Declaring that “this meeting is not designed to ask for a bailout of the American airline industry,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue said last month at the chamber’s second annual national aviation summit that “we’re simply asking government not to require the airline industry to absorb more than its fair share of the costs associated with the war on terrorism and defense of our homeland.”
Aviation International News » October 2002
NetJets owner Warren Buffett told The Wall Street Journal he expects fractional sales will double in Europe to 200 shareowners this year, although he said the enterprise will still lose money this year. To help reach that goal, Buffett hosted several meetings last summer in Europe to convince guests that buying a share of a NetJets aircraft makes good business sense.
Integrating pilot seniority, one of the thorniest issues created when fractional-operator Flight Options acquired Raytheon Travel Air earlier this year, has apparently been resolved. In a mandatory vote this past summer, pilots adopted a seniority program called modified date-of-hire.
The PW600 family of small turbofans, in the form of a 2,500-lb-thrust demonstrator engine, entered flight test last month mounted on P&WC’s Boeing 720 testbed. The engine was tested to an altitude of 43,000 ft and performance, handling and relight testing “exceeded our expectations,” said P&WC director of small turbofans Maurice Weinberg. The engine has not yet been selected for any specific airframe.
On November 14, New York City-based Swann Galleries will auction a letter and flag carried by Charles Lindbergh on his historic 1927 New York-to-Paris solo flight.
Regional and major airlines will be required to report incidents involving the loss, injury or death of an animal (hot or cold blooded) during air transportation. The requirement, now in a notice of proposed rulemaking, is expected to be adopted to implement federal legislation aimed at improving animal welfare while on aircraft. Under new FAR 119.72(a), carriers would have to report the incident to the Department of Agriculture.
The NTSB has expanded its online database to include synopses of accidents occurring from 1962 to the present. Previously, data for accidents before 1983 were not available online. The site now contains the synopsis of more than 90,000 accidents, including the five years of investigations conducted by the Safety Board’s predecessor agency, the Civil Aeronautics Board, before 1967.
With the recent receipt of an FAR Part 145 repair station certificate, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Hop-A-Jet is now offering maintenance to outside customers, primarily on Learjets and Challengers. The move is an extension of the charter firm’s in-house maintenance facility that heretofore has been servicing the company’s fleet of 14 Learjets and Challengers.
Turboprop East, a 25-year-old North Adams, Mass. repair facility specializing in King Air maintenance, is planning to expand its services to a wider range of Cessna Citations. The company said about 5 percent of its business comes from small jets, mostly the Citation 500 series, but it “is seeking to expand that service and market to include a wider range of Citations,” noted company president Jean Cahoon.
Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne is “satisfied” with the business and military aircraft manufacturer’s financial performance for the first half of this year.