The FAA’s Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) have a backlog of applications for certificates that concerns the Department of Transportation Inspector General’s Office. As of last October, 1,029 new air operator, flight school and repair station applicants awaited certificates from FSDOs across all eight FAA regions, with 138 applications delayed longer than three years, the IG reported to Congress on June 12.
Sydney Airport has placed into operation a ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) supporting satellite-based precision approaches and landings. The airport is the first in Australia to offer a GBAS landing system, Airservices Australia said.
Air France unveiled the details of its partnership with executive charter operator Wijet for first-class connections. Starting today, passengers of the “La Première” cabin on long-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport can buy an optional connecting flight to and from their final destination aboard one of Wijet’s Cessna Citation Mustangs.
U.S.- and foreign-based operators flying aircraft on a charter certificate but conducting private, non-revenue operations to Mexico have been given a reprieve from cabotage rules imposed in April by Mexico’s aviation agency, Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil. The new rules, which are effective retroactively to June 3, “clarify that operators with aircraft listed on a charter certificate are once again allowed to operate those same aircraft to Mexico as private, non-revenue flights,” according to NBAA.
Vilnius, Lithuania-based air charter firm KlasJet started operations this week after receiving its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Lithuanian CAA late last month. Its first charter trip was a three-hour flight to a Mediterranean resort. KlasJet launched its operations with a VIP-outfitted Bombardier CRJ200 and Challenger 850. It plans to operate up to 10 business jets. The carrier’s fleet is supported by Avia Solutions Group and its subsidiaries.
Resistant to grounding their Boeing 787-8s for a even a short time, several operators have indefinitely deferred addressing fixes to some of the airplanes’ last remaining glitches, presenting the manufacturer with an “issue” as it marches toward its target dispatch reliability rate of 99.6 percent.
In the four months since the March 8 disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, the consensus on what happened appears to have boiled down to one basic view, simply stated by International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general Tony Taylor at the association’s annual meeting in Doha, Qatar, on June 2. “The loss of MH370 continues to be on everybody’s mind. I have no idea what happened to that aircraft,” he said. “I don’t think anyone else has, either.”
Organizers of the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) are working fast to put together this year’s show, to be staged at São Paulo Congonhas Airport (August 12-14). Exhibit space sales opened on May 27, and the drawing to assign specific booth locations to exhibiting companies followed on June 10. Last year’s event drew 180 exhibitors, with 68 aircraft on static display.
Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours has received approval from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) to work on business aircraft registered in the State of Qatar. The MRO will provide a range of regular and line maintenance work on business jets originating from the Middle East. QCAA status enables the MRO to undertake continuing airworthiness and maintenance work on aircraft including all those under its Transport Canada Civil Aviation approval (the Bombardier Challenger and Global series and the Dassault Falcon series).