The days following the unprecedented shutdown of the National Airspace System caused massive grumping and anguish in the corporate and general aviation community, exacerbated when the federal government allowed only “commercial” aircraft to resume flying.
It started several years ago when Boeing began selling its BBJ in numbers that the airline manufacturer never expected (25 in the first year, 82 overall since its inception in 1996). Though bizliners are not a new concept, the BBJ stirred some issues that were mostly dormant at North American airports.
The Regional Airline Association opens the next chapter in its 32-year history this year as new association president Roger Cohen presides over his first RAA convention in Memphis. But in the five months since the group bid farewell to Debby McElroy, Cohen hasn’t enjoyed much time to acclimate to his new environs, having dived head-first into one of the most contentious debates over FAA funding the industry has ever had to face.
Boeing’s efforts to gain access to Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J., for its BBJ have been rebuffed, at least for this legislative year. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), backed by Sens.
Executive Jet Management has reorganized its management staff with the following appointments: Robert Mayo, formerly senior v-p for client transition, was promoted to senior v-p of operations; Glenna Edwards, formerly a vice president for client relations, was named v-p of owner standards; and Larry Lee, formerly director of the company’s shuttle operation, was named assistant director of operations.
Does a recovering economy and the rising stock market offer any assurance that your flight department will survive in 2004? Don’t count on it. While expanding corporate earnings bode well for business aviation, job security for flight department personnel is much more dependent upon delivering real value than absorbing excess profits.
When a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet Management overran the runway during an aborted takeoff at Teterboro Airport in February, crossed a busy highway and crashed into a warehouse, there was a collective sigh of relief when all eight passengers and the crew emerged with non-life-threatening injuries.
Indigo tried it and failed. Now Executive Jet Management (EJM), a NetJets company, is hoping to succeed in offering a scheduled air service using a fleet of business aircraft.
Dallas-based Gold Jets, which provides aircraft management and arranges charter flights via an online auction process, has purchased charter operator New World Jet of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Kern Mattei transferred his 100-percent interest in New World Jet to Gold Jets in exchange for an ownership interest in the latter company.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has designated Jet Aviation facilities in Dallas, Boston and Teterboro, N.J., as authorized maintenance centers for the Legacy business jet and corporate shuttle, as well as their regional airline counterparts. Other Jet Aviation facilities holding OEM approval to work on Legacys are located at Palm Beach, Fla.; Dusseldorf, Germany; and London.