New York charter broker Blue Star Jets and the DOT reached a compromise settlement regarding alleged regulatory violations in connection with the same crash of the Challenger at Teterboro Airport, N.J. The DOT said in a settlement order that Blue Star Jets arranged the flight but failed to ensure, as it “explicitly promised,” that the contracting charter operator–Platinum Jet Management–was a certified carrier.
Aviation International News » December 2005
An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA was postponed from November 1. The two have not yet set a new date for the meeting. The get-together is to discuss the FAA’s proposed $1.86 million penalty against the company for its alleged FAR violations in connection with the February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport, N.J., in which a Challenger 600 crashed following an aborted takeoff.
Bombardier’s fractional operation, Flexjet, said last month that after a decade it has turned the corner and is making money. Based on year-end projections, it will be an extremely thin margin, but a gain nonetheless. Founded in 1995, Flexjet currently has a fleet of 80 Learjets and Challengers.
The unionized NetJets pilots, represented by IBT Local 1108, on November 21 overwhelmingly ratified the tentative labor agreement signed on October 8, nearly four years after the pilots’ contract became amendable. Of the valid 1,924 ballots received (about 91 percent of the NetJets pilot workforce), 1,616 (84 percent) voted for the work contract and 308 (16 percent) opposed it.
As opposition continued to mount against a plan to make the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) permanent, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced at the AOPA Expo that he has extended the comment period deadline from November 2 to February 6.
Effective December 8, all operators requesting a special traffic management program (STMP) reservation electronically will be required to update their registration information. In addition, a new e-STMP process of obtaining and verifying reservations will go into effect at that time. The FAA has published FDC notam 5/0872, which addresses the IFR STMP for the “ski mountain” airports.
The horizontal distance currently required between lighter and heavier aircraft to avoid wake turbulence might have to be doubled for smaller aircraft flying behind the new Airbus A380, according to preliminary findings of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected next April 30. Comments are due December 31. For more information, contact the FAA at (817) 222-5607.
The FAA’s proposal to modify St. Louis Class B airspace mitigates much of the effect on general aviation thanks to early input from general aviation interests. Modifications are needed to protect instrument procedures for new Runway 11/29 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, expected to be commissioned next April.
A jury decided in favor of Cessna in a lawsuit arising from the Oct. 10, 2001, crash of a PenAir Caravan near Dillingham, Alaska. The plaintiffs, survivors of the 10 people killed in the crash, claimed the Caravan has design defects that make it dangerous to fly in icing conditions, but the jury found “no defects” contributed to the accident.