Aviation International News » February 2006

September 25, 2006 - 10:15am

UK operator Club328 has launched a block-charter program called SkyClub. The entry-level package gives customers 10 hours in six-seat Raytheon Premier Is for £30,000 ($52,500).

In December, Club328 bought four low-time pre-owned Premier Is from Raytheon Aircraft. The first two had entered service by the middle of last month and the other two were due to join the Southampton-based operation by the end of this month.

September 25, 2006 - 8:30am

Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns and operates Teterboro Airport (TEB), stirred up a hornet’s nest when he proposed changes at TEB to mollify those residents who oppose the airport’s existence.

September 25, 2006 - 8:20am

Raytheon Aircraft received FAA certification for its King Air C90GT and deliveries started last month. The $2.95 million turboprop, powered by two 750-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135s, flies and climbs faster and can take off in shorter distances than the C90B it replaces.

September 25, 2006 - 8:19am

The FAA quickly removed a new requirement easing crew oxygen use in Part 121 operations upon learning that it apparently used inaccurate data to justify the rule. The rule would have changed the flight-level requirement at which the flying pilot must use his oxygen mask if the other pilot leaves the cockpit, from above FL250 to above FL350.

September 25, 2006 - 8:18am

To help pilots understand the complexities of today’s stricter airspace rules and reduce violations for operating in restricted airspace–particularly the special airspace in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area–the FAA has posted an online, self-administered training course at www. faasafety.gov/ALC. Pilots who complete the course and pass a 25-question test receive a certificate of completion.

September 25, 2006 - 8:17am

Finnish executive charter operator Jetflite has ordered a pair of Bombardier Challenger 604s to replace its two Dassault Falcon 20s. The Helsinki-based firm has operated a 604 since 2001, and the two new aircraft will join its fleet later this year. In addition to serving the Scandinavian market, the company operates into neighboring Russia and is active in the market for emergency medical flights.

September 25, 2006 - 8:16am

At press time NetJets had not named a new president, the position from which Bill Boisture resigned early last month. During his two-year tenure, Boisture, 59, was the company’s front-line negotiator with the pilot and flight attendant unions. Both groups ratified five-year labor contracts with NetJets management late last year.

September 25, 2006 - 8:15am

TAG Aviation Espana and Swissport Executive Aviation opened full-service FBOs in Spain last month. The new TAG Aviation facility is at Madrid’s Torrejon Airport. The new Swissport operation is at Malaga International Airport near the southern coast of Spain.

September 25, 2006 - 8:14am

As expected, the FAA withdrew a delayed final rule that amended the service difficulty reporting (SDR) requirements for air carriers and repair stations. The industry has raised several unresolved issues since the rules were adopted more than five years ago. The amendments would have been effective January 30. Although it withdrew the rule, the agency did adopt several other changes designed to improve the SDR program.

September 25, 2006 - 8:13am

The FAA has amended new regulations regarding aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation in response to industry concerns that the requirements applied to a much broader range of components and airplanes than was originally intended.