Former Pentagon official Thomas Bloom has been named CFO of the FAA, overseeing the agency’s $14 billion operating budget, as well as the development and FAA-wide application of cost accounting and performance management policies and systems.
Aviation International News » January 2004
Adm. James Loy, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has been promoted to second-in-command at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was selected over other higher-ranking officials in the Cabinet department.
Following an acrimonious battle between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association over the recently passed FAA reauthorization bill and a provision to privatize some control towers, the agency and the union signed a two-year contract extension last month that expands pay for performance to air traffic controllers and provides potential savings of several million dollars.
Flight’s second century began Dec. 17, 2003, at 10:35 a.m., 100 years to the minute from Orville Wright’s momentous launch of the first powered airplane. Much fanfare, including participation by the President, attended the marking of that moment at Kitty Hawk, N.C., last month.
A private fuel farm isn’t right for every operator, but it has worked out well for the flight department at Eastman Chemical, Blountville, Tenn., based at Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI). The company has had a flight department since 1957 (flying a DC-3) and now operates a pair of Gulfstream IIs and a GIV-SP.
Flightcraft began operations in 1948, the year after the introduction of the Bonanza, and was one of the early stars in the Beechcraft dealer constellation. At one time there were as many as five Flightcraft locations, all with solid markets for the entire line of Beech products. In the 1980s, Flightcraft was owned by a partnership that included David Hinson, who would later go on to become FAA Administrator.
At the Dubai Air Show last month, Jet Aviation unveiled construction plans for a maintenance center and FBO at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. With sister operations in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Dubai location will be the third Jet Aviation facility in the Middle East.
U.S. Customs has opened a second facility at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). Pilots have a choice of using either the north or south complex, and any of the five FBOs on the airport can advise which facility would likely provide the fastest turnaround at any given time. According to NBAA, the Teterboro Users’ Group (TUG), led by Becton Dickinson chief pilot Pete Bellini, was instrumental in seeing this project completed.
Pilots flying into Colorado’s ski-country airports are already aware of the controversial special traffic-management program (STMP) for filing for slots into the crowded airspace. Every year, particularly during the holiday seasons, pilots’ frustration levels rise as the number of available arrival slots dwindles, especially during bad weather.
Charter/management firm International Jet, on the newly opened south end of Denver Centennial Airport (APA), has begun operations at its “private jet terminal.” Company president Lynn Krogh described the new building as not an FBO, but rather “a convenient, private and secure setting to fly in and out of.” The $4 million, 37,000-sq-ft terminal, office and hangar complex took about a year to build and opened late last year.