Some international business jet flights bound for three New York-area satellite airports were diverted to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to clear customs during the recent Orange-level security alert period.
Beginning in mid-February, Congress took a couple of weeks off and returned to business in early March. Nevertheless, there has been no slowdown in the introduction of bills and, at press time, there were 1,133 bills introduced in the House and 533 in the Senate. A number of bills that failed to make the grade in the 108th Congress were reintroduced with the expectation that some could be enacted into law this go-around.
Wilson Air Center’s new Charlotte, N.C. location is now open for business and fully operational. With the top-rated FBO in each of the last five AIN FBO Surveys (see page 20), Wilson was chosen by the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to manage the existing facility on the field (CLT).
SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIIB, SPOKANE VALLEY, WASH, NOV. 20, 2003–Swearingen Merlin IIIB N439AF, owned by Ameriflight of Burbank, Calif., was destroyed when it crashed into trees approximately one mile short of the runway on an ILS approach to Spokane Valley, Wash. in IMC conditions. The accident occurred at approximately 4:06 p.m. The flight was operated as Ameriflight AMF1996 and the pilot, who was alone, was killed.
Former Pentagon official Thomas Bloom has been named CFO of the FAA, overseeing the agency’s $14 billion operating budget, as well as the development and FAA-wide application of cost accounting and performance management policies and systems.
While general aviation interests hailed the tax law that extended the deadline for the 50-percent accelerated bonus-depreciation allowance for business aircraft, the law also contains a provision that severely limits expenses that a company may deduct when employees use an employer-provided aircraft for personal travel.
EMS operator Inova AirCare is doubling its fleet of aeromed helicopters this month in an effort to increase service to residents of Northern Virginia and the fast-growing Northern Neck area. It will also open a second base in the area.
Sleepy Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., might get much busier after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey purchases (for $78.5 million) the operating lease for the airport from National Express. The move is intended to relieve congestion at New York-area airports, which are also operated by the Port Authority, “and help us prepare for inevitable population and passenger growth,” said New York governor Eliot Spitzer.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Dannelly Field, Montgomery, Ala. The program, being developed under FAR Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected no later than August 27. Comments may be submitted until April 29. For more information, contact the FAA’s Kristi Ashley in Jackson, Miss.; telephone (601) 664-9891.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and former airline pilot Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) have re-introduced legislation to increase the mandatory retirement age of Part 121 airline pilots from 60 to 65. The two men believe the current regulation is outdated and changing it would save jobs and retain experienced pilots.