Faced with a dwindling order tally, France’s Dassault Aviation is making changes to its work schedule to cut costs while limiting the effect on salaries. In late June the company signed an agreement with three out of four unions for a part-time working arrangement planned to take effect from September to February next year.
Aviation International News » August 2009
While business aircraft flight hours are down from this time last year, the level of industry safety has improved disproportionately, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based business aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. In the first half of the year U.S.
FAA scrutiny of on-demand Part 135 charter operators may increase following a report issued July 13 by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (IG). This report is the first of two parts and focused on evaluating “the differences between FAA regulation and oversight for on-demand operators and larger, commercial air carriers.”
The European Aviation Safety Agency suspended the European type certificate (TC) held by bankrupt Eclipse Aviation. The company was granted the EASA type certificate on Nov. 21, 2008, and four days later Eclipse Aviation filed for bankruptcy.
XOJet launched a national network of “fare on-demand” rates for aircraft charter service starting at $12,000 on more than 15,000 dedicated routes. According to XOJet, its new fixed-price program eliminates the need for buyers to compare complicated quotes or negotiate with multiple providers. XOJet operates a fleet of Citation Xs and earlier this year launched fixed-price coast-to-coast charter service.
A report from the Department of Transportation inspector general found that the FAA’s reported rate of training failures among newly hired air traffic controllers is not accurate because the agency does not track failures among new controllers separately; the current rate will likely increase as the FAA hires more new controllers between Fiscal Years 2009 and 2017; the FAA does not have a uniform definition of training failures and other types
TAG Aviation has applied to raise the annual limit on aircraft movements at London-area Farnborough Airport from 28,000 to 50,000. The company, which operates the UK airport under a 99-year lease, is also requesting an increase in the limit on movements on weekends and public holidays from 5,000 to 8,900. Last year, TAG won approval to increase weekend movements from 2,500 to 5,000.
The application by the Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport Authority (BGPAA) to establish a nighttime noise curfew for Stage 3 aircraft at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Southern California is complete, the FAA said. This means that the clock has started ticking on the agency’s 180-day review period and that the FAA will approve or deny the proposed mandatory noise curfew on or before November 1.
A U.S. Court of Appeals last month affirmed the preliminary injunction that barred Delta Air Lines from ending Mesa Air Group’s Delta Connection agreement covering 22 Embraer ERJ 145s. A U.S. District Court issued the injunction in May of last year after Delta alleged that Mesa subsidiary Freedom Airlines failed to meet completion rate guarantees.
The first wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 is quickly taking shape at the business jet manufacturer’s Savannah, Ga. facility, the company said. “The speed and ease with which the wing join, engine mount and fuselage components, including the empennage, came together is a tribute to the people who designed and manufactured these major parts,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering and test Pres Henne.