A survey mandated by Congress could lead to a grant program for security enhancements at general aviation airports. But AOPA cautioned the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that the results of the survey should be used for the allocation of funding, not the imposition of requirements.
Aviation International News » August 2010
The FAA late last week released a proposed legal interpretation that would revise “broad prohibition on pro rata reimbursement for the cost of owning, operating and maintaining a company aircraft when used for routine personal travel by senior company officials and employees under certain conditions.” This issue has been looming since 1993 when the FAA issued the “Schwab Interpretation,” which prohibits reimbursement for personal travel under
A shakeup in the methods by which federal funds are allocated to GA airports through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) could soon be in the works.
Textron CEO Scott Donnelly said his company is prepared to increase R&D spending at subsidiaries Bell and Cessna in anticipation of the aviation industry’s recovery.
He noted that Bell’s R&D funding will be increased by 50 percent, but did not specify how much Cessna’s R&D budget would rise. New models and upgrades to existing aircraft may come as soon as 2012, Donnelly said.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) acquired Woodland, Wash.-based LifePort, a major accessories manufacturer specializing in air medical systems, interior furnishings and lightweight armor for airplanes and helicopters. The acquisition further strengthens SAS’s accessories business segment.
More than 500 general aviation employees, 50 state and local officials and several industry leaders gathered at the Air10 Jet Center at Lunken Airport last month for the Ohio General Aviation Forum. The event was organized by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and featured remarks by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Reps.
São Paulo, Brazil-based Embraer delivered 69 regional and executive jets in the second quarter, up 15 aircraft from the same period last year. Shipments of Embraer’s executive jets more than doubled from 19 in the second quarter last year to 40 this year, while regional jet deliveries fell from 35 to 29.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is interested in making it easier for corporate aircraft to use Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and last month held a security summit with industry associations to discuss the issue. Five NBAA members that have overcome the many obstacles to flying into DCA also attended.
Breaking for the Independence Day holiday, Congress extended funding for FAA operations and programs for a 14th time. New reauthorization legislation has been bottled up in a conference committee that is wrangling over a knotty problem that has next to nothing to do with the FAA–a little known provision tucked into the House bill that would make it easier for ground workers at FedEx to organize a union.
The new passenger terminal at the London Heliport was officially opened on July 13. The facility is operated and managed by PremiAir on behalf of its parent company von Essen Group, which is due to open its new Hotel Verta on the same site next month.