A mobile handheld identification reader and requisite software introduced by 3M will give charter companies, general aviation and FBOs a method of validating and transmitting advance passenger information system (Apis) data for Customs and Border Protection passenger screening with forwarding to the Transportation Security Administration for vetting.
Aviation International News » February 2010
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have released a runway excursion risk-reduction tool kit that provides analysis of runway excursion accident data, a compilation of significant risk factors and recommendations for operators, pilots, airports, air traffic management, air traffic controllers and regulators to help address the problem.
GE Honda Aero Engines is putting the HF120 turbofan through its paces during the engine’s year-long certification tests, Bill Dwyer, president of GE Honda Aero Engines, told AIN during a recent visit to the company’s Cincinnati facility. Type certification is expected in the first quarter of next year.
FlairJet, based at London Oxford Airport, has been issued an air operator’s certificate and is the first European company to get approval to fly charters in the Embraer Phenom 100. “We are delighted to become the first Phenom 100 operator in Europe to get AOC approval,” said FlairJet CEO David Fletcher.
Unlike many charter operators that saw revenues decline last year, Sky Limo Air Charter revenues grew during 2009, to more than $6 million before November, up from $2.5 million in 2008. Sky Limo, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was granted Platinum status by ARG/US late last year. The company added five aircraft during the past few months, including two Gulfstream G200s used for international trips, as
well as additional staff.
During the last quarter of last year, ARG/US International added 18 charter operators to its Platinum rating system, bringing the total number of operators
Pentastar Aviation, headquartered at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford, Mich., has weathered the past year’s economic turmoil and added 11 aircraft to the company’s charter/management fleet, a significant accomplishment given the dramatic cuts taking place in Michigan’s automotive-focused economy.
Charter/management and FBO company Key Air completed an arrangement in December to recapitalize its debt.
Aero Charter Jet Center recently completed a 30,000-sq-ft concrete ramp expansion at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Mo. FBO amenities include satellite HD television, crew lounge, wireless Internet access, Starbucks coffee, conference room, crew cars and beverages and snacks.
Although the reconstruction of Telluride Regional Airport’s runway was completed late last year, Phase III work is under way and should be finished this year. The remaining work includes widening safety areas and adding an engineered material arresting system.