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.
The highest overall rating for jets again goes to Gulfstream. Mitsubishi takes the top spot among turboprops and Bell leads in the helicopter category.
Farnborough Airport has boosted its claim to being London’s leading business aviation gateway with the introduction of a Cat I ILS on Runway 24. The ILS installation required a 1,030-ft displaced threshold and a further 600-ft displacement at the departure end, reducing landing distance to 5,900 ft. Runway 06 is scheduled to get an ILS next spring.
An amendment to Massachusetts’ recently approved 2002 budget (H.B.3207) will eliminate the 5-percent sales and use tax when aircraft and aircraft parts are sold in the state, starting in March. Even though the tax- break amendment was approved as the legislature completed its business for the year, state tax officials will need until March to make the required procedural changes that formally extinguish the tax.
Polly Vacher is preparing for a May bid to become the first pilot to fly solo around the world via both the North and South Poles. She plans to depart from the UK’s Birmingham International Airport in her Piper Dakota piston single. The “Wings Around the World” flight will raise funds for the Flying Scholarships for the Disabled charity. Would-be sponsors can find more information at www.worldwings.org.
In a cooperative agreement announced last month, ChevronTexaco Global Aviation (CTGA) employees will sponsor 22 children from around the world. After extensive research, the employees chose Childreach/ Plan, a nonprofit organization that promotes children’s well being, rights and interests around the world.