Aviation International News » June 2006

September 15, 2006 - 4:57am

Under the fractional aircraft ownership provider’s recently introduced PennVet VIP program, owners traveling with pets in the U.S. get 24/7 emergency veterinary advice and referrals. A dedicated phone number provides direct access to the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

September 15, 2006 - 4:55am

The organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event plan to expand future meetings to include an aircraft static display and exhibit area and turn the event into an annual affair. During the event’s first run last November at the Dubai Air Show the agenda was confined to speakers addressing various ways to use business aircraft in the region.

September 15, 2006 - 4:47am

In testimony before the Senate appropriations subcommittee on transportation early last month, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey continued to play her cards close to the vest on plans to finance the agency in the future.

September 15, 2006 - 4:39am

The judge overseeing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Minneapolis-based Mesaba Airlines ruled last month that the airline may not unilaterally cancel the union contracts of its pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. Trumpeted by the unions as a major victory for labor, the 98-page ruling issued by Judge Gregory Kishel in St.

September 14, 2006 - 12:18pm

A Falcon parts price guarantee program and a program to improve dispatch reliability are two of the latest efforts Dassault has launched as part of a plan to “become the undisputed leader in customer support in business aviation.” Under the parts program, if Dassault “agrees” that the customer has found a component equivalent to a factory replacement part, the company will match the price.

September 14, 2006 - 12:06pm

JetPass Ultimate is a new jet card program from Cleveland-based Flight Options. The fractional operator said a deposit of $100,000 allows customers to select the specific aircraft needed–light, midsize or large–from the company’s fleet. Fuel surcharges are included. Any balance is “fully refundable” and the program allows trips to Cabo San Lucas, Bermuda, Mexico and most of the Caribbean without ferry fees.

September 14, 2006 - 12:04pm

Early this month the FAA is scheduled to start a new air traffic management initiative called the Airspace Flow Program (see Advisory Circular 90-102). The AFP is used when severe weather constrains traffic in the Northeast. Affected pilots will receive an expect departure clearance time (EDCT) before takeoff, which helps ATC meter traffic through areas with severe weather. Westbound flights are not part of the AFP.

September 14, 2006 - 12:01pm

The FAA is developing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) addressing special requirements for the interiors of transport-category business jets. If enacted, these standards can be used instead of the current requirements, which were originally intended for transport-category airplanes operated by airlines.

September 14, 2006 - 11:58am

Cessna has joined with the FAA and the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) for a Caravan “educational and awareness campaign.” The coalition “will pool resources to enhance existing operational procedures in harsh environments, including operation in icing conditions,” said the RACCA, whose members fly the overwhelming majority of Caravans.

September 14, 2006 - 11:55am

Raytheon Aircraft might make a “formal announcement later in the year” on a new or derivative business jet. A spokesman said, “We are currently looking at the market segment between the Hawker 400XP and the Hawker 850XP.” Three years ago, the company shelved plans for the Hawker 450, a midsize twinjet announced at the 2000 NBAA Convention.