Watch for the NTSB soon to release recommendations intended to improve the safety of EMS helicopter operations.
Aviation International News » June 2005
Cutter Aviation recently broke ground for a new FBO to replace the company’s original facility at El Paso International Airport, Texas. The new 13,000-sq-ft terminal building and 20,000-sq-ft hangar are being built next to the control tower and are expected to open this winter. The current airport-owned facility is slated to be demolished.
The House of Representatives passed two key piecesof legislation last month, each containing a mandate toresume general aviation operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) within 90 days of the bills’ passage. H.R. 2360, the Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS) Appropriations Act, funds the agency for Fiscal Year 2006. H.R. 1817, the DHS Authorization Act, is the first authorization bill for the agency.
The libertarian Reason Foundation, which has been promoting privatization for more than 25 years, has published a new study calling for a user-fee system to fund the nation’s ATC. The proposal envisions a user-fee structure that exempts piston-powered general aviation aircraft.
Calls to institute user fees to help pay for FAA expenditures in the future continue to generate little support in Congress, as evidenced by a hearing before the House aviation subcommittee early last month.
Language included in the federal homeland security funding bill encourages the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to continue moving forward on expanding the TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program now being tested by 24 business aviation operators at three New York-area general aviation airports. In December, the TSA endorsed TSAAC and committed to work with the industry to expand the program.
Quest Aircraft of Sandpoint, Idaho, received its first orders last month for the Kodiak, a high-wing, fixed-gear turboprop single, a prototype of which is currently in flight test. The orders are for seven aircraft. The 10-place, float-capable STOL airplane is powered by a single 750-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A. FAA certification is planned for next year.
Jet Aviation officially opened its FBO at Dubai International Airport last month, the company’s third FBO in the Middle East. The operation includes a hangar large enough to accommodate two BBJs or ACJs simultaneously, maintenance shops, a refreshment center, customer and crew lounges, flight-planning rooms, private offices and a prayer room. It also has its own customs facilities.
In keeping with NBAA’s new effort to seek candidates who are familiar with business aviation through a “variety of professional skills and experiences,” three of the association’s four new board members are not directly from corporate flight departments. The new members are Thomas Frist, pilot and co-founder of Hospital Corporation of America. Dr. Frist is also the brother of Senate majority leader William Frist (R-Tenn.).
All major business aircraft manufacturers are among the 29 exhibitors already booked for the first full Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which will be held in Shanghai, China, from August 9 to 11.