“If I talk to ten people, I get ten different versions of what they believe an SMS [Safety Management System] is,” FAA associate administrator of aviation safety Nick Sabatini told attendees at the fourth FAA International Aviation Safety Forum.
Aviation International News » January 2008
General aviation groups got in under the wire last month in commenting on proposed new rules for general aviation aircraft traversing U.S. border crossings. Most of their concerns are centered on how aircraft operators should submit manifest information.
Some 60 days after it began its per-seat, on-demand air service, Boca Raton, Fla.-based DayJet last month added to its very light jet air-taxi network 28 new destinations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.
As the holidays approached, the likelihood of any action on the FAA budget dimmed considerably when lawmakers carved a provision to increase the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots out of both FAA reauthorization bills and overwhelmingly approved raising the limit from 60 to 65. President Bush signed the measure into law within hours.
On November 27 Jet Aviation became the first international business aviation services group to establish a support operation in Moscow when it took possession of a hangar next to the Vnukovo-3 business aviation terminal. It has also begun construction on a 33,000-sq-ft hangar that should be completed early this year.
After Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) announced November 26 that he would leave the Senate at the end 2007, it didn’t take long to fill his post as the ranking Republican member of the Senate aviation subcommittee. With- in days, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) was named to replace him.
Lufthansa is ordering its own business jets to replace those supplied thus far by NetJets Europe (NJE) for Lufthansa’s Private Jet service. The German-based carrier claims the success of the service makes a sound business case for buying the aircraft.
The Lindbergh Foundation announced last month the recent launch of the Aviation Green Investment Fund (AGI-Fund), an initiative that encourages corporations and individuals to support scientific research and education projects within the industry. The foundation supports many aviation-related research projects, sponsored by companies such as Lycoming Engines and Jeppesen. The latest grant recipient, Dr.
France-based engine manufacturer Snecma has started ground-testing the core engine demonstrator of its Silvercrest turbofan design. At the company’s Villaroche facilities near Paris, the $100 million demonstration effort is expected to pave the way for full-scale development. The 9,500- to 12,000-pound-thrust engine is targeted mainly at super-midsize to large business jets. Snecma is hoping to launch the program by the middle of the year.
United Arab Emirates-based Prestige Jet has signed an agreement to provide EMS flights for Flight Ambulance International (FAI). The company will operate a fleet of Bombardier Learjet 55s from bases in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. FAI is based in Nuremberg, Germany, and provides evacuation flights out of Africa. The Middle East is a growing part of its business, already accounting for 8 percent of operations.