Next month is a good time to start. The company expects to release its 1,000-page, 2006/7 World Edition in early August, and for the first time it will have FBO addresses on airport diagrams. It will also include an accompanying CD-ROM. Other enhancements include passport, visa and health requirements to allow pilots, dispatchers and trip planners to build a complete picture of each destination.
The total 4-MHz slice of frequency spectrum that was the subject of the FCC’s 800-MHz auction is the same spectrum that has been allocated for air-to-ground calling for the last 20 years. The original idea was for as many as five competitors to offer air-to-ground calling services in flight, but only three players eventually emerged–and none was able to make money.
AirCell’s winning bid of $31.319 million for an important segment of the air-to-ground frequency spectrum last month bodes well for business jet operators and passengers, who stand to benefit from access to high-speed-data services available across the U.S. over a network of special ground towers.
Platinum Jet Management last month was slapped with a cease-and-desist order for the second time since the Challenger overrun accident at Teterboro Airport on February 2 last year. The DOT order claims Platinum Jet operated the Challenger and other charter flights without economic or regulatory authority and violated U.S. cabotage rules. Platinum Jet and its three owners were penalized $175,000.
Verizon has sent notices to current MagnaStar air-to-ground customers informing them that it intends to shut down the service on December 4. In the letter, Verizon said it is exploring the sale of its general aviation business.
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