GE Aviation has revised flight-testing plans for the Passport engine, chosen by Bombardier to power its ultra-long-range Global 7000 and 8000. The engine manufacturer initially planned to begin flight-testing the first development engine on its newly acquired 747-400 flying testbed (FTB) from facilities in Victorville, Calif., in July or August. Now the plan calls for the engine to fly on GE’s 747-100 FTB later this year or early next year.
Dubai-based flight-planning services company UAS relaunched its VIP travel services division, UAS Executive Travel, with customized services, a dedicated team and refreshed logo. Its staff provides local insight, removes linguistic barriers and collaborates with travelers and suppliers to ensure delivery of VIP-quality services.
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.
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