Nav Canada’s declining revenue from reduced traffic volume over the last year as a consequence of the slowing economy and September 11 has forced the operator of Canada’s ATC system to propose a modest 3-percent across-the-board increase in service charges to the airlines, business jet operators and general aviation users.
Aviation International News » October 2002
Demand for executive aircraft charter continues to be softened by depressed trading activity in the financial community, which has previously been a core market for corporate jet operators. The world’s two leading executive charter brokers, Air Partner and Hunt & Palmer, say they have preserved revenues over the past 12 months only by diversifying geographically and by attracting new business.
American International Aviation Corp., one of NBAA’s oldest members, celebrated 50 years of operations, all accident free, at a dinner held in the company’s hangar at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on September 18.
Gulfstream Aerospace has filed a motion asking the Chicago Cook County Circuit Court to dismiss a United BizJet Holdings lawsuit or stay all proceedings on the grounds that the litigation was filed in violation of “alternate dispute resolution” (ADR) agreements between the two companies.
Orbit Communications, the third-largest provider of satellite TV, bought at auction the software and other assets of defunct FlightTime.com and its AirCharter.com online charter brokerage. Orbit said it hasn’t decided what it will do with the software.
A group of brokers have formed the Air Charter Professionals Association (ACPA) to define a set of standards and a code of ethics for their industry. The announcement follows the recent demise of online charter broker FlightTime.com, which left the scene allegedly owing thousands of dollars to several of its charter customers.
An AD issued last month requires the installation of a new rudder-control system on all U.S.-registered Boeing 737s before Nov. 12, 2008. An October 8 directive (AD 2002-20-07) stems from the investigation into two fatal accidents and a reported rudder event attributed, in part, to an uncommanded rudder hardover, rudder reversal or jammed rudder. Parts are expected to cost Boeing about $140,000 per aircraft.
The pilot and two of his three passengers were seriously injured October 7 when their 2002 Citation CJ2 landed long at Dexter (Maine) Airport, went off the end of the 3,000-ft runway, crossed an access road and came to a stop 100 ft beyond the runway end in a weeded area. One other passenger reportedly received minor injuries and a small dog on board was killed.
Ten pilots acting together have petitioned the FAA to allow airmen to fly as PICs under Part 121 after reaching age 60.
Beginning this month, 22 additional European countries require all aircraft entering their airspace above FL 245 to be equipped with 8.33-kHz VHF radios. In addition, current exemptions to the requirement already in effect in seven other European countries will not be extended and no new exemptions will be approved.