Jeffrey Borer, former owner of defunct charter operator XtraJet, and Arvel Reeves, previous owner of one-time aircraft services firm Executive Aviation Logistics, admitted guilt in a plea bargain on federal charges of secretly videotaping entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while flying aboard a chartered Gulfstream IISP on Nov. 20, 2003.
NBAA is reconsidering its role in the Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE). The association has cosponsored the annual show in Brazil with the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) since it began in 2003.
Around 80 exhibitors have committed to participating in the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference and exhibition to be held in Dubai from January 31 to February 1. According to organizers, the show–to be staged at the Airport Expo Dubai site at Dubai International Airport–will also feature at least 30 aircraft on display.
Hamburg, Germany, plans to present the first Crystal Cabin Awards at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, to be held in the city from April 17 to 19 next year. The awards will be divided into several design categories, including comfort and health, environmental, entertainment and communication, innovation, safety and security, and future concepts, as well as an overall winner. Winners will receive a Crystal Cabin trophy.
Next month Montreal will host the 45th annual Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) convention (June 13 to 15). The static display is to be held at the Skyservice Aviation FBO at Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau International Airport (formerly Dorval) and the event’s seminars and social functions are to be staged at the downtown Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
Business aviation is enjoying a higher profile worldwide, as evidenced by the presence of BBC television here at the EBACE show this week to film a documentary for its Fast Track series of business travel reports. The show will be broadcast this weekend on the BBC World and BBC 24 news channels (including 8:30 a.m. on BBC World this Sunday morning).
ADS-B-equipped aircraft will be back on ATC radar screens in Alaska after an absence of several weeks. On March 24, following “misapplication” of separation standards by the Anchorage ARTCC, FAA officials in Washington ordered ADS-B aircraft returns removed from ATC displays.
In what it said is “part of our transition to full electronic distribution of ADs and Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins,” the FAA today began implementing a cutback in the mailing of these documents to affected owners and operators. Specifically, the agency will no longer mail AD corrections that don’t receive a new amendment number and AD number.
The Canadian Business Aircraft Association (CBAA) will return to one of its favorite venues next year when it holds its annual convention at the Calgary International Airport July 9 through 12. Skyservice will serve as host FBO for the trade show and static display. Past CBAA meetings have featured an outdoor barbecue adjacent to the aviation museum on the airport.
In his producing and directing debut, Brian Terwilliger wanted to make an epic movie about the romance of flying, of all things. So he decided to film a 90-minute flick called One Six Right, a documentary about the passion for flying at the world’s busiest general aviation airport, Van Nuys Airport (VNY), California.