In response to what it referred to as “inaccurate speculation” in the media and elsewhere about the status of fuel supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the FAA said in a statement released Thursday, “We are continuously canvassing airports, airlines, and jet fuel providers to ensure sufficient supplies are on hand to support normal commercial operations.
NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker said the FAA’s airport movement area safety system (AMASS) is not adequate to prevent serious runway collisions. Citing several recent near-collisions at Boston and New York airports where AMASS allegedly did not perform, Rosenker noted that the situations were instead resolved by flight crew actions sometimes bordering on the heroic–and luck.
“I know what it feels like to be sitting on an airport where there’s no maintenance available, staring at a flat nosewheel. I’ve been there,” Mike Hogan, v-p of operations for Santa Clarita, Calif.-based OnCall Corporate Jet Repair, told AIN.
A cocktail of prescription drugs was found in the body of the pilot of a King Air that crashed on April 4, 2003, at 9:35 a.m. in Leominster, Mass. The NTSB factual report, just released, revealed that post-mortem tests showed he had morphine, antidepressants desipramine and imipramine and anticonvulsant carbamazepine in his system. A combination of the drugs could cause drowsiness and lack of coordination.
The first of the new regional forums organized by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) will be staged at London Biggin Hill Airport on September 10. The event, which is being hosted by the Jet Aviation FBO on the south side of the airport, will consist of sessions covering regulatory and operational issues, as well as a small exhibition.
Greek aviation officials have at last started to release slots and aircraft parking positions for business aviation traffic heading for next month’s Athens Olympic Games–months after busting their own deadlines for filing landing requests. At the new Athens International Airport, some 50 parking spaces have been set aside for head-of-state aircraft.
The Texas DOT has awarded an $8.3 million federal grant for the first phase of a planned $20 million project to renovate and expand general aviation facilities at Sugar Land Regional Airport, reported the Fort Bend/Southwest Sun.
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.
How will business aviation operations in the New York City area be affected by the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the end of next month in these security-conscious times? That was a headline topic at the May meeting of the Teterboro Users and Operators Association (TUG), which stays on top of issues affecting those who do business at the New Jersey airport.
Italian accident investigators have concluded that human error on the part of two German pilots of a Cessna Citation CJ2 was the main cause of a fatal collision with a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Milan Linate Airport on Oct. 8, 2001.