British business aviation companies have joined forces to help 16 seriously ill or disabled children and their families. Freestream Aircraft, Gama Aviation, TAG Aviation and TAG Farnborough Airport supported a special day held by the Fly2Help and Dreamflight charities at BAE Systems’ Filton Airport in Bristol on September 7.
Aviation International News » November 2008
With the goal of saving as much as 470,000 metric tons of fuel each year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a Flight Efficiency Plan with Eurocontrol and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization to accelerate efficiency improvements to the European air traffic management system.
• Normal Congressional activities came to a screeching halt in late September and early October as the legislature turned its attention to deciding what to do about the nation’s financial crisis. A lot of midnight oil was burned by a host of instant money experts. First the House rejected a $700 billion bill, then the Senate worked out a compromise, passed that bill and sent it on to the House, where it was accepted and passed.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has announced that, as of September 25, RVSM is now in effect in the airspace above the Africa-Indian Ocean (AFI) Region.
The NASA Authorization Act of 2008, which cleared Congress on September 27, gives the agency $208.4 million more for aeronautics research than last year’s budget.
A late September report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the FAA is making progress in its policing of pilots’ medical certificates, but the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure still has some reservations about the overall program.
Lufthansa Technik, one of the world’s largest independent centers for single-aisle and widebody bizliner interior completion and refurbishment, has opened a new facility in Basel, Switzerland. Basel is also home to competitor Jet Aviation.
As of October 1, Lufthansa Technik had taken full control of the former Swiss Air facility in Basel, where it expects to maintain and support single-aisle and widebody executive aircraft.
When Gary Bosstick, a frequent charter client, became dissatisfied with the sleeping comfort of the typical business jet seat, he did what any entrepreneur would do: he designed a solution (the JetBed) and formed a company (JetBed) to develop and market it.
Midcoast Aviation, with an eye to the burgeoning single-aisle bizliner completion business, has opened a new three-story, 146,000-sq-ft completion and refurbishment center. The structure features two 48,000-sq-ft bays, connected by a 36,000-sq-ft area, three-story center hangar core, as well as 14,000 sq ft of shop space.
Honeywell has launched its redesigned Ovation Select cabin management system, a package that “seamlessly integrates entertainment and connectivity technology through a simple and intuitive passenger interface.”
The user interface was designed to allow the passenger to stay “connected,” whether it is via BlackBerry, laptop, MP3 player, video-capable iPod, XM Radio or watching a movie from the high-definition Blu-ray DVD player.