Now that reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) operations have been running smoothly in the U.S. since Jan. 5, 2005, business jet operators are angry about the FAA’s rigid stance on the approval process and FAA inspectors’ inability to process approvals quickly.
Aviation International News » February 2010
Business aviation has been at the vanguard of the humanitarian response to the 7.0 earthquake that reduced Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to a shambles, killing or injuring hundreds of thousands of people and displacing more than a million others.
On the descent for landing in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the scene is about what you’d expect to find after violent natural forces–in this case, a sudden release of tectonic stress in the earth’s crust along the Caribbean and North American plates–have caused massive destruction in one of the world’s poorest nations. Entire neighborhoods here are pancaked into the dust. Gray smoke rises
As the clock ticks toward the November compliance date for ICAO’s Annex 6 Part II, which contains standards and recommended practices for international operators of large aircraft and business jets, many aviation safety auditors are noting an increase in audit inquiries and bookings for certification to the International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC) International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
Having delayed its launch for the third time (most recently to December), Ireland-based would-be air-taxi operator JetBird is now publicly no more specific in its planning than to say it will start operations this year. The first aircraft were to have been delivered in September but delays then were attributed to production problems at Embraer.
Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US) is endorsing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as the “one standard that all operators of business jets around the world would be measured by and audited against.” According to ARG/US CEO Joe Moeggenberg, if the industry does not take this opportunity to make IS-BAO– along with its safety management system (SMS) component–the world standard, then each governmental aviation
The FAA is seeking comments on an Airworthiness Directive aimed at contaminated Halon 1211 used in some handheld cabin fire extinguishers. According to the FAA, “The contaminated nature of this gas, when used against a fire, may provide reduced fire suppression.
Early last month, Rockwell Collins completed the acquisition of AR Group and its affiliated companies, including business aviation trip-support services provider Air Routing International.
Aircraft charter and management firm Solairus Aviation launched a program to help fund the Corporate Angel Network’s (CAN) continued efforts to provide cancer patients with free flights aboard corporate aircraft to treatment. Under the program, Solairus will support CAN with a cash contribution equal to 1 percent of the first year’s management fees for each new aircraft management client it signs up this year.
With a view to guaranteeing interoperability between the FAA’s NextGen air traffic management system (ATM) and the European Union’s Sesar (Single European Sky ATM Research), the FAA and the European Commission (EC) launched talks in Brussels aimed at drafting a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in civil aviation research and development.