More than a year later, southern Manhattan still seems scarred, incomplete; the variegated skyline stretching the length of the island seems an architectural sentence without an emphatic piece of closing punctuation. It’s the visual equivalent of “phantom limb syndrome,” that condition amputees suffer in which they’re not only aware of their amputated appendages but also suffer aches and pains as
Aviation International News » December 2002
The October announcement by Raytheon that it had won a Department of Defense contract–potentially worth $25 million–to develop next-generation anti-jamming systems for GPS underlines security specialists’ concern that GPS is now “an attractive target” for terrorists.
Turbomeca has boosted its customer-support operation, increasing its team of field-service representatives to 40 and its service centers to 23. The number of field- service technicians based at these centers has also grown to 50 to improve turn times on repairs. The French helicopter powerplant maker has also established “Turbo-Link” teams to support field representatives with technical expertise and service coordination.
Independent pilots have been joined by flight attendants and mechanics in the newly renamed Independent Contract Aviation Professionals of America association (ICAPAmerica). The organization, which grew out of an online forum for independent contract pilots, held a breakfast get-together in Orlando, Fla., on the last day of this fall’s NBAA Convention.
Eurocontrol’s upper-area control center at Maastricht in the Netherlands on November 3 activated its new operations facility, which includes an advanced operator input and display system (ODS). The new color display equipment replaced a monochrome ODS that had been installed in the early 1980s. New “windowing” techniques should allow controllers to get a better view of the en route air-traffic situation.
Gloucestershire Airport in the southwest of England wants to attract a new FBO to handle its increasing volume of corporate aircraft traffic. Traffic during August was up by 32 percent, reaching a 10-year high.
The London City Airport operator has entered the executive charter market with a new Dassault Falcon 900EX. Early in October it secured a commercial AOC for the aircraft, which will also be flown for Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond, who owns the airport.
Location, location, location is the premise on which London City Airport (LCY) has built its new Jet Centre, and it is on the same premise that it will charge business aircraft operators landing and handling fees averaging two to four times those at its nearest
Over the last few decades cities have been witnessing corporate migrations from traditional business and residential cores to the suburbs. In the case of Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S., the move has been predominantly toward the north, where the Gulf of Mexico’s wetlands give way to a more idyllic setting of pine forests, rolling hills and woodland lakes.
When you pull up to the gas pump in your car, you probably don’t think much about what is in your fuel. Perhaps you try to find a certain brand based on the fuel card in your pocket, but usually price is the primary factor. What about when you’re fueling your aircraft? Most corporate aircraft pilots and operators are aware of the fuel system icing inhibitors (FSII) and biocides available as additives for jet-A and jet-A1.