Eurocontrol, the European international body that coordinates upper-airspace IFR traffic, recently published a study about business aviation in its 31-nation territory– the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Eastern Europe. The organization has produced studies on scheduled and non-scheduled air traffic in the past, with the purpose of anticipating growth and preparing infrastructure.
Aviation International News » August 2006
A bankruptcy judge on July 14 allowed regional carrier Mesaba Airlines to void the contracts for 1,300 pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. In a last-ditch effort to allow the two sides to negotiate the matter, the judge asked Mesaba to give the unions at least 10 days’ notice before imposing terms on its workers that would cut wages and benefits by 19.4 percent. Mesaba’s pilot union said it will strike if the airline imposes these terms.
Into an environment in which airlines perceive business aviation as competition for high-end travelers comes a study suggesting that business aviation is not necessarily benefiting from airline losses. According to the analysis–from Washington. D.C. consulting firm The Velocity Group–by fare category and estimates of business aircraft ridership, both the airlines and business aviation have shown similar growth between 2000 and 2005.
International Water-Guard (IWG) Industries, a Canadian firm specializing in water treatment products for aircraft, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Bombardier. According to IWG, Bombardier is using a system “effectively identical to ours and its refusal to discuss any meaningful settlement pushed us to file the lawsuit.” A spokesman for Bombardier declined to comment.
Bombardier has published a Service Bulletin for a Honeywell GTCP36-150 APU retrofit for Challenger 601s and 604s. The new APU replaces the original GTCP36-100 series and provides significant performance, operational and maintenance benefits over original equipment, the company said. The -150 APU is standard equipment on new Challenger 604s and the Challenger 605, scheduled to enter service in next year’s third quarter.
Based on a study of 11 accidents that occurred between December 2002 and February this year, the NTSB expressed “serious concern” about the effectiveness of ATC’s minimum safe altitude warning system (MSAW) and conflict-alert systems. According to the Safety Board, in several of the accidents–including the Oct.
Macquarie Infrastructure, a New York subsidiary of Australian-based Macquarie Bank, late last month closed on an agreement to purchase the Trajen network of FBOs. Under the transaction, the 23 former Trajen FBOs will be combined with the 19 Atlantic Aviation facilities to create a chain of 42 locations across the U.S. Macquarie purchased Atlantic Aviation in 2004.
About six months ago, someone–either a customer or an aircraft manufacturer–queried Rockwell Collins about a runway with a displaced threshold in a Pro Line FMS database. The airport databases in FMSs used in the Pro Line 4 and 21 avionics suites provide total runway length but not available landing distance (runway length less displaced threshold or usable length).
Nav Canada is reducing user fees–or service charges–by 2 percent beginning next month. Nav Canada’s charter requires that the organization’s revenue essentially balance its operating costs, except under special circumstances.
Despite assurances from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey that the agency was near a new financing plan, user-fee storm clouds continue to roil on the horizon without form or shape.