The NetJets Aviation (NJA) pilots, represented by IBT Local 1108, are currently voting on an “interest-based bargaining” proposal that was struck between management and pilot representatives last month.
Aviation International News » December 2007
Jet Aviation yesterday signed an agreement with Vnukovo Invest that will allow the Swiss-based aviation company to provide maintenance services at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport by year-end. The deal makes Jet Aviation the first global independent business aviation services company operating in the growing Russian bizjet market.
UK aerospace and defense firm Cobham yesterday announced an agreement to purchase autopilot maker S-Tec from Meggitt for $38 million. S-Tec’s Mineral Wells, Texas operation and its workforce of 180 employees will be added to Cobham’s portfolio of avionics businesses in North America, which also includes Chelton Flight Systems, Wulfsburg, NAT and Artex.
Sen. Trent Lott (R. Miss.), the ranking Republican on the Senate aviation subcommittee, abruptly announced yesterday that he plans to resign next month to enter the private sector. Lott, an early advocate of user fees for general aviation, is widely seen as a supporter of GA whose “political push” is always a force to be reckoned with. By leaving before year-end, he will be eligible to lobby the Senate by January 2009.
We’re now in year two of the great “onslaught” of the very light jet, and soon these small two- and one-engine turbine-powered airplanes will be “darkening the skies” and “clogging up traffic” at airports all over the world, if some predictions are to be believed.
Opened for business a little less than two years ago, interior refurbishment specialist Interiors by Brazil has introduced a King Air 90 cabin that has close ties to a land better known for the samba and Mardi Gras.
For business jets operating in potentially hostile areas, Sweden’s Saab might soon offer some protection. The company’s Avitronics division is hoping to receive EASA certification within the next eight months for its Civil Aircraft Missile Protection System (Camps). The company claims the defense system–based on countermeasures already in use on military aircraft–is the only such European system for civil aircraft.
After denying requests for an extension of the comment period on proposed new rules involving U.S. border crossings by general aviation aircraft, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency reversed course last month and extended the comment period until December 4.
Airport encroachment and land use might be the next big issue beyond user fees, said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports, at the American Association of Airport Executives General Aviation Issues Conference in Naples, Fla., recently. For good or bad, “development always follows airports,” he added.
In the northern hemisphere, it’s that time of year again, when clouds are full of ice and it’s time to dust off those icing training manuals and relearn the pertinent points about handling icing conditions.