Beginning on October 1, the passports of foreign nationals visiting the U.S. from France, Germany, Italy, the UK and 23 other countries must be computer readable or the passport holder must obtain a U.S. visa before entry. Visitors with neither a visa nor a computer-readable passport run the risk of being refused entry, at the discretion of the checkpoint official.
Aviation International News » September 2003
Raytheon Aircraft employees associated with the Beechcraft Premier I recently celebrated completion of the aircraft model’s 100th composite fuselage. Raytheon had delivered 59 Premier Is to date at press time, 11 of them in the first half of this year, and 38 more are planned for shipment by year-end.
The FAA has withdrawn several previously published rulemaking proposals because the planned actions have been overcome by events, are no longer relevant or will be addressed in future rulemaking. Withdrawn proposals include a 1988 notice calling for improved water-survival equipment and a 1990 proposal to amend Part 77 (the rules covering the construction of objects affecting navigable airspace).
Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong received a hero’s welcome as he boarded his NetJets aircraft after winning the race in Paris for a historic fifth consecutive time on July 27.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has voiced its opposition to the European Joint Aviation Authorities’ (JAA) proposal to require all European corporate aviation operators to register with their country’s aviation authority.
United Arab Emirates-based charter operator Royal Jet last month received the first Gulfstream 300, a shorter-range, less expensive version of the G400 (the former GIV-SP). A second G300 is also destined this month for Royal Jet, which has outfitted the aircraft to perform two types of mission: one for executive charter and the other for aeromedical transport.
Charter operators and flight departments that are still searching for ways to cope with the FAA’s proposal to implement domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (DRVSM) rules gained some welcome assistance last month from Capitol Hill.
Buyers looking for 100 to 200 hours of lift per year might be interested in a program called OwnershipPlus from Contrail Aviation of Baltimore. Contrail is guaranteeing a specific number of charter hours on a whole aircraft bought from the company and put into the program. “In most cases, the program is cash-flow positive for the owner,” according to Contrail.
The DOT’s office of inspector general (IG) last month opened a cost-oriented audit of the FAA’s airspace redesign program. In 1997 the FAA launched a multi-year program to modernize the ATC system and now expects to spend $250 million on more than 30 separate airspace projects.
Quiet Technology Aerospace has named Garrett Aviation Services as the preferred installation center for its Stage 3 hush-kit for Gulfstream IIs, IIBs and IIIs. Installations are also available from QTA’s own facilities in Miami and hush-kit development partner Business Jet Center in Tulsa, Okla. According to Garrett, the kit can be installed at its locations in Los Angeles and New York in less than 10 days at a price of $1.65 million.