NGAMC is the new aviation acronym on the block, according to air-taxi operators DayJet, Jet-Alliance, Linear Air and SATSAir, very light jet OEM Eclipse Aviation, their suppliers and the communities the air-taxi operators serve.
Even though “ATXA” looks as if it belongs on the New York Stock Exchange ticker, add it to your lexicon of GA lobbying groups. The Air Taxi Association (ATXA) is open for business.
The Air Taxi Association was officially launched today as a way to bring together companies that operate principally VLJs on a per-seat, on-demand basis, though at least one operator is using piston-driven Cirrus SR22s for the job. The eight founding members include familiar names such as budding Eclipse 500 operator DayJet, as well as some lesser-known start-ups such as Atlanta’s Imagine Air and Switzerland’s Jetbird.
Russian charter firm Jet2000 reached an agreement with Kaskol, Sokol and Myasischev, which jointly developed the M-101T Sokol (formerly Gzhel), to conduct trials of the new turboprop single on air-taxi services from Moscow Vnukovo Airport.
This makes Jet2000 the first commercial user of the business turboprop, which received Russian certification more than a year ago but has so far failed to win any firm orders.
A group of airline and corporate pilots has established BidQwest, an online site where air taxis can bid on charter flight requests.
The DOT in its advance NPRM asks the public to comment on the following questions:
(1) How might customers and passengers benefit from the information covered by the NTSB recommendation in making their air-taxi service purchase decisions?
(2) Should any notice requirement, if adopted, also apply to air charter brokers and other ticket agents who arrange for air transportation for air-taxi customers?
In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published today, the DOT is seeking input from interested parties on a 2006 NTSB recommendation calling for air taxi’s to be required to disclose operational control information to customers. The recommendation stems from the Safety Board’s investigation into the crash of a Challenger 600 at Montrose, Colo., on Nov. 24, 2004.
Release of a new air-taxi operations specification (OpSpec A008) to replace interim Notice 8400.83, published last June, has been delayed again–from the end of November to the end of last month. It’s expected that operators will have 60 days from its release to comply. One of the purposes of the OpSpec is to clarify operational control criteria for multi-layered charter arrangements.
Transport Canada increased the minimum visibility required before beginning an approach from the previous 1,200 feet to 1,600 feet, effective December 1. Transport Canada also amended the regulations to prohibit commercial operators, including air taxis, from beginning an approach under conditions in which a successful landing is unlikely.
Donald Burr recently left air-taxi hopeful Pogo to “pursue other opportunities,” according to a company statement. Burr, with former American Airlines chief Robert Crandall, established Pogo in May last year to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network using hundreds of very light twinjets.