UK charter operator London Executive Aviation (LEA) has opened a new base at Farnborough Airport, locating one of its two Cessna Citation Bravos there. The company also has bases at the downtown London City Airport and at Stapleford Airport on the northeast side of the British capital. London Executive Aviation also recently ordered a third Citation Excel, which will be delivered in November next year.
Aviation International News » August 2003
If you’re the kind of pilot who relishes the moment when you flee the FBO in the crew car for a round of golf or a night on the town, there is a phalanx of insurers and associations that are out to change your lifestyle. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation are leading the charge, staunchly backed by insurance companies such as U.S. Aviation Underwriters.
Failure of the FAA to publish an advisory circular may prompt the National Air Transportation Association to request an extension of the October 6 implementation date for new repair station rules. The AC is intended to provide guidance for complying with the revised rules, particularly how contract maintenance is to be handled. “Our members need time to digest this,” the association claimed.
UK-based business aviation caterer Castle Kitchens introduced an online publication on “global food, water safety and health issues.” The publication service is provided in association with Castle Kitchens’ Jet Academy food handling and safety training and auditing company. Global Food and Water Safety Update is a monthly publication, but it will be updated continuously to provide subscribers with urgent news and regulatory changes.
Delta AirElite Business Jets will extend the benefits of Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Platinum Medallion frequent-flier status to “founding members” enrolling before October 1 in its block-charter program.
Consolidation of five terminal radar approach control facilities into the new Potomac Tracon, located in Vint Hill, Va., is now complete. The facility incorporates Tracons previously located at Washington Dulles International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Baltimore-Washington International and Richmond International airports, as well as Andrews Air Force Base.
The New Jersey State Assembly deferred action on proposed legislation that would require security background checks of flight students. NBAA, AOPA and others argued that the legislation is illegal because it’s preempted by federal authority.
A 4,300-ft VFR parallel runway–built with local funds–opened last month at Salina Airport in Kansas. With a distance of more than eight-tenths of a mile between the new runway, designated 18/36, and 13,337-foot primary Runway 17/35, simultaneous VFR operations are expected to be approved. The new runway is expected to relieve congestion on the primary runway.
The FAA flipped the switch on its wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) at 12:01 a.m. on July 10, potentially opening up thousands of runways at 5,400 public-use airports for near-precision approaches in both lateral and vertical guidance modes.
The public comment period on a proposed rewrite of FAR Parts 125 and 135 has been reopened until November 13, at the request of the aviation rulemaking committee reviewing the proposal. The regulatory review was prompted by myriad changes in the industry since Part 135 was originally written in the mid-1960s, including the growing use of bizliners such as the BBJ.