“So now the guy I send seat covers to for cleaning has to have a drug program?” one irate Part 145 operator practically shouted into the telephone. “The guy does the work in his garage. He’s cheap, reliable, does good work and turns it around almost as fast as I can get it to him. I’ve stood there watching him work while we both have a beer. I’m going to tell this guy he has to have a drug and alcohol program?
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The worldwide fleet of approximately 500 Learjet 20-series aircraft is the target for an RVSM solution offered by Olathe, Kan.-based Butler National.
Avcon Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Butler National, and its RVSM project partner BizJet, a Lufthansa Technik Service company, have already upgraded more than 25 airplanes with the Avcon/BizJet RVSM group solution.
A Boeing Business Jet heading to Geneva for the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in late May marked a notable milestone by becoming the first business jet to cross the North Atlantic using future air navigation system (FANS) technology to communicate with ATC.
As news about precision area navigation (more commonly referred to as PRnav) in Europe starts showing up in the aviation press, chief pilots and maintenance managers are asking how it will affect them and–perhaps more to the point–what it will cost. The short answer is that PRnav in Europe will affect operators as much as they choose to let it.
The House Appropriations Committee included language in the Department of Homeland Security fiscal year 2005 budget that requires Secretary Tom Ridge, in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Secret Service, to develop and implement a “reasonable and effective” security plan restoring access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for security-qualified charter and GA operators by November 30.
The pilot’s decision to rapidly maneuver the helicopter at a high density altitude near steeply sloping terrain was the cause of a fatal air-tour helicopter crash on Aug. 10, 2001, according to the NTSB’s final report. The pilot and five passengers were killed and one passenger was seriously injured when the Papillon Airways AS 350 hit terrain during an uncontrolled descent near Meadview, Ariz.
Just as very light jets are on the verge of joining the new generation of general aviation aircraft produced by Cirrus and Lancair, NASA has begun field demonstrations of its Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) in preparation for a more comprehensive proof-of-concept drill next summer at the Danville Regional Airport, Va.
The FAA has posted two new documents on its Web site to help business aircraft operators deal with the upcoming January 20 deadline for domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (see page 1). Titled “Basic Operator Information on DRVSM Programs,” the first document provides an overview of DRVSM, including program objectives, background, regulations and guidance, as well as a synopsis of the DRVSM authorization process.
A notam for aircraft flying in the Washington ADIZ that was instigated by an incident last month involving a Kentucky State Police King Air is inappropriate and misdirected, according to AOPA. The notam requires that if an aircraft can’t “continuously” transmit the assigned transponder code, it must fly “the most direct course” out of the ADIZ.
The road to RVSM approval can be as smooth as a ribbon of freshly laid desert highway or as rough as a rock-strewn forest switchback.