After a five-month delay, MidairUSA has resumed construction of an expansion project at Melbourne International Airport. The FAA had ordered a work stoppage, citing concerns about the project’s impact on airspace and air traffic. The 87,000-sq-ft expansion is expected to be completed this October and will consist of an additional ramp, two hangars and administrative offices, as well as sales, planning and engineering facilities and a warehouse. The facility will house a back shop for parts fabrication and repairs.
Jeppesen is holding a series of free webinars to help pilots improve their knowledge of navigation information and charts. The “Chart Clinic Confidential” series runs for five sessions beginning May 15 and will cover airport diagrams, obstacle departures and SIDs, en route charting and symbology, Stars and destination airport and approach charts. The webinars will cover both digital and paper charting products.
The FAA is seeking comments on how protected airspace around airports is designed to allow for the safety of an airliner when it experiences an engine failure after liftoff. The agency currently evaluates certain airport clear zones assuming both engines are operating. The proposal wants to consider a common departure path for all aircraft in the event of a power failure. Comments are due by June 24, 2014.
FAA’s new airport bulletin 14-02 encourages airport operators to review their driver’s training programs in light of several accidents in non-movement areas involving food service trucks, airplane tugs and baggage tow vehicles. These accidents have resulted in both fatalities and significant damage to aircraft.
Jetex Flight Support set up a new handling facility at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines. The Dubai-based group will provide support services for private jet operators in Manila, and will be able to supervise ground handling at other Filipino airports. The new facility features a lounge, and Jetex staff can assist crews with any local arrangements. The company provides credit terms and facilitates applications for overflight and landing permits, as well as all aspects of ground handling.
Last year Avion Pacific celebrated its 20th anniversary at the ABACE show in Shanghai, and since then the company has performed even better than company founder Wu Zhengdong expected. “Last year was the best ever for us,” he said.
Avion Pacific, headquartered in Shenzhen, sold seven Sikorsky S-92 and nine S-76D helicopters and half a dozen Beechcraft King Airs last year. Deliveries of the helicopters will take place this year.
Trying to get business aviation to take root in China is no easy task, but many Chinese delegations have made their way in recent years to see TAG Farnborough Airport, according to CEO Brandon O’Reilly. The airport is unique in the UK in being dedicated to business aviation and focusing on quality, to the extent it sticks to one FBO, also run by TAG Aviation. It also has a distinctive, futuristic look with its wave hangars and matching, futuristic-looking control tower.
German air navigation service provider DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung), which has criticized air traffic management (ATM) performance targets sought by the European Commission, announced 2013 results showing improved management of Germany’s airspace, which has Europe’s highest traffic volume.
Ed Bolen, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) president and CEO, and Li Derun, Shanghai Airport Authority president, signed a memorandum of agreement at ABACE 2014 yesterday to keep the annual Asian business aviation show at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport until at least 2021. The agreement doubles the life of the original five-year arrangement signed by the parties in June 2011 to hold the show at the Chinese airport starting with ABACE 2012.
U.S. aviation services provider Castle & Cooke has been an ABACE exhibitor since 2012, explaining the role of a fixed-base operator (FBO) to show attendees who might not be familiar with the fueling and ground-handling services such a company provides to private aviation. As the company returns to the Shanghai show for the third time, it is providing a translator (Booth H431) to more fully answer attendee questions.