According to a DOT report last month on significant rulemakings, the FAA is not expected to complete until January its work on a November 2003 proposal to require all air-tour operators to be certified under either Part 135 or 121. It is likely that the significant number of objections the FAA received from the public and members of Congress is responsible for the delays the proposal has encountered.
Aviation International News » July 2005
Forecast International predicts that nearly 10,900 business jets worth $141 billion will be manufactured between this year and 2014. “Between 2005 and 2014, Cessna, Bombardier and Eclipse Aviation will lead the market in unit production,” said Raymond Jaworowski, the Newtown, Conn. firm’s senior aerospace analyst.
Cingular, the largest wireless service provider in the U.S., has asked the FAA to maintain its ban on cellphone use aboard aircraft in flight. In a June 8 letter to the agency, the Atlanta-based company said it is concerned about the potential disturbance to passengers from “inconsiderate” phone users.
Proposed noise mitigation measures under study by the Los Angeles World Airport Authority do not contain an outright ban on Stage 2 jets at Van Nuys Airport. However, the airport authority’s goal of establishing a maximum daytime noise limit of 77 dBA for all aircraft operations at the airport effectively bans Stage 2 jets.
“We’re still Mercury…for now,” is the way a customer service representative at one of the chain’s 16 FBOs responded to a question about the ongoing melding of Mercury Air Centers and Cor-porate Wings. At least one Mercury location–Charleston, S.C.–has changed to the Corporate Wings brand, and there are some indications that the trend could escalate in the wake of a management shakeup last month.
Both sides claimed a measure of victory in the June 3 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, but the Naples (Fla.) Airport Authority (NAA) is crowing much louder than representatives of general aviation. The court decision upheld the NAA ban on Stage 2 jets–a ban disputed by the FAA and a host of aviation advocacy groups, including NBAA.