For most companies, reputation is the most important possession, and that is particularly true in private aviation. No one is more aware of that than Dana Carr, co-owner, vice president and director of operations with Florida-based charter provider Air Trek. He has been working to restore his family-owned company’s image for the past six years, ever since the FAA revoked its air operator certificate, a move the NTSB later ruled was erroneous. “I was in shock,” Carr recalled before the audience at the National Air Transportation Association’s annual Air Charter Summit.
Air Operator's Certificate
Vilnius, Lithuania-based air charter firm KlasJet started operations this week after receiving its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Lithuanian CAA late last month. Its first charter trip was a three-hour flight to a Mediterranean resort. KlasJet launched its operations with a VIP-outfitted Bombardier CRJ200 and Challenger 850. It plans to operate up to 10 business jets. The carrier’s fleet is supported by Avia Solutions Group and its subsidiaries.
Chile’s aviation authority has suspended the air operator certificate of local airline PAL after it failed a safety audit. The only reason given by the agency was “the airline’s failure to satisfy unspecified technical requirements laid down in its AOC that could put its safety and security at risk if not resolved.” PAL operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300s.
India’s economic downturn over the past couple of years has resulted in negative growth for general aviation there, which has “hit rock bottom,” according to Rohit Kapur, president of the country’s Business Aviation Operators Association (BAOA).
India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) accused the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of trying to undermine the industry’s reputation by leaking observations made about nonscheduled operators during routine safety checks. According to the industry group, government officials have disclosed the findings of the checks to divert blame from the DGCA in the wake of the January 2014 downgrading of India’s safety rating by the U.S.
The economic downturn over the past couple of years has resulted in negative growth for Indian general aviation, which has “hit rock bottom,” according to Rohit Kapur, president of the country’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA). Nevertheless, the Indian bizav community hopes that a general election next month will result in more decisive political leadership and effect change to a regulatory environment that many agree has stifled growth in their own industry and the wider Indian economy.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) granted Norwegian Air International an air operator certificate (AOC) on February 13 for its long-haul carrier, Norwegian Air Shuttle, for routes between Europe, Asia and the U.S. The European Cockpit Association said it is worried the IAA will not be able to provide adequate oversight of what it calls a “complex new” airline structure.
NetJets this month expects to import its first two aircraft into China in anticipation of securing a Chinese air operators certificate (AOC) around the end of the first quarter of 2014. The U.S. fractional ownership provider will base a pair of its Hawker 800 midsized jets in China in order to be able to offer private charter services to local clients.
In response to what it called urgent community and state members’ appeals, Southeast Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) announced in late December that it had begun preparations to place several of the routes once flown by the now defunct Brindabella Airlines onto its air operator certificate (AOC). Rex general manager of network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said that routes not already on Rex’s AOC required approval from the country’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) before Rex could mount regular public transport air services to them.
Britain’s CAA has suspended the air operator certificate (AOC) of PremiAir Aviation Services, once a leading executive helicopter charter operator in the UK. The Blackbushe Airport-based company said it expects the suspension to be brief, claiming the issue stems from the age of its pilots in excess of the 60-year limit. Currently, each of them must fly with another pilot who is under 60 when undertaking public-transport flights, PremiAir explained in a statement. The operator has thus launched a program to recruit younger pilots.
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