The Known Crewmember Program (KCM) has officially been expanded to include Part 135 and 125 charter pilots, with yesterday’s first nonscheduled airline use of this program at Washington Dulles International Airport. KCM is a risk-based screening system that enables TSA officers to verify the identity and employment status of flight crewmembers.
Landmark Aviation at Oakland International Airport received Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) approval. As such, the FBO can serve as a gateway for authorized DASSP operators wishing to fly directly into Washington National. Fewer than 30 FBOs in the U.S. have this approval, according to Landmark Aviation.
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS) received TSA approval to fly passengers directly from its Pier 7 Heliport in Baltimore to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). This makes Pier 7 the first heliport in the U.S. to receive such approval as a gateway airport under the TSA’s Fixed Base Operator Standard Security Program, allowing pre-cleared helicopters to land at the heliport and be screened for access to DCA.
The Solar Impulse completed its coast-to-coast U.S. tour on Saturday when it landed at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. The electrically powered aircraft flew the 267-mile final leg from Washington’s Dulles International Airport in little more than 18 hours. The tour, which kicked off at the beginning of May, represents the last flights for the aircraft. It will be replaced by a more capable version that will attempt a global circumnavigation in 2015.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reached a new record when inspectors at U.S. airports confiscated 65 guns in one seven-day period ending May 24. That number represents a 30-percent increase over the agency’s previous record of 50 in a week.
The Washington Dulles Airport Runway Action Safety Team is inviting potential new members to attend its next meeting, to be held on May 23 at 1 p.m. in Terminal B’s In-Transit lounge. Airport tenants, FBO employees, pilots and airport operations and maintenance personnel are invited to help develop new procedures to enhance airside surface safety. The FAA’s Rick Pope would appreciate an RSVP.
Signature Flight Support celebrated the launch of its sixth Signature TechnicAir at Washington Dulles International Airport early this month, at the same time announcing the facility’s certification as an Embraer authorized service center. TechnicAir Dulles will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the full line of Embraer business jets.
Signature Flight Support launched its sixth Signature TechnicAir yesterday, at Washington Dulles International Airport, and announced the certification of its newest facility as an Embraer authorized service center for the full line of Embraer business jets. Signature Flight Support recently purchased the assets of Sun Aircraft Services, which was a long-term MRO provider and tenant at Signature’s Dulles location before the acquisition.
The wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 recently established four city-pair speed records in five days, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. “The G650, which entered service just over two months ago, is redefining what business jet operators can expect from their aircraft,” said company president Larry Flynn.
The G650’s most recent city-pair record came on January 28 on a flight from Moscow Vnukovo Airport to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. It flew the 4,774-nm route in 9 hours 33 minutes, with an average speed of 574 mph.
Washington, D.C., area aircraft charter and management provider Projet Aviation is now the sole FBO operator at Leesburg Executive Airport following its purchase of the Landmark Aviation facility, which had served the airport since 2005. Projet, which operated a rival FBO on the north side of the airport since 2010, has moved its main operations to the former Landmark terminal. With the purchase, the company has tripled its hangar and office space at the airport to 75,000 sq ft.
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