Finkenwerder, on the Elbe River near Hamburg, Germany.