The FAA approved a U.S. Air Force petition to conduct night-vision flight-training operations at and above 18,000 ft msl in aircraft without their position lights on, according to AOPA. The association reported these flights will occur in Class A airspace (above 18,000 ft msl), where ATC can provide separation advisories to civil aircraft when lights-out training is being conducted.
Aviation International News » March 2002
Aerospace Concepts Inc. introduced charter flights in Japan, Asia and the Pacific Rim in a Gulfstream IV-SP and a GV managed and operated by ACI from its hangar and maintenance facilities in Guam. The Pacific island was chosen as the base of operations for Asia because of its close proximity to the market, excellent facilities and status as a U.S. territory, the company said.
MedAire is introducing a series of computer-based training classes designed to give flight crews a way to stay current on their medical training, including staying qualified in CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use without attending formal classes. MedAire’s e-Learning courseware is part of Jeppesen’s new distance-learning system called FliteCrew DLS.
Honeywell introduced two new collision avoidance and ground proximity warning systems intended for light to medium turbines airplanes. Both the KTA 970 TCAS I and KMH 980 TCAS I/Class B TAWS are TSO’d and capable of tracking up to 60 aircraft and displaying as many as 30 aircraft at ranges up to 40 nm. The KTA 970 lists for $25,752 and the KMH 980 lists for $32,992. The new units are designed to interface with standard EFIS and TCAS displays.
Penalties for violating temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in the wake of September 11 could be severe. The FAA believes that any pilot who violates the TFRs has demonstrated “a substantial disregard for safety and security, warranting a 150- to 240-day suspension or revocation of pilot certificates,” according to the AOPA.
UK-based European Skytime has been remarketing NetJets Europe shares for almost two years under its Flight Commitment program. On February 15 it revised its prices downward to reflect the fact that Executive Jet now allows one-eighth-share holders 100 occupied hours per year (compared with 75 hr previously).
Marquis, the U.S.-based remarketer of Executive Jet’s NetJets fractional-ownership shares, has opened a European sister company. London-based Marquis Jet Partners is selling 25-flight-hour packages for the four aircraft types in the NetJets Europe fleet, namely the Citation Bravo, Citation Excel, Hawker 800XP and Falcon 2000.
Bombardier has relaunched its Flexjet Europe business aircraft shared-use program under the name Jet Membership. The new program, which was unveiled February 12 in London, will use an all-Bombardier fleet of some 40 aircraft operated by 10 approved executive charter operators around Europe and will offer hourly rates that are 10 percent lower than the original Flexjet Europe concept.
General Electric’s flight department was expected to move this month into its new 100,000-sq-ft hangar/office complex on 12 acres at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., about 50 mi north of Manhattan.
The current Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates in effect through June 30 are: 0 to 500 sm–$0.2031; 501 to 1,500 sm–$0.1548; and more than 1,500 sm–$0.1489. The SIFL terminal charge is $37.12. SIFL fees are used to satisfy IRS requirements for operators to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-supplied aircraft.