A number of pilots on NBAA’s Air Mail Internet forum expressed confusion of late over Signature Flight Support’s policy on ramp fees for multiple stops on a given day.
Aviation International News » February 2003
Cessna recently delivered its 1,000th 208B Grand Caravan, bringing the total Caravan series deliveries to 1,300 since the turboprop single entered service in 1985. The 1,000th airplane went to retailer Supap Puranitee and will be based in Thailand, where it will be used primarily for personal transportation.
For the third year in a row, Duncan Aviation was named one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” The Lincoln, Neb. services company was the only general aviation firm to make the list. Ranked at number 25, Duncan was selected by the magazine based on random employee surveys regarding workplace culture, career opportunities, training and education benefits, worker appreciation and compensation.
“I’m from the FAA and I’m here to help you” will probably remain a dubious phrase, if the results of an FAA customer-satisfaction survey are any sign. In the fourth annual survey of U.S. commercial pilots conducted by the University of Michigan and its partners, the FAA gained nine points in its overall rating, up to 64 (out of 100).
Las Vegas Tracon Letter to Airmen No. 03-01 alerts operators to “significant changes” to Runway 25 Rnav Stars and departure procedures (DPs) for McCarran International Airport. Effective January 23, the andy waypoint was eliminated and Runway 25 departures are “expected to commence left turns at eyene or lodzy.” There are no major changes for Runways 1, 7 or 19 Rnav departures, according to the letter.
The FAA is proposing numerous revisions to IFR flying to reflect the technological advances intended to “facilitate the transition from ground-based navigation to new reference sources,” principally GPS. For example, the middle marker would be dropped as a required component of the ILS.
Instead of relaxing in front of a warm fire inside a cozy Colorado mountain lodge this winter, some pilots are sitting at home in front of their computer monitors, hot under the collar. Most pilots realize that managing seasonal air traffic into ski country is like funneling an L.A.
Weather satellites equipped to detect emergency locator transmitters helped rescue an estimated 1,500 sailors, hikers, downed pilots and others around the world last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its satellites, along with Russia’s Cospas satellites, form an international search-and-rescue system. NOAA said the 171 U.S.
Notwithstanding the weak economy, Piaggio delivered 14 Avantis last year, two more than in 2001 and eight more than in 2000, when the reorganized Italian company resumed production and marketing of the twin turboprop. Although the total number of Avanti deliveries over the last three years is modest compared with those of other aircraft manufacturers, Piaggio’s growth rate is enviable in terms of percentage.
The FAA determined that the minimum percentage rate for substance abuse testing this year will remain at 25 percent of covered aviation employees for random drug testing and 10 percent for random alcohol testing. Data received in the last two years indicates that the positive rate for drug testing is less than 1 percent and the positive rate for alcohol testing has been less than 0.5 percent.