The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the FAA walked away from the bargaining table on April 5, with the agency declaring an impasse and sending the dispute to Congress. A couple of weeks later NATCA’s well oiled publicity machine cranked out a release announcing, “NATCA accepts FAA’s public offer to return to bargaining table,” but an FAA spokesman said that the union was “grasping at straws.”
Aviation International News » May 2006
FractionAir is eliminating its Beech Diamond and Beechjet regional fractional programs to focus on its Hawker fractional jet management program. The Nashville-based company did not say why it took this action, nor did it answer queries seeking comment.
NBAA’s response was one of more than 170 comments (mostly supportive) filed about the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rulemaking proposal to require more detailed reporting of top executive compensation, including such perks as personal use of corporate aircraft.
Jet fuel derived from coal successfully powered a Rolls-Royce T63 turboshaft engine recently at Pennsylvania State University. According to a Penn State scientist, tests have shown that the fuel mix can go to at least 75 percent coal and the end product meets or exceeds all specifications for JP8 and jet-A and has a higher flash point.
Business Aircraft Group plans to launch a “scheduled air shuttle” service between Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport and several cities that are under consideration.
The Cleveland-based charter and management company added three Embraer Brasilia twin turboprops as a result of its recent purchase of the former Lakeland Air Transport in Sanford, Fla.
Roy Horridge, owner of grounded Houston-based Air Ambulance by B&C Flight Management, and William Sexton, a former mechanic and officer with the firm, were indicted last month for aircraft parts fraud and bank fraud.
Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla., has released its 2005 turbine business aircraft accident review. The 500-page report, available for $330, includes historical safety data as well as details of “each accident and incident reported worldwide” involving business jets, turboprops and turbine helicopters.
Developers converting the former Air Rice Airport near Katy, Texas, on Houston’s west side, to a business aviation facility now plan to call the airport Houston Executive instead of South Waller County, as announced last year. The new name “more accurately describes the location and purpose of the airport,” said Ron Henricksen of airport developer WCF.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has passed a bill that would raise the age limit for airline pilots to 65 when the pilot is serving as a required pilot on a multicrew aircraft and the other pilot is younger than 60 years of age. The measure has been placed on the legislative calendar for a vote by the full Senate.
The first quarter of this year continued the downward trend in fatalities from turbine business aircraft accidents. According to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates