The optimism generated by the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace), coming as it did on the heels of six months of steady improvement in the business aviation industry, dimmed somewhat at the beginning of last month, as the unemployment rate in the U.S. rose, job creation slowed, auto sales declined, home prices and stock prices dipped and consumer confidence fell.
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Within days of the Department of Transportation’s announcement that it was all but dismantling the Block Aircraft Registration Request Program (Barr), NBAA, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) announced they would challenge the decision in court.
A new draft Advisory Circular from the FAA is prompting industry concerns with regard to the viability of some existing heliports and the ability to expand/improve them or build new ones, particularly in urban areas. Concerned stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet with the FAA to discuss the heliport design AC (No. 150/5390-2C) at a two-day meeting at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) headquarters Alexandria, Va.
On June 22 NBAA and AOPA filed a formal notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to block the DOT from “dismantling the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program.” They also established a fund to support the legal fight. The notice will be followed by a motion to prevent the DOT from making any changes to Barr while the court considers the appeal.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has formally responded to the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would create a requirement for all commercially served airports as well as some serving large on-demand charter aircraft to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS).
One result of our Netflix subscription is that my wife and I are watching many films that we probably would have missed. Two such films are Michael Ferguson’s “Inside Job,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary last year, and Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” with Michael Douglas reprising his role as Gordon Gekko from 1987’s “Wall Street,” also directed by Stone.
Cessna Aircraft’s Citation CJ4 obtained EASA type certification on May 18, some 14 months after receiving identical approval from the FAA. The CJ4 made its European debut at last year’s Ebace Convention in Geneva, and the first European delivery was made last October.
NBAA strongly denounced a decision, announced by FAA officials late Friday, to push ahead with the proposed changes to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. “We are outraged at the government’s move,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has rejected much of Airbus’s July 2010 appeal against its ruling that the European airframer has unfairly benefitted from subsidies, but its May 18 judgment still leaves plenty of scope for the protagonists to argue over how it gets interpreted.
Business aircraft owners and operators struggling to comply with the European Union’s new emissions trading system (EU ETS) regulations have a new potential solution in a compliance management service that Basel-based Jet Aviation (Stand 7060) is touting at EBACE.