Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has shelved long-standing plans to build a new business aviation terminal on the east side of the Dutch gateway. According to an airport spokeswoman, the development has been postponed due to financial constraints but is expected to be resumed before the end of this year.
Aviation International News » March 2004
Manufacturers delivered 518 new business jets last year, some 23 percent fewer than the 676 shipped in 2002, according to the annual year-end report released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Last year’s figure is the lowest level since 1998, when 520 business jets were delivered.
Transport Canada found no violations of Federal Aviation Regulations during a special-purpose audit of Georgian Express, and on January 27 returned the operator certificate to the Toronto-based airline. The certificate was suspended on January 22, five days after a fatal crash of one of the company’s Cessna 208B Caravans in which the pilot and all nine passengers were killed.
Under new FAA anti-drug and alcohol-misuse regulations, repair stations are responsible only for their own compliance, and not the compliance of their contractors, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) determined.
Most NBAA exhibitor advisory members agree that the economy so far this year is already better than last year, and they forecast that business aircraft orders in 2004 will show a year-over-year increase. NBAA said it relies on this committee to “provide feedback and advice to ensure” that all NBAA conventions, regional forums and seminars are the “foremost showcases in the world for business aviation.”
As of early last month, the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, scheduled for May 25, 26 and 27 in Geneva, Switzerland, had already sold 30 percent more exhibit space than last year’s show, according to NBAA. Launched in 2001, this year’s event promises to “set both exhibit and attendance records,” NBAA said.
Jeppesen recently kicked off a five-year plan to introduce a “fully integrated line of new JAA training products.” The first, a revised set of ATPL training texts, is scheduled to be released this fall and will replace the current ATPL manuals. Over the next three years Jeppesen will also produce training manuals for other JAA licenses and certifications, including the commercial pilot license and instrument rating.
Want to know what your aviation state taxes are being used for, how to apply for refunds and other tax details? Then you might want to check out the 2004 State Tax Guide for General Aviation from costing analysts Conklin & de Decker. The guide, which comes on a CD-ROM, also shows how sales and use taxes apply to aircraft sales, ownership, leases, parts, labor, fuel purchases and maintenance.
A tax seminar specifically geared toward Part 135 air-charter operators will be held on May 17 in Las Vegas in conjunction with the National Air Transportation Association’s annual convention. The seminar will be presented by Nel Sanders-Stubbs, a partner with Conklin & de Decker business-aviation costing analysts of Orleans, Mass.
Flight Options, the second-largest fractional aircraft provider, last month named Michael Scheeringa as COO. Formerly v-p of US Airways’ Express division, Scheeringa will be responsible for the overall operations, maintenance, procurement and customer care for Flight Options. He will report directly to Flight Options chairman and CEO John Nahill.