Germany’s Dusseldorf Airport is to introduce a new E160 ($176) “slot allocation charge” for each takeoff and landing, which operators have to pay even if they cannot use the slot in question. ERA is protesting the move on the grounds that such a charge contravenes existing EC legislation and ICAO recommendations.
Buying the assets of a bankrupt aviation company is one way to lower the cost of entry into the industry, but it’s still a risky business. Iowa real-estate developer Matt Eller paid $441,000 last October to acquire the intellectual property of VisionAire, and thus acquired the moribund single-turbine Vantage very light jet. Eller’s goal is to certify and build the Vantage, but in the meantime he’s still searching for funding.