The National Air Transportation Association expressed relief with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to propose a 12-month delay–until August 17 next year–for FBOs to submit amended oil-spill-prevention plans, and Feb. 18, 2006, for FBOs to implement the plans. Comments on the proposal, due by July 7, are expected to be overwhelmingly in favor of the delay. Initial compliance is scheduled for next month.
Aviation International News » July 2004
A 25-year-old Illinois man jumped to his death from a Papillon Airways Bell 206L while in cruise flight over the Grand Canyon on June 10. According to Papillon, the passenger called on June 9 and requested a window seat on a tour flight. A window seat wasn’t available, so the passenger called back the next day (June 10) and was told that he could get a window seat.
The Trajen FBO network added its 15th location last month with the purchase of the Million Air facility at Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City. In the coming months, Trajen said upgrades will include new ground service equipment, gourmet coffee from Peet’s, Trajen Connect Internet services and other changes to “integrate the new location into its branded network.”
A Circuit Court judge refused to grant a new trial to the family of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan seeking punitive damages against Parker Hannifin. The judge said evidence was too weak to give to a jury, according to AOPA. The NTSB’s investigation into the crash of a Cessna 335 that killed Carnahan, his son and an aide on Oct. 16, 2000, found vacuum pumps made by Parker Hannifin were providing instruments with proper indications.
FAA actions on 9/11 “demonstrated the urgency and initiative of many employees who were acting under intense pressure,” the agency said in a response to the findings last month of the 9/11 commission. But, the commission noted, the FAA faced a situation it had “never encountered or trained against” and no one involved had “perfect information” that morning.
As part of an increase in the FAA’s regulatory-enforcement program, aircraft owners have until July 31 to complete and return the triennial aircraft registration form if their address is not current. Owners who fail to correct an outdated address might see their registration suspended or revoked and their N numbers canceled, the agency said. The FAA has prepared a list of registrations that have incorrect addresses.
NetJets Europe has launched a new NetJets Corporate Card program to market smaller blocks of flight time in its fractional-ownership fleet without the need to acquire an aircraft share. At the same time, it has rebranded Marquis Private Jet Card as the NetJets Private Jet Card, with NetJets having taken control of the London-based Marquis Jet Partners Europe operation.
A recent memo from NBAA’s lawyers reaffirmed the association guidance that a Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) subscription is not required to view videos legally during Part 91 flights. MPLC, a copyright-licensing service representing various movie producers, has continued contacting corporate aircraft operators to sell them “a public performance exhibition license,” according to NBAA.
The business aviation outlook is improving, according to two international charter/management firms whose parent companies are both based in Geneva. PrivatAir announced last month that growth last year “was beyond all expectations,” helping to increase revenues by 20 percent. The first few months of this year “have shown a continuation of this trend,” it said.
Deborah Hersman, sworn in last month as a member of the NTSB, has minimal aviation experience compared with the extensive background of John Goglia, the Safety Board member she replaced (see page 74). For the last five years and before joining