Air-taxi operators might be interested in checking out the DOT’s revised list of airfields that are designated “rural airports” for the purposes of the segment fee portion of federal excise taxes. Air-taxi and other commercial operators are not required to collect segment fees on flights to or from rural airports.
Aviation International News » June 2005
The comment period on the FAA’s proposed upgrades to cockpit voice and flight data recorders has been extended to June 28, the result of a request by the Aerospace Industries Association and the agency’s expectations that it will receive additional extension requests “based on the lack of comments” to date. At press time, the regulatory docket showed that about 40 comments have been submitted.
Greer Aviation has opened security screening facilities at its FBOs in Edinburgh and Prestwick, Scotland. Equipped with metal detectors and baggage scanners, the facilities are designed to meet expected securityrequirements for commercial flights, including executive charter and fractional operations, in aircraft with mtow between 6,000 and 22,000 pounds.
Bombardier signed a series of LOIs last month with the governments of Canada, Quebec and the UK for major manufacturing and assembly sites for its proposed C Series of airliners.
The FAA is expected to announce a major ILS contract award within the next 90 days, according to agency insiders. As currently written, the contract will call for the purchase and installation of as many as 615 instrument landing systems between 2007 and 2013. The large majority of systems will provide precision approaches at new locations while the balance will replace older equipment.
Safe Flight Instrument is working with Raytheon Aircraft to obtain an STC on an autothrottle system for Hawker 800XPs. The White Plains, N.Y. company’s AutoPowersystem for the Hawker 800XP is expected to be ready for delivery early next summer.
The FAA has appealed an NTSB administrative law judge’s decision in favor of Darby Aviation on its appeal following the March 23 FAA emergency suspension of its Part 135 certificate. The NTSB last month was scheduled to either affirm or reverse the judge’s decision.
The 17th annual Greater Washington Aviation Opengolf and tennis tournament held May 9 at the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., raised a record $115,000 for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN). Since its inception the event has raised nearly $1 million for CAN
Cleveland-based fractional operator Flight Options is now offering an optional extended service program for new owners that covers flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Another new option includes applying part of the cost of the company’s JetPass card toward the purchase of a fractional share.
Eclipse Aviation of Albuquerque, N.M., increased the price of its Eclipse 500 very light twinjet to $1.295 million (in 2000 dollars), a jump of $120,000 over the previous tag. The new price is still less than that of any of the other very light twinjets under development.