Most of more than 35 respondents supported the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking–as is or with a few changes–to permit pilots serving as second-in-command (SIC) to apply for the new “SIC pilot type rating.” The purpose of the rule is to make it relatively simple and economical for U.S. flight deck crews to meet international requirements that both pilots hold type ratings. But there were a few comments against the proposal.
Aviation International News » January 2005
Operators will see en route ATC charges for most of Europe reduced by an average of 7 percent starting this month. There will be some variance in unit charge rates for different operations–which are calculated based on distance flown and aircraft weight–but average charges are set to decrease in just about all of the 32 Eurocontrol member states.
Paced by Defense Department spending, U.S. aerospace industry sales rose 8 percent last year compared with 2003, an increase in sales of $12 billion.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s European service center at London Luton Airport has received Part 145 approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The approval clears Gulfstream to provide line maintenance for any business jet. It already does significant amounts of work on Citations, Falcons and Hawkers since it acquired the former Signature Flight Support facility from the UK’s BBA Group in April 2003.
The job of instituting security procedures will fall primarily on GA itself, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said, because of limited Transportation Security Administration (TSA) resources and the size and diversity of the GA industry and its airport system.
Virgin Atlantic selected Salina, Kan., as its base and control center for a solo, nonstop, unrefueled around-the-world record attempt in a single-engine jet piloted by adventurer Steve Fossett. The approximately 80-hour flight in the Williams FJ44-3 powered GlobalFlyer is scheduled to take place early this month.
The pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were killed when their Mitsubishi MU-2B crashed while trying to return to Centennial Airport in Denver. According to the NTSB, within a few minutes of taking off on an IFR flight to Salt Lake City, the pilot of the twin turboprop told ATC he had a problem and needed to shut down an engine. The airplane, N538EA, was owned and operated by Flight Line, of Watkins, Colo.
The FAA is investigating a November 29 incident in which an Embraer Legacy operated by fractional provider Flight Options hit a parked company Legacy while trying to taxi around it at the company’s home base, Cleveland-Hopkins Airport. There were no injuries, but both business jets incurred “substantial damage” when the right wing of the taxiing Legacy hit the tailcone of the parked Legacy, according to the FAA.
After the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) voided the late October MEC elections due to balloting concerns, the NetJets pilots finally were scheduled to vote in new union leaders on December 22 (results are posted on www.ain-online.com). The pilot group has been without peer representation since November 1, when the terms of the former MEC members expired.
Assuming the next six months or so do not see a deterioration in trading conditions, the NetJets Europe fractional-ownership program should finally achieve an operating profit in the second half of this year.