When terrorists plunged their hijacked airliners into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon last month, it had an immediate effect on business aircraft owners and operators, and will likely have a profound influence for years to come.
“Beechcraft and Hawker owners can now find parts for their aircraft anywhere in the world with the click of a mouse,” says Raytheon Aircraft of its expanded worldwide inventory network (WIN). WIN provides access to the entire parts inventory of Raytheon Aircraft and all its distributors and service centers. Previously, only customer-support representatives could view the parts inventory under the WIN program.
FAA data indicates that a very small number of ATC “operational errors” (a reduction in standard separation distances) occur in any given year (about 6.7 errors per one million operations, on average), but the General Accounting Office has little faith that the data is accurate.
RAYTHEON SEC PROBE FOCUSES ON BEECH 1900D
Above the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., the rain and low ceiling cleared from overcast to broken, and then the cold mist lingered. A wet field of 256 golfers in the Greater Washington Aviation Open (GWAO) climbed to carts to await tournament director Paul “Bo” Bollinger’s signal for a shotgun start. Bollinger, whose regular job is with the Air Traffic Control Association, advised golfers to have fun, but swing clear.
James Schuster has been the chairman and CEO of Raytheon Aircraft since 2001, and is also an executive vice president of Raytheon Co. He served as president of Raytheon’s Aircraft Integration Systems (AIS) in Waco, Texas, for two years before taking the helm of the Wichita-based aircraft division.
At the end of March, Airservices Australia (the country’s privatized ATC provider) announced that it had contracted with Thales of France to provide ADS-B ground stations at 28 sites, which would combine with the current coastal ATC radars to provide total surveillance coverage across the nation above 30,000 feet. Installations are forecast to be complete by the end of next year.
While machinations continue on future funding of the FAA, the House and Senate last week approved a six-week extension of the current law. The House passed its version of FAA reauthorization legislation on September 20, but the Senate version has not yet been debated on the floor.
Raytheon Aircraft chairman and CEO Jim Schuster revealed an interim management team, the company’s second major leadership reorganization in six months (AIN, August, page 1). The actions follow a decrease in sales and deliveries in the third quarter. Brad Hatt, the former v-p of global GA sales, is the new acting v-p of aircraft business, replacing Richard Danforth.
Transportation Secretary Mary Peters voiced disapproval of the recently passed House FAA Reauthorization Bill at the opening ceremonies of the 60th Annual NBAA Convention here yesterday. The House bill, approved on September 20, relies on fuel taxes rather than user fees to fund the FAA, and Secretary Peters said the Bush Administration was “concerned the bill doesn’t have a cost-based system to fund the FAA.”