General Electric is preparing its new Passport engine for a first test run this month. Chosen to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000, the Passport 20 is scheduled for certification in 2015. Assembly of the first engine began in March. The Passport has been developed from General Electric’s eCore technology, which is also used in the CFM Leap engine for single-aisle airliners.
Harrods Aviation has made special arrangements with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for passengers and crew to complete immigration procedures at its London Luton Airport FBO.
Passengers arriving on business aircraft at UK airports may face delays in clearing immigration, following a move by the UK Border Agency to withdraw the so-called pre-clearance process. This allowed FBOs to simply give officials passenger lists for flights with nationality details and leave it to them to decide whether or not they wished to personally inspect passports.
Ed Boyo, director at Landover Aviation of Lagos, Nigeria, said, “The air transportation industry in Africa was dealt a huge setback after September, with a loss of consumer confidence and the bankruptcy of some airlines. This has meant an increased interest in business aviation.”
Avcard of Hunt Valley, Md., has signed a fuel agreement with the Chinese National Oil Co., China Aviation Oil & Supply Co. and eight other affiliated fuel suppliers throughout China. The deal also allows Avcard to supply aviation services at all other airports in the country as they are opened to foreign traffic, either temporarily or permanently. Through the agreement, Avcard holders can arrange their arrival at no additional cost.
As of October 28, airmen are required to carry a photo identification acceptable to the agency when exercising the privileges of a pilot certificate, according to just-published revisions to FAR Part 61. Additionally, pilots are now required to present a photo identification when requested by an authorized representative of the FAA, NTSB, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or a law-enforcement officer.
A new U.S. anti-terrorism rule that would have required computer-coded passports for certain foreign nationals entering the U.S. has been put on hold for 12 months. The regulation, to have taken effect on October 1, applies to 27 U.S. trading partner countries whose citizens are not currently required to have a visa to enter the U.S.
NBAA and AOPA said that the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that became effective January 23 this year and required air travelers to carry a passport to fly back into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda was relaxed somewhat last month. Pilots or passengers caught in the midst of the overburdened process of applying for a passport can now simply provide proof that they have done so.
Flight crews and their passengers will be affected by a proposal from the Departments of State and Homeland Security to require a U.S. or foreign passport or other “accepted secure document” when traveling between the U.S. and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Currently, U.S. citizens in most cases need to show only drivers’ licenses to reenter the U.S. from Mexico, Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Beginning today, all U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda and Mexico entering the U.S. from within the Western Hemisphere at airports of entry will be required to present a valid passport. In lieu of a passport, U.S. citizens have been permitted to present a variety of documents to establish their identity and citizenship and right to enter the U.S.
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