Citing insufficient evidence, an NTSB law judge dismissed FAA allegations that charter operator Air East did not comply with several ADs and that some personnel were not properly qualified. The charges precipitated an emergency revocation of Air East’s Part 135 certificate on March 8, grounding the Farmingdale, N.Y. charter operator.
Aviation International News » May 2004
The accident picture in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year showed mixed results, according to statistics compiled by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. There were two fatal accidents involving jet operations in the first three months of last year, compared with no fatal accidents in the January-through-March timeframe this year.
Eurocontrol has demonstrated the technical and operational benefits of a new ATC decision aid known as medium-term conflict detection (MTCD), which could also provide cost-efficiency and environmental benefits to boot.
The family of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan–who died in the October 2000 crash of a Cessna 335 along with an aide and his son, Randy, who was at the controls–has asked that a trial be held to consider punitive damages. A jury previously ordered the manufacturer of the aircraft’s vacuum pumps to pay the family $4 million, but the judge reduced the amount to $2.4 million.
The FAA has received less than 10 submissions in the more than 60 days it has been requesting operators to submit opinons about regulations they find “burdensome, unnecessary or impose needless economic costs”. To date, none of the major trade groups have issued comments. But there is still time to submit comments–the deadline is May 25.
Effective April 13, Part 135 operators are now required to use dedicated air-carrier codes when electronically transmitting advance passenger information system (APIS) data to the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency. NBAA said its APIS submission service has been modified to allow for the use of APIS carrier codes. If an operator has an IATA code, that code must be used.
Comments are due May 24 on the FAA’s proposal to replace the current designee program for companies and organizations with a new one that expands the functions that designees may perform, permits non-FAA-certified individuals and companies to become designees and rolls existing organizational designee categories into one “organization designation authorization” (ODA).
New subscribers to either the online aircraft sales statistics of JetNet or the online maintenance tracking system of Flightdocs can receive a $3,000 voucher and 90 days of free service, under a joint marketing agreement. Subscriptions to Utica, N.Y.-based JetNet include the firm’s premium services and database updates.
Mach 1, a Southern California aircraft broker, and two of its principals, Brian Doherty and John Mouyos, plan to appeal a jury’s decision that they are liable for fraud, according to their attorney. A Southern California Superior Court jury recently ordered the defendants to pay more than $30 million in damages to Jet Source, an FBO and aircraft sales firm at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif.
Boeing is cutting its corporate flight department to about half the number of aircraft it previously operated, reducing overall employment levels and closing satellite bases. A spokesman at the company’s corporate headquarters in Chicago told AIN that the company has sold or is selling two helicopters and five corporate jets, including one of its Boeing Business Jets. “We will continue to operate one BBJ,” the spokesman said.