Aviation International News » September 2003

August 12, 2008 - 4:47am

A few years ago, who would have thought fingerprinting would be one of the services offered at an FBO? But in today’s security climate, Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fla., can be justly proud of its status as a TSA-approved fingerprinter for pilots from surrounding businesses.

August 12, 2008 - 4:46am

Heinz Köhli, appointed by Jet Aviation’s parent company to replace Thomas Hirschmann as CEO of the business aviation conglomerate, delivered a message to “business friends” and “colleagues” in the latest issue of Jet Aviation’s internal publication, Outlook.

August 12, 2008 - 4:40am

A marathon may be a grueling 26-mile race, but Marathon Flight Services in Kissimmee, Fla., has a new tool to help aircraft operators sprint through the billing process. Developed in conjunction with Conoco-Phillips 66 and Cornerstone Logic, the Prism credit-card processing software eliminates the need to reenter credit information two and sometimes three times.

August 12, 2008 - 4:40am

A five-year plan–four-fifths of which FAA Administrator Marion Blakey could actually see through to fruition–was laid out in draft form in late July for the aviation industry at a meeting at FAA headquarters in Washington. Titled Flight Plan 2004-2008, it sets as its goals: increased safety, greater capacity, international leadership and organizational excellence.

August 12, 2008 - 4:38am

Garmin would not confirm its participation in the HondaJet program, but these photos and illustrations of the G1000 system and its architecture appeared in the report Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Michimasa Fujino submitted to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

August 11, 2008 - 9:49am

As AIN launches this column, “SOP: Strategies, Options & Perspectives,” I find myself in the new capacity of NBAA president emeritus, self-employed entrepreneur based at Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey and commenter on the passing scene.

August 11, 2008 - 9:46am

Although Congress is on its annual summer vacation, the battle over privatization of ATC continued at press time. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) said in a telephone press conference on August 13 that they will fight a proposal in the pending FAA reauthorization bill that would allow privatization of 69 general aviation control towers now staffed by FAA controllers.

August 11, 2008 - 9:45am

Unfazed by (or perhaps because of) murmurs from within Bell Helicopter management to the effect that development of the BA609 might be accelerated, Agusta- Westland has released some details of its developmental Erica tilt-wing aircraft (so-called because in the Erica’s case the entire wing is rotated between fixed- and rotary-wing flight).

August 11, 2008 - 9:44am

The history of the Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey military tiltrotor is that of the rankest of Hollywood cliffhangers.

August 11, 2008 - 9:42am

As we round the corner past the U.S. Labor Day weekend, thoughts of cold-weather operation begin to make their unwelcome presence felt, especially among operators of unhangared aircraft. Cranking up a mechanically complex aircraft on a subzero morning can put lifetime-limiting stresses on drivetrains. This is especially true when it comes to rotorcraft, with their high number of crucial moving parts.

 
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