Social Issues

September 21, 2010 - 9:38am

Piper PA-31T, Coahuila, Mexico, July 7, 2010–While carrying several government officials on a flight to survey flooding from a recent hurricane, the Mexican-registered Cheyenne crashed, destroying the twin turboprop and killing the pilot and all seven passengers. VMC prevailed at the time of the crash. The Mexican government is conducting the accident investigation.

September 21, 2010 - 9:38am

Six AgustaWestland AW139s will be delivered to Panama’s Aeronaval Service as part of a bilateral anti-crime agreement focused on international drug trafficking and organized crime negotiated between Italy and Panama earlier this year.  

August 14, 2010 - 3:57pm

A program put in place to improve the oversight of aviation safety for African countries has completed many of its work goals one year ahead of target. The African Comprehensive Implementation Program (ACIP) was launched in 2007, and its four-year first phase has seen most of its goals reached by this year, according to ICAO’s secretary general Raymond Benjamin.

August 3, 2010 - 7:01am

A survey mandated by Congress could lead to a grant program for security enhancements at general aviation airports. But AOPA cautioned the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that the results of the survey should be used for the allocation of funding, not the imposition of requirements.

August 3, 2010 - 3:57am

Another casualty of the economic downturn could be funding for necessary airport infrastructure projects, according to Kathryn Solee, director of operations for the National Association of State Aviation Officials.

July 14, 2010 - 8:06am

The Aeronautical Repair Station’s efforts to create a risk-retention group to provide commercial liability insurance for its members is closer to fruition. In late June, the Aviation Alliance Insurance Risk Retention Group (AAIRRG), established by ARSA and Polaris Enterprise Group, received its certificate of authority (insurance license) from the state of Montana.

July 7, 2010 - 4:52am

Aircraft owners in the U.S. are bristling after the Federal Communications Commission last month announced plans to impose a total ban on the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or continued use of 121.5-MHz ELTs.” FAA regulations require U.S.-registered aircraft to carry fixed emergency locator transmitters, but the rule doesn’t specify whether they should operate on 121.5 or 406 MHz.

July 1, 2010 - 11:52am

Another casualty of the economic downturn could be funding for necessary airport infrastructure projects, according to Kathryn Solee, director of operations for the National Association of State Aviation Officials.

May 25, 2010 - 10:40am

The Indianapolis Police Department’s four helicopters have been grounded since earlier this year after its aviation insurance was allowed to expire. Police officials cited budget constraints.

May 10, 2010 - 5:53am

The recently passed Senate FAA reauthorization bill eliminates the so-called fuel fraud tax that has been causing major annoyance and expense for U.S. FBOs, according to the National Air Transportation Association. The bill does increase fuel taxes to 36 cents from 22 cents per gallon.

 
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