The FAA released official guidance last month regarding ATC’s ability to define and describe precipitation to pilots, including the terms controllers will use to describe the area of weather. With the advancement in radar technology, controllers can now determine the level of precipitation in the atmosphere, as opposed to simply where an area might be present.
New York-based charter operator ExcelAire recently submitted to Brazilian Federal Police Chief Renato Sayao a 150-page report on the September 29 midair between an ExcelAire Legacy and a Gol Airlines 737.
Defending its plans to halt around-the-clock technical staffing of the Pico del Este long-range radar in Puerto Rico, the FAA said today that the change will not affect coverage or safety in the Caribbean region.
Concerned about continuing international shipping delays because of post-9/11 U.S. Customs regulations, Raytheon is opening a spare parts center in Liège, Belgium. The 147,000-sq-ft, fully automated facility will match its current Dallas/Fort Worth spares depot capability. The European facility initially will be stocked with $10 million worth of inventory in support of all Raytheon models, including out-of-production types.
Raytheon Aircraft is proclaiming victory in its ongoing efforts to turn around its customer-support operations, and is now focusing on sustaining that claimed turnaround. Ultimately, the company wants to redefine the way the business aviation industry provides customer support.
If asked today for their views about automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), many pilots might respond that it was developed to meet the unique needs of single-engine commercial operators in remote areas such as Alaska, where only minimal ATC services were available. Alternatively, it was aimed at helping freighter pilots best position themselves in inbound traffic streams during “rush hour” operations around freight hubs.
Bombardier Flexjet has become the first nonscheduled operator to successfully transmit real-time flight-intent data to the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) near Washington Dulles International Airport. This data gives the agency more predictable information with which to make traffic-flow-management decisions each day. The fractional aircraft company operates a fleet of more than 100 aircraft.
A scheduled mediation session failed to settle a lawsuit in which former Raytheon Travel Air pilots allege they were fired because of their union-organizing activities when the company merged with Flight Options. The case is now set to go to trial on May 11. The pilots filed the lawsuit in late 2002. Court records show that the four pilots suing Flight Options are Thomas Bowden, William Brunet, Thomas Jeter and William Tumlin.
The Argentine government took emergency action last month, relieving the nation’s Air Force of responsibility for providing ATC services. The government announced the creation of the National Administration of Civil Aviation, a civilian entity that will take over ATC in the country. The decision came after pilots and air traffic controllers complained about poor aviation safety.
Nav Canada last month awarded its national ADS-B program to Syracuse, N.Y.-based Sensis, and installation of the first system ground stations is now under way. The FAA, on the other hand, faces some unexpected pre-contract issues as it moves toward its implementation plan.