Social Issues

October 23, 2013 - 11:05am

The National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT) will become part of ASTM International and continue to provide non-regulatory, industry-recognized personnel certifications for aviation and aerospace technicians.

October 2, 2013 - 11:19am

Ryanair said it will appeal Wednesday’s ruling by a provincial court in France that imposed fines and damages totaling €8 million ($10.8 million), the majority of which relate to alleged non-payment of French social insurance and state pension contributions for Ryanair crews flying to and from Marseille from 2007 to 2010.

September 19, 2013 - 1:15pm

Activist investor The Children’s Investment Fund Management (TCI) in the UK has renewed its calls for EADS to sell its 46-percent stake, worth more than €4 billion, in Dassault Aviation.

July 22, 2013 - 1:25pm

So-called harmonized flight- and duty-time rules for pilots and cabin crew approved by a European Aviation Safety Agency committee on July 11 drew sharply different reactions from Europe’s pilot union coalition and airline associations on Monday. Speaking with AIN last Tuesday, European Cockpit Association president Nico Voorbach characterized the basis for the new rules as unscientific and driven wholly by the interests of the airline lobby in Europe.

July 17, 2013 - 12:40pm

After several years of lobbying, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has finally seen the fruit of its effort to urge Pennsylvania legislators to eliminate a 6-percent state sales tax on the retail sale of aircraft parts and maintenance.

July 2, 2013 - 3:10pm

NBAA has issued a new resource about the net investment income tax (NIIT), having now fully reviewed the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS regulations on this tax, which was enacted as part of the 2010 healthcare overhaul. Beginning this year, the law imposes a 3.8-percent tax on the investment income of certain individuals, and it will affect many common airplane leasing arrangements, NBAA said.

June 19, 2013 - 9:35am

Rock-and-roll musician Bruce Dickinson (lead singer of Iron Maiden), who is also an airline pilot, was at the Paris Air Show this week, fired up with the news that he has won a £5 million investment in Cardiff Aviation, his Wales, UK-based aviation services company. Dickinson said that this would help the firm have a “much wider impact across the entire South Wales aerospace industry.”

June 17, 2013 - 3:30am

L-3 Security & Detection Systems is demonstrating its new ProVision 2 passenger scanner here in the group’s Paris Air Show pavilion (Static E17). The equipment has just completed approval under the European Civil Aviation Conference’s Common Evaluation Process.

May 23, 2013 - 1:30pm

In response to the powerful tornado that ravaged areas of Oklahoma City on Monday, business aviation charity Sky Hope Network has organized a community relief fund to aid several aviation professionals who lost their homes and also the family of an FAA title examiner who was killed in the tornado. In its first day, the campaign raised nearly $10,000, all of which will be distributed directly to the victims. Donations can be made through June 1 via Sky Hope’s website.

May 3, 2013 - 2:45am

Introduced at AIX, the TravelChair for severely disabled children also won first prize in the Crystal Cabin Awards Passenger Comfort Hardware category, receiving the trophy on April 9, the opening day of the show.

Years in development, the 13.2-pound chair is designed for children between the ages of three and 11 and fits most aircraft seats by way of a strap around the seat-back. It is further anchored using the standard seat belt, meeting airline regulations.

 
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