Following the mandatory 60-day consultation period, Nav Canada was planning to go ahead with a 6.9-percent average increase to its air navigation service charges. The increase, according to the agency, is necessary for Nav Canada to deal with the continued downturn in air traffic. The new charges are effective as of August 1, with annual and quarterly charges to be implemented on March 1 next year.
Aviation International News » August 2003
The Transportation Department has created a new FAA office for internal security and hazardous materials, and 24-year FAA veteran Lynne Osmus has been named to head it. The 450 employees in her office will oversee the FAA’s hazardous materials program, personnel and contractor security investigations, as well as security for FAA facilities.
It was a honeymoon gone bad. Attorney Walt Wilkins, 29, and his bride Donyelle, 27, had flown from Charleston, S.C., on July 19 to catch an Air Sunshine flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Bahamas. En route from Fort Lauderdale to Treasure Cay, pilot Hassan Moslemi, 45, radioed that he was having a problem with the right engine. Minutes later the aircraft ditched in the ocean. Wilkins, his son and his new wife safely escaped.
A chartered Fairchild Metro on a safari flight crashed on Mt. Kenya on July 19, killing both pilots and all 12 passengers. The South African-registered twin turboprop had left from Nairobi/Wilson Airport at about 3:48 p.m., en route to Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and crashed at the mountain’s 16,000-foot level in cloudy conditions just before sunset. A flight plan had allowed for an aerial sightseeing tour of Mt.
Almost a century ago, Henry Ford launched his Model T as a car for the masses and subsequently produced 15 million automobiles over 19 years. Camilo Salomon, president and CEO of Safire Aircraft, does not fancy himself a Henry Ford, but he has high hopes that the company’s six-place Safire Jet will become the personal jet for masses of owner-flown operators.
Garmin late last month announced a deal to buy UPS Aviation Technologies, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, for $38 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close this quarter, after which UPS Aviation Technologies will change its name to Garmin AT.
Flight-planning and ground-handling specialist group Feras has opened a new operations center at Prague in the Czech Republic. Feras specializes in supporting operations in the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as eastern and central Europe. Its main headquarters is in Moscow. The new operation is led by Olga Lomteva, who has been the company’s Moscow operations manager for the past seven years.
Arinc Direct, the recently formed business aviation unit of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc, announced it is teaming with Shadin and AeroMech to offer a package of RVSM avionics and approval documentation for 500-series Citations. The avionics include a Shadin instrument cluster designed for the Citation, an Arinc installation kit and the STCs needed to bring 500-series Citation airframes into compliance with RVSM rules.
Gulfstream deliveries are down. In its report for the first half, parent company General Dynamics revealed that Gulfstream Aerospace second-quarter green deliveries were down from 24 aircraft last year to 19 aircraft this year, and that deliveries had dropped from 51 airplanes in the first half of last year to 34 airplanes in the first six months of this year. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Savannah, Ga.
A spokesman for Embraer confirmed that the Brazilian airplane manufacturer repossessed the two leased aircraft it delivered earlier this year to Chicago-based Indigo. It has also canceled the company’s remaining firm order for 23 more Legacy Shuttles.