Nav Canada is changing Canadian ATC procedures to require aircraft to comply with published SID/Star altitude restrictions unless they are cancelled by ATC, starting February 9. According to NBAA, an aircraft that is assigned a SID/Star and then assigned a higher or lower altitude is still expected to comply with any published altitude restrictions on the SID/Star while climbing or descending to the new assigned altitude unless ATC specifically states “all SID/Star altitude restrictions cancelled.”
John Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has started returning fire from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, who has declared war on the TSA.
A business jet captain pursuing a master’s degree at Embry-Riddle is asking pilots at Part 91 turbine operators to take a survey to help with her degree capstone project.
DEA and FBI agents yesterday arrested 22 employees and former employees of Boeing’s Ridley Park, Pa. plant, and one non-employee, in an undercover sting aimed at prescription drug abuse at the manufacturing plant, according to Vito Guarino, DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge.
A Bell Helicopter spokesman denies that the company did anything improper in accepting approximately $300 million in U.S. Defense Department independent research and development (IRAD) funds to develop the Model 609 civil tiltrotor program. Bell announced in June that it is in the process of selling the 609 outright to co-development partner AgustaWestland.
Gulfstream once again holds the number one slot for jets. Hawker Beechcraft takes the top spot among new turboprops, while Mitsubishi takes the overall t-prop title. Bell leads among helicopter OEMs.
Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories brand will distribute the TrueView Enhanced Visions Systems infrared thermal imaging system worldwide. It is currently certified via supplemental type certificate in the U.S. and Canada for the Bell 206B and 206L. TrueView is developing systems for the Bell 407 and 429.
The FAA is proposing a $194,249 civil penalty against ERA for alleged violations of its drug-and-alcohol testing regulations related to pre-employment screening and random testing of existing employees during 2009 and 2010. The OGP helicopter service company has since brought its hiring and drug testing programs into compliance.
Berkley Accident and Health has set up Encap Business Aviation Captive to create “an insurance brokerage program specifically for business aviation employers that employ between ten and 1,000 employees,” Joe Clifton, director of JP Benefits Connection, told AIN. The program offers medical and prescription coverage.
FinServe Aviation Insurance introduced an insurance program designed specifically for business aircraft owners and operators in Europe. According to the company, the program covers a broader range of risks associated with business aviation than a standard aircraft insurance policy.