Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), the ranking minority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is no fan of aviation user fees. General aviation interests should be heartened because he is expected to become chairman of the committee that is responsible for FAA funding when the 110th Congress convenes early next month.
Competition, it is said, brings out the best–and worst–in companies.
Underwater Projects Group (UPG), part of the Singapore-based faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is developing an airdrop-capable underwater vehicle. The Trident Mk1 is said to be modular, allowing several kinds of payload to be accommodated. Either thrusters or water jets, both vectoring, power it.
NetJets Europe’s plan to take delivery of 30 new aircraft this year requires the addition of 130 to 140 pilots, said William Kelly, who just last month took over as CEO of NetJets Transportes Aereos (NTA), the operating arm of NetJets Europe. An accountant and lawyer, Kelly joined NetJets Europe in 2002 and worked as its CFO for the last three-and-a-half years.
Back in 2000, customers were not thrilled with Raytheon’s product-support performance, and neither was the airframer itself. Ed Dolanski was brought in from retail giant Wal-Mart and over the past six years he has made significant progress by pushing through new processes and technology.
General Michael Hagee, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, opened the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey press briefing at Farnborough this week with full praise for the big tilt-rotor, two of which are here in Farnborough–one on static display and one making demonstration flights.
Vector Flying Training Services, a joint company founded by Bombardier, KBR and URS to compete for a UK military training contract, has named Sir Malcolm Pledger as its new chairman. Pledger has nearly 40 years experience with the Royal Air Force, starting as a university cadet and ascending to commander in chief of the RAF Logistics Command.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Dallas Love Field, Memphis International and Milwaukee General Mitchell International as the newest “gateway” airports for allowing certain pre-cleared general aviation aircraft to fly directly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Oxford Aviation is planning to move its aircraft refurbishment business from Oxford County Regional Airport, Maine, to nearby Sanford Regional Airport, where it will open a 93,000-sq-ft building next spring. The 4,601-foot runway at Oxford County has limited refurbishments to aircraft the size of a Citation V or Beech King Air.
A new FAA policy will require Part 91, 121, 125 and 135 jet pilots never to land where available runway is not at least actual landing distance plus 15 percent. If conditions deteriorate en route, pilots will have to recalculate actual landing distance and the 15-percent safety margin. If the total is more than the available runway length, they will have to land elsewhere.