The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has quietly suspended enforcement of the rule that allowed the agency to revoke a pilot’s certificate for alleged security risks.
Aviation International News » July 2004
The House of Representatives approved the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (H.R.4520) on June 17, paving the way for a one-year extension of the time allotted to place into service business aircraft purchased under the accelerated-depreciation tax bonus.
Greek aviation officials have at last started to release slots and aircraft parking positions for business aviation traffic heading for next month’s Athens Olympic Games–months after busting their own deadlines for filing landing requests. At the new Athens International Airport, some 50 parking spaces have been set aside for head-of-state aircraft.
Manufacturers of newly designed helicopters will have to meet slightly revised U.S. noise standards, effective with applications for new designs or major design changes submitted after June 1. The FAA revised FAR Part 36 to harmonize helicopter noise standards with those of the JAA and ICAO.
The FAA is proposing a technical standard order (TSO) for night vision goggles. If adopted, TSO C-164 would set the minimum performance levels for such devices. Night vision goggles are growing in popularity among some operators as a means of enhancing the view outside aircraft in night VMC, improving situational awareness. The FAA notes that this equipment is portable, battery operated and is independent of aircraft systems.
Denton Municipal Airport, Texas-based Business Air is adding corporate aircraft refurbishment and painting to its existing FBO and aircraft charter, management, sales and leasing services. The three-year-old company has already started an interior-refurbishment project, and it plans to open a new paint facility large enough to accommodate a GIV, in mid-September.
After more than two-and-a-half years of negotiations for a new contract, the union representing some 1,900 NetJets pilots is closer to resolving their differences with NetJets management. According to Dave Vermeulen, chairman of the pilot’s union master executive council, the two sides recently reached agreement over benefits and an improved system for handling pilot grievances, disciplinary actions and terminations.
Dean Borgman, chairman of Sikorsky Aircraft, retired on July 1. Borgman, 62, was appointed chairman last year after serving as the helicopter manufacturer’s president since 1998. Steve Finger, who was named president of the company when Borgman became chairman, will now lead the company.
Pilot-in-command Lowell Lawson, 67, and copilot James Robinson were killed June 13 when their King Air 200 crashed on a Part 135 positioning flight from its home base at Summerville Airport, W. Va., to pick up passengers at Greenbriar Valley Airport in Lewisburg, about 30 miles southeast. The aircraft wreckage was located about 15 miles west of Greenbriar on or near Big Mountain, where the terrain rises to more than 3,900 feet msl.
The pilot’s decision to rapidly maneuver the helicopter at a high density altitude near steeply sloping terrain was the cause of a fatal air-tour helicopter crash on Aug. 10, 2001, according to the NTSB’s final report. The pilot and five passengers were killed and one passenger was seriously injured when the Papillon Airways AS 350 hit terrain during an uncontrolled descent near Meadview, Ariz.