Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., today presented its 2005 Spirit of Noise Abatement Award to 32 of its based operators and corporate flight departments for maintaining 100-percent compliance with the Voluntary Restraint from Flying Program (between midnight and 6:30 a.m.) and for not exceeding 93 dBA on approach and departure as measured by the airport’s noise-monitoring system.
Pittsburgh International Airport
The French Ministry of Employment has launched an investigation into NetJets Europe flight crews at French airports, after an association of air charter operators alleged the fractional ownership giant is breaking the country’s employment law.
NetJets Europe’s plan to take delivery of 30 new aircraft this year requires the addition of 130 to 140 pilots, said William Kelly, who just last month took over as CEO of NetJets Transportes Aereos (NTA), the operating arm of NetJets Europe. An accountant and lawyer, Kelly joined NetJets Europe in 2002 and worked as its CFO for the last three-and-a-half years.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Dallas Love Field, Memphis International and Milwaukee General Mitchell International as the newest “gateway” airports for allowing certain pre-cleared general aviation aircraft to fly directly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Golfing legend Arnold Palmer took a shot at the airlines’ proposal to institute a user fee system to fund the nation’s air traffic system during the convention’s opening general session Tuesday morning, calling any such scheme potentially “devastating” to the industry. “I just flew back from Ireland and flew over a corner of Canada, and in about a month I’ll get a bill for it,” said Palmer.
Atlantic Aviation is growing in Pennsylvania with a new 29,400-sq-ft hangar at its Pittsburgh International Airport FBO, and an additional 7,000 sq ft of flexible office and shop space. Due for completion in July, the facility’s new office space will be used for TSA security screening and handling of sports team charter passengers.
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) annual general assembly and related industry trade display has become established as a forum for doing “real business,” according to group officials. This year was no exception.
The comment period on a proposal to continue the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) has been extended from October 30 to December 29, the result of requests from several trade groups. The program, which includes a slot-reservation system for general aviation operations (six slots are available per hour between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.) is set to expire January 1.
Assuming the next six months or so do not see a deterioration in trading conditions, the NetJets Europe fractional-ownership program should finally achieve an operating profit in the second half of this year.
As a percentage of a $200 airline ticket, taxes and fees more than tripled between 1972 and 2004 thanks to inflation, a decline in the real cost of airline travel and, more recently, increased security charges, as the government struggles to keep pace with the cost of providing the infrastructure necessary to support airline flights.