Proposed rule changes could have profound effects for operators of narrow-body bizliners with an auxiliary fuel system, and compliance could be costly for owners of some 75 airplanes.
Aviation International News » March 2008
Last year was the first National Air Transportation Association (NATA) FBO Leadership Conference, following the association’s splitting its annual conference into two parts, one for FBO-focused members and the other aimed at serving the charter industry.
As more very light jets are delivered, a clearer picture emerges of how VLJ air-taxi firms throughout the world will operate these new small jets. While U.S.-based DayJet and Earthjet are using an on-demand, per-seat model, the majority of
viation schedulers and dispatchers as anything less than professionals, the recent NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference would have been a reality check.
The five-day event drew a record 2,618 attendees and 391 exhibitors, but what is most important is what outgoing Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee chair Jenny Showalter calls “a constantly rising level of professionalism.”
The 2008 Singapore Airshow was staged at an impressive new purpose-built site from February 19 to 24, and business aviation had a strong presence both on the static display and on the Singapore news agenda. Some 35,000 trade visitors were expected to stream through the gates to visit more than 800 exhibitors located in an impressive 430,000-sq-ft hall.
Despite the beginning of the Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day (a popular holiday in Hong Kong), the fast-approaching Singapore Airshow and temperatures low enough to break a 40-year-record, the third Asian Business Aviation Conference &
In the wake of the recent failure of several competitors, Spectrum Aeronautical is moving ahead cautiously on the development of its all-composite S-40 midsize jet, according to company president Austin Blue.
The Brazilian criminal court case against the two U.S. pilots and four air traffic controllers involved in a fatal midair between a Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 above the Amazon jungle in September 2006 has stalled while a judge decides whether the case will be heard in a military court or a federal criminal court, according to Theo Dias, a Brazilian defense attorney for the pilots.
This month marks the two-year anniversary of a pilot union on the property at Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options, but there won’t be any celebration since the group has yet to agree on a contract with company management. “We’re investing our resources into getting a contract, and until we achieve this goal we have no reason to celebrate,” noted a spokesman for IBT Local 1108.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch was unable to determine why Airbus A319 G-EUOB suffered a major electrical failure while flying at night from London to Budapest on Oct. 22, 2005. According to the AAIB final report, the airplane was en route from London Heathrow to Budapest and was approaching FL200 in clear conditions.