Ever the optimist, Roger Cohen stayed true to form as he talked about his most pressing concerns for the Regional Airline Association and its membership for the next year during a pre-convention interview with AIN. The RAA president seems always to see opportunity in the challenges confronting the association and its 30 member airlines, perhaps most notably in the evolving regulatory environment they face.
Aviation International News » May 2011
Regional Jet Center, located at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Bentonville, Ark., and AAR Aircraft Services at Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City, have signed renewal contracts with fuel provider Phillips 66 that will keep them as branded FBOs for another five years. Regional Jet Center is open 24/7 and specializes in quick turns.
Regional carriers in Europe say that consultation and communication between the industry and regulators and lawmakers has improved, but they await better balance of consumer-rights legislation among all transport modes.
As a 9,000-hour ATP-rated pilot and a former senior manager in Allegheny Airlines’ flight operations and safety department, RAA senior vice president of operations and safety Scott Foose perhaps brings as balanced a perspective as one could expect when it comes to the issue of fatigue in the cockpit.
RAA senior vice president for government affairs Faye Malarkey Black concedes she might have let some Washington cynicism and weariness over a budget battle that has been going on since 2007 color her judgment during last year’s RAA fall meeting, when she predicted that an FAA reauthorization bill would not pass this year.
A born and bred product of Wisconsin, Jim Rankin brings a Midwestern work ethic to his duties as RAA chairman and CEO of Air Wisconsin alike. For the last five years Rankin has led Air Wisconsin through a volatile period in which his avowed conservatism kept the carrier on a level and profitable track. Should Rankin bring the same sort of stability to the RAA, the board of directors should consider itself fortunate.
The global march toward consolidation of helicopter oil and gas production services companies appears to be continuing. Last month Canadian Helicopters Group announced it is buying Helicopters New Zealand (HNZ) for C$120 million. HNZ operates 33 helicopters from bases in New Zealand, Australia, Laos and Cambodia on behalf of global oil and natural resource exploration companies and various government agencies.
US Airways announced last month it would add first-class seating and service on 110 US Airways Express regional jets operated by Republic Airways, Mesa Air Group and PSA. Plans call for the airline to install first-class seating on Embraer E170s and E175s, along with Bombardier CRJ700s and CRJ900s, beginning in October with the E175 fleet. It expects to finish outfitting the three remaining types by the end of January.
Two Kansas lawmakers have asked the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee to request that the U.S. International Trade Commission investigate the global competitiveness of the U.S. business jet industry.
Independent FBO network Paragon Aviation Group has added five members: Maguire Aviation at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California, Aero Air at Portland-Hillsboro Airport (HIO) in Oregon, Galvin Flying Service at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, First Aviation Services at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey and XJet at Centennial Airport (APA) in Colorado.