The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is leading fresh industry demands for a clampdown on illegal charter activity. The campaign wants to make charter customers more aware of the risks they run by flying in aircraft not operated under commercial aircraft operating certificates (AOCs). It also wants authorities to be more aggressive in catching those operating illegally.
In reaction to last week’s move by the U.S. FAA to restore Mexico’s aviation safety rating to Category 1, Aeromexico plans to re-establish code share flights with U.S. partner Delta Air Lines as of December 11. All told, the airline expects to offer 45 daily flights that share the Delta Air Lines code.
ICAO’s two-week Assembly in Montreal in late September/early October covered much new ground as senior representatives from the world’s nations got to grips with the challenges civil aviation faces as it transitions to a still unfolding advanced-technology environment.
New European rules on flight crew licensing (FCL) could undermine business aircraft operators who depend on being able to use pilots trained in the U.S., according to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Recent pilot reports have suggested that French civil aviation authorities are requiring foreign operators to demonstrate that they have a safety management system (SMS) or flight operations quality assurance (Foqa) program before they grant traffic rights.
At the close of its 37th Assembly last Friday, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed to what it characterized as the first global approach to reducing air transport's impact on climate change.
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group's annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
A program put in place to improve the oversight of aviation safety for African countries has completed many of its work goals one year ahead of target. The African Comprehensive Implementation Program (ACIP) was launched in 2007, and its four-year first phase has seen most of its goals reached by this year, according to ICAO’s secretary general Raymond Benjamin.
Latin American countries are poised to play an important part in business aviation’s recovery, according to aviation consultant Brian Foley. “Latin America has historically been the third-largest market for business aircraft,” he said. There are nearly 31,000 private business jets and turboprops worldwide, with 62 percent based in the U.S. and Canada, followed by 13 percent in Europe and a “surprising” 12 percent in Latin America.
The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) has prevailed in a three-year legal battle against CASA, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. ALAEA sued to gain access to safety-related audit reports of CASA-approved foreign maintenance bases.