As they start to see growing demand, fractional aircraft providers are beginning to recall furloughed pilots to fill cockpit vacancies. Last month, Cleveland-based Flight Options recalled eight furloughed pilots to fill open seats in its Citation X fleet.
Aviation International News » April 2011
SimCom Training Centers has added simulator training for all turboprop Twin Commanders at its Dallas/Fort Worth facility. Initial and recurrent courses are available and are approved by all major aircraft insurance underwriters. SimCom has equipped the Twin Commander simulator with a 180-degree visual display that allows pilots to perform, with outside visual cues, maneuvers that simulate conditions for day, night and twilight conditions.
“We are gaining confidence that a recovery is taking hold following good news in recent weeks,” JPMorgan North America Equity Research noted in its latest business jet update. The firm cited the net orders for 74 aircraft booked by Bombardier in the fourth quarter, as well as the recent firm order for 50 Bombardier Globals placed by NetJets.
The DOT expects to issue a final rule designed to bolster consumer protections against ramp delays of more than three hours and expand other passenger rights initiatives this month, a department spokesman told AIN.
Two U.S. senators have inserted language into the FAA Reauthorization bill that circumvents the normal channels governing airspace regulation for specific areas in their home states. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) added an amendment to the bill that allows the National Park Service to stop air tours over Crater Lake National Park without first preparing an air tour management plan, as required in every other national park.
Bombardier Aerospace introduced a parts satisfaction guarantee for its business aircraft customers. The guarantee sets high standards for BombardierÕs parts performance, while introducing accountability by waiving the shipping, labor and restocking charges in applicable cases. In addition, Bombardier continues to make substantial headway in reducing the incidence of no fault found (NFF) parts currently in circulation.
British businessman and entrepreneur Lord Sugar, a 25-year veteran of business aircraft ownership, touted the benefits of aircraft at the BBGA gathering. Sugar told members that owning an aircraft had enabled him to spend one day a week in Denmark, leaving London at 6 a.m. to work an eight-hour day in his Danish office.
Flight-time limitations that apply to airlines cannot be applied to business aviation, according to European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) president and chief executive Brian Humphries, who emphasized that the rules governing flight-crew duty times should accommodate “the nature and pattern of business aircraft operations.” The EASA participates in the flight-times limitation (FTL) working group and will join
Late last month, the UK Border Agency (UKBA), part of the Home Office, scheduled a workshop to involve major aviation stakeholders in exploring improvements to Britain’s general aviation reporting (GAR) system, under which business-aircraft operators give notice of inbound/outbound flights for security and counter-terrorism purposes.
Successful partnerships with UK government departments and national and European regulators are the fruits of several years’ investment in discussion and representation by Britain’s general aviation community, according to industry leaders. “There is an awful lot to be proud of,” said British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) chief executive Guy Lachlan, following the lobby group’s annual conference last month.