Air-limo startup DayJet of Delray Beach, Fla., late last month revealed its launch region–the Southeast–and said it would start on-demand, per-seat operations with Eclipse 500 VLJs in November. DayJet president and CEO Ed Iacobucci said the service will initially be among five airports in Florida–which will be announced next month–and then spread to 20 airports throughout the region by the end of next year.
Aviation International News » May 2006
As debate over FAA financing continues to roil, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an analysis of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund in which it found one scenario showing the fund would reach a zero balance by the end of Fiscal Year 2007.
FBO owners of three or fewer facilities are being invited to join a new organization, the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (IFBOA).
French engine manufacturer Snecma says it has had “discussions” with business jet airframers about its plans revealed early this year to develop an 8,500- to 10,000-pound-thrust turbofan. It said it has “seen a minimum of five and a maximum of seven potential new programs” that could be candidates for the engine, which probably would not be available until 2011 at the earliest. Ground testing could begin later next year.
The NTSB has asked the FAA to require MD Helicopters to conduct tests to “enable the full analysis” of all critical loads for tension-torsion (T-T) straps installed in the Notar anti-torque fan of MD 500Ns, 600Ns and 900s. The recommendations stem from the Safety Board’s ongoing investigations into two nonfatal accidents involving MD 900s in 2004.
Texarkana, Texas-based FBO TAC Air is now promoting its 2006 giveaway, a new Hummer H3, as part of its “We Make You Look Good” marketing theme for the year. Over the last several years TAC Air has given away a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle, a 2001 PT Cruiser, a 1945 yellow Piper Cub and a restored 1957 Thunderbird.
If Transport Canada decides to accept a recommendation from that country’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB), Canadian-registered Cessna Caravans would be prohibited from operating in moderate or severe icing. In March, the FAA adopted such a rule for all U.S.-registered Caravans. The TSB’s recommendation results from its investigation and study of several ice-related Caravan accidents in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere.
Savannah Air Center in Savannah, Ga., recently broke ground for a new structure that will house its expanded interior fabrication shop. The 19,000-sq-ft facility–to include upholstery, interior fabrication, carpet layout, engineering and supporting offices–is scheduled for completion by September.
On May 1, the FAA implemented a new air traffic management initiative called the Airspace Flow Program (AFP). To explain the AFP, the agency recently released Advisory Circular 90-102. The AFP is used when severe weather constrains traffic in the Northeast. Affected pilots will receive an expect departure clearance time (EDCT) before takeoff, which helps ATC meter traffic through areas with severe weather.
The transcripts from the first of two public hearings on the proposed Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ), which were removed from the Internet at the request of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), were reposted April 12 without any reactions.