Long-time aviation journalist William David Wagstaff, 49, died on February 8, following complications from surgery. A lifetime aviation and space enthusiast, Bill was a full-time editor with Aviation International News from 1988 to 2003, serving in many capacities.
The FAA on February 9 released its final rule on proposed changes to the rules governing air-tour operators, who must demonstrate compliance within six months. Operators of helicopter air tours will have 18 months to outfit their aircraft with floats, if required.
With more than 20,000 product launches packed into the span of just four days, January’s Consumer Electronics Show surely thrilled the throng of technophiles in attendance. For everybody else, the event probably seemed more like a techno-blur.
A federal district court in California has indicted Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Reeves on conspiracy and other charges related to secretly recorded conversations between entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while on a chartered Gulfstream IISP flight from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2003.
Donald Burr recently left air-taxi hopeful Pogo to "pursue other opportunities," according to a company statement. Burr, founder of People Express, and Robert Crandall, controversial chief of American Airlines, were fierce competitors in the 1980s. The pair established Pogo in May 2004 to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network using hundreds of very light twinjets.
Imperial Transport, flying a Citation 501, and US Smokeless Tobacco Brands, operating two Challenger 601s, received the “Spirit of Noise Abatement” awards for last year for achieving the lowest average sound level for a single jet and a fleet operation, respectively, at Westchester County Airport (HPN), White Plains, N.Y.
Million Air Burbank, Calif. (BUR), recently held its grand-opening celebration. The new facility–owned by Harold Lee, who also owns Million Air Van Nuys–provides a second choice for visitors to the “beautiful downtown” city made famous by former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. The heavily trafficked airport is one of the primary business aviation destinations, along with nearby Van Nuys, for the entertainment industry.
Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) want to require pilots to respond to resolution advisories (RAs) from airborne collision avoidance systems (ACAS) in all circumstances. On March 1, the regulator issued a notice of proposed amendment (NPA) for JAR-OPS 1.398 rules covering ACAS operations.
The FAA last month issued three separate airworthiness alerts on the TBM 700 turboprop single. The alerts, which do not carry the force of ADs, but are “highly recommended” by the FAA, deal with a faulty GPU plug that could damage the power supply cable; possible interference between the pitot-tube supply line and the aileron cable; and corrosion-caused cracks in the attachment fittings of the tail fin.