With the Department of Transportation considering establishing limitations on the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr), NBAA has surveyed members and forwarded information to the agency.
Aviation International News » March 2011
According to news reports, when the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling platform suffered a catastrophic well-head blowout then burned and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last April, workers on the rig hesitated to implement multiple safety processes that might have helped save some or all of the 11 lives lost in the ensuing explosion and also prevent the spilling of millions of gallons of oil.
There are many resources available for SMS implementation. Of course, any operator can peruse FAA Advisory Circular 120-92A for the particulars and use that to create an SMS. Even in regulatory climates where SMS is required, as will be the case in Europe next year, there is no requirement to use a particular system to create an SMS. IS-BAO is internationally recognized, however, and may be easier for authorities to understand.
Gama Aviation has added a new Bombardier Challenger 850 to its managed fleet of business aircraft in the United Arab Emirates. This is the first aircraft of its type in the Arabian Gulf state.
The Challenger is operated from Dubai International Airport on behalf of a local private owner. It is available for charter and has already made several flights since its entry into service at the start of this year.
Business aviation flew to the rescue of several thousand people fleeing Egypt during protests that led to the overthrow of long-standing President Hosni Mubarak last month. But prospects for continued business aviation growth in the country are now largely dependent on the extent to which Egypt's political revolution affects its economic life.
Lufthansa has decided to close its Swiss Private Aviation (SPA) subsidiary and is set to seal a new deal with NetJets Europe to provide charter flights for its Lufthansa Private Jets service.
There are varying perspectives on whether general aviation (GA) is declining or poised for a renaissance generated by new interest in light sport aircraft (LSA) and avionics technology. When attending the annual EAA AirVenture extravaganza in Oshkosh, Wis., for example, it is always interesting to see the contrast between those who complain about the cost of flying and those who embrace every new development.
General aviation is an extraordinary industry with a terrible appellation. How is it that the industry spawned by the heroic efforts of the Wright brothers, the industry that gave birth to the jewel of the U.S.'s industrial might–the aerospace industry–and the industry that includes the magic of teaching anyone interested how to fly, goes by the generic-sounding term "general aviation?"
Think back to when you were a fresh-faced kid staring into a beckoning sky, building the foundations of the passion for flying that has sustained your life since. The future of general aviation depends on reigniting that dream in younger generations, and all of us owe it to our roots to play a part in fanning the flames.
Next time you have some solitude, sit quietly and think back to that early part of your life when you began to wonder what itπd be like to fly.
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