Late last month the FAA issued several Notams eliminating enhanced Class B airspace and reducing the dimension of the temporary flight restriction areas in Washington, New York and Boston. The Notams also restore Part 91 access to New York’s JFK and La Guardia Airports.
Aviation International News » December 2001
Now that Congress has completed its $15 billion bailout of the airlines as a result of September 11, attention is finally turning to the small aviation businesses that lost and continue to lose money.
Late last month CAE was expected to acquire SimuFlite Training International. General Electric, which bought SimuFlite from Southern Air Transport in 1998, agreed to sell the company to Toronto-based CAE for $247 million.
Flight Options and Raytheon Aircraft are combining their fractional-ownership programs into a new company in which the “new” Flight Options will hold 50.1 percent and Raytheon will hold 49.9 percent. The new Flight Options will account for more than 1,600 share owners, 200 jets and 900 pilots. Raytheon Aircraft will also supply Flight Options with 115 new business jets.
A fragile and intricate set of deals last month promise to keep Meigs Field (CGX) open until 2026, but the Illinois General Assembly could still reverse the terms with a simple majority vote anytime after Jan. 1, 2006. As part of the same round, Meigs supporter Illinois Gov.
The whole idea of a business trip is to do some business, and that’s exactly what Embraer’s Legacy business jet did last month, when it first touched down on U.S. soil and rolled up to the NBAA static display on December 11.
Avolar, the budding stand-alone fractional business jet division of UAL Corp., stepped up its launch effort last month with a pair of new aircraft orders–despite a current economy that has other fractional providers turning to new marketing tactics. To boot, the Avolar business plan is ahead of schedule. Avolar president Stuart Oran said at the NBAA Convention in New Orleans last month, “We are now operational.
EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ROANOKE, VA, OCT. 16, 2001–Thirty passengers, two pilots and one flight attendant walked away from a hard night landing in gusty crosswinds. The aircraft, however, didn’t fare as well. Although the RJ was substantially damaged in the excursion, it was flown on a scheduled flight to Charlotte the next day.
BOEING 737-200, PATNA, INDIA, JULY 17, 2000–What causes a flight crew to lose control of their aircraft, without mechanical failure as a catalyst, and stall on final approach in visual conditions? While we can never fully navigate a pilot’s psyche, a court of inquiry formed by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation recently released its findings into just such an accident.
What with anthrax scares shutting down congressional office buildings for purification and cleansing, and both houses tossing brickbats at each other over precautionary measures, legislators scrambled for space and time to maintain some semblance of normalcy. Some 10 government agency appropriations bills stalled and were not enacted to start the new fiscal year on October 1.