The FAA has revised FAR Part 91.321 to clarify that private aircraft operators can transport candidates on campaign travel for state and local elective offices and accept payment for the flight in accordance with state and local election laws. The new rule will take effect on March 2.
Aviation International News » March 2005
Former Free Flight Phase 1 director Charles Keegan has been appointed vice president for operations planning in the FAA’s Air Traffic Management Organization (ATO), succeeding Norman Fujisaki, who is retiring. Keegan will continue as director of the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), the interagency organization developing the long-term plan for the next-generation air transport system.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have teamed on a program to reduce and prevent worker exposure to bad weather hazards in and around airport cargo and mail ramp areas, as well as other areas associated with aircraft maintenance operations.
The FAA last month chose Lockheed Martin from a field of five bidders to provide the services now offered by the agency’s 58 automated flight service stations in the continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Under a five-year contract that includes five additional option years, the agency expects to save $2.2 billion if it exercises all of the option years.
Cessna Aircraft opened its new $61 million Citation Service Center multi-use facility in Wichita in December and the interior refurbishment shop is hard at work. Since the start of the year, Cessna has done 10 cabin refurbishment jobs. A spokeswoman at Cessna said the ability to do interior refurbishment while an aircraft is in the same facility for maintenance substantially reduces downtime.
Bizjet International in Tulsa has become the first non-OEM in the U.S. to install an International Communications Group (ICG) satellite fax system. According to manager
Canadian manufacturer Bombardier delivered the first Challenger 300 from its Montreal center in January. Before a restructuring last year, the company had expected to do Challenger 300 interiors at its Tucson, Ariz. facility, but shifted the responsibility to its new integrated manufacturing center in Montreal. The center combines final assembly activities with interior completion and paint for all of its Challenger business jet line.
Midcoast Aviation has a long history of doing interior completion work on Challenger 604s for Bombardier and recently began work on the first of four Global 5000s. The schedule calls for deliveries of finished Global 5000s through June next year–one of them a special mission aircraft for the FAA, two in executive livery for General Electric and the fourth in executive configuration for an unidentified customer.
Denton, Texas, completion center Jet Works Air Center recently opened a new, 12,000-sq-ft paint shop converted from an existing hangar. It’s the company’s first venture into aircraft exterior paint and the shop will hold aircraft as large as the Gulfstream IV.
Even during the worst days of the recent recession, the demand for aircraft exterior paint remained relatively strong. Some completion and refurbishment shops even expanded their paint capability during this period. Elliott Aviation was one such shop.