A late September report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the FAA is making progress in its policing of pilots’ medical certificates, but the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure still has some reservations about the overall program.
Wichita-based PIM Aviation Insurance, an insurance broker serving the business and commercial aviation market since 1982, recently added life insurance for pilots to its portfolio. Pilots interested in obtaining a free quote can stop by Booth No. 5111. PIM partnered with several insurance companies willing to provide competitively priced life insurance for pilots when they are operating aircraft, the company said.
Unionized aircraft assembly workers returned to work September 2 at Hawker Beechcraft plants in Wichita and Salina, Kan., after a four-week strike. Seventy-seven percent of the 5,200 workers voted for a contract offer that increased wages, maintained previous health-care benefits and raised pension contributions.
Grand Junction, Colo.-based West Star Aviation has completed Supplemental Inspection Document (SID) inspections on 27 Cessna Conquest II twin turboprops, ensuring that the airframe is free of corrosion, cracks, debonding, abnormal wear and other anomalies.
The U.S. government has reinstated the “airbridge denial program,” or anti-drug interdiction efforts, with Colombia. This program, which allows the use of deadly force against civilian aircraft if they are known or suspected to be smuggling drugs, is the first of the airbridge programs to resume after the fatal shooting down of a missionary Cessna 185 floatplane in Peru in 2001. AOPA reiterated its opposition, saying.
Airport officials at Jackson Hole, Wyo., are watching events in Naples to help determine how they will proceed with their own proposed Stage 2 ban. Most troubling to NBAA is language in the Senate’s FAA reauthorization bill that would permit such a ban. If the legislation passes as written, Jackson Hole would be able to restrict or prohibit operation of Stage 2 aircraft without having to complete an FAR Part 161 noise study.
It’s a story right out of the Wild West. A helicopter delivering cash to the Kendal power station near Ogies in South Africa in June was robbed of one million South African rand (roughly $130,000) in a Western-style shootout, according to police. In a statement filed by local law-enforcement officials, a helicopter landed at the power station to deliver seven bags of cash.
In response to historic flooding in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area in June, Rockwell Collins made a $2 million contribution to aid local flood relief efforts. The funds will be used to support the immediate needs of flood victims, as well as ongoing clean-up and restoration activities. The company has also established the Rockwell Collins Flood Recovery Fund to enable employees, retirees and suppliers to donate to flood relief efforts.
The 2,800-plus flight crews and the more than 3,100 share owners of NetJets aircraft and their passengers are now provided with emergency medical care by the Mayo Clinic while they are on a NetJets aircraft or at their destinations anywhere in the world.