A Swiss federal prosecutor last month indicted six former managers of defunct regional airline Crossair for homicide by neglect in connection with the crash of an Avro RJ100 on Nov. 24, 2001, during final approach to Zurich Airport.
Aviation International News » March 2008
Shortly after a Senate confirmation hearing last month for acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell to take the job permanently, New Jersey’s two Democratic senators announced they were putting a “hold” on the Bush nomination.
A “hold” is an informal practice by which a senator informs the floor leader that he or she does not want a particular bill or other measure to reach the floor for consideration by the full body.
Very light jet (VLJ) charter operations are on the rise in Europe with the service entry of the first Cessna Citation Mustangs. During the last week of January, Germany’s Triple Alpha Jet Charter became the continent’s first commercial operator of the four-passenger aircraft from its Dusseldorf headquarters. The approximate charter rate will be n1,800 ($2,600) per hour.
The outlines of aviation’s place in the EU Emission Trading Scheme– a CO2 emission permit market–are becoming clearer. Experience from other industries gives trading experts confidence that aviation’s absorption will be smooth but expensive.
The Cessna 525 CitationJet (N102PT) that crashed in a wooded area in West Gardiner, Maine, on February 1 was owned and flown by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeanette Symons, a private pilot with an instrument rating. Symons and her 10-year-old son, Balan, were killed in the crash.
When the FAA unveiled its Fiscal Year 2009 budget, it was another sign that the budget battle and the threat of user fees is far from over. “What part of ‘no’ doesn’t the White House understand?” asked AOPA president Phil Boyer. “They just changed the dates and submitted essentially the same proposal as last year–a proposal soundly rejected by the general aviation community, the House and the Senate.”
Multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted to the FAA by AIN generated some additional information– but no big surprises–about the agency’s investigation and subsequent revocation of the charter certificate of AMI Jet Charter (AIN, November 2007, page 1).
Well before the conclusion of its extensive investigation of AMI Jet Charter and emergency revocation of AMI’s charter certificate last year, the FAA investigated Chesterfield, Mo. charter operator American Air Network (AAN) and revoked its charter certificate without allowing the company to respond to the agency’s allegations.
Universal Weather & Aviation’s deal to enter into a partnership with Australia’s Macquarie Group is off, according to both companies. On November 21, Universal chairman and owner Greg Evans signed an agreement to partner with a Macquarie Capital Alliance Group and Macquarie Global Opportunities Partners consortium.
General aviation manufacturers enjoyed another record-breaking year last year, with billings totaling $21.9 billion, up 16.5 percent from the previous year, and worldwide shipments reaching 4,272 airplanes, up 5.4 percent. For the first time ever, shipments of jets exceeded the 1,000-per-year milestone, climbing to 1,138 last year.