In a legal brief filed last month in support of an FAA ruling in March against the Stage 2 noise ban at Naples Airport, Fla., AOPA said that neither the airport’s authority nor any other airport sponsor that accepts federal improvement funds should be exempted from contract grant obligations to make the airport available to all users. The Naples Airport Authority is appealing the FAA’s ruling against the nearly three-year-old ban.
Aviation International News » July 2003
In an unusual move, the FAA has proposed an AD that would require pilots to view a new icing-awareness training video before they could serve as PIC of Mitsubishi MU-2Bs. The requirement would supplement a 1997 AD requiring MU-2B pilots to take an eight-hour training course about flying in icing conditions.
JetEquity Travel has opened its doors with a block-charter operation out of Westchester County Airport, north of New York City. According to Frank Gallagi, managing director of parent company JetEquity LLC, the program is unique in that the client is required to put up only 50 percent of the funds required to cover the total number of block hours purchased, which may be as little as $10,000 worth.
The growth of fractional aircraft share sales has cooled recently, reflected by delayed and canceled orders for new aircraft by fractional providers (AIN, May, page 1). Another apparent reflection of the downturn is the sharp reduction in total pilot hiring by the major fractional providers.
Effective July 1, William Swanson, a 31-year Raytheon veteran who was president of the Lexington, Mass. company, takes over as CEO. Swanson replaces Dan Burnham, who announced one day after presenting the company’s first-quarter financial results that he would leave the company. Burnham joined Raytheon in July 1998 from AlliedSignal, where he was president and COO.
Stephanie Snyder, vice president of marketing and communications at Gulfstream Aerospace, resigned unexpectedly last month. She had been with the Savannah, Ga. manufacturer for more than six years. Snyder also served as an executive assistant to former Gulfstream president Bill Boisture, who left the company abruptly in April, to be replaced by then vice chairman Bryan Moss (AIN, May, page 1).
Three-year-old JetBlue Airlines has become the launch customer for the new Embraer 190, signing a firm order for 100 of the twinjets, with options for 100 more. Slated to start taking deliveries of the airplanes in the third quarter of 2005, the carrier will outfit each aircraft with 100 two-by-two leather seats at 32-inch pitch and its signature DirecTV satellite television at every seat.
After experiencing a meteoric rise lasting almost a full decade, business jet production this year is anticipated to decline for the third year in a row. Those looking for a silver lining will be disappointed to learn that next year isn’t expected to be much better–nor is the year after that.
Early last month, 11 airport and ATC officials went on trial in connection with Italy’s worst aviation disaster: the Oct. 8, 2001 collision of a Scandinavian Airlines MD-87 and a corporate Citation CJ2 on a runway at Milan Linate Airport in thick fog that killed 118 people. The group is accused of negligence in the operation of the airport (AIN, November 2001, page 16).
The ongoing investigation into the fatal crash of a Bell 407 following a loss of engine power during a low-altitude hover has prompted the NTSB to ask the FAA to address an allegedly “catastrophic failure mode” with the full-authority digital electronic control (FADEC) system.