The deadline for commenting on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plan to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to some general aviation operations ended on September 19, with just over a dozen responses from the industry.
Raytheon Aircraft Services has introduced the Max Entertainment System upgrade for in-production Raytheon turbine airplanes, as well as legacy Hawkers. System options include satellite radio, DVD, flat-panel color monitors, wireless headsets, wireless remote control, moving-map displays and special speaker packages. Raytheon says a full-up system can be installed as a field-approved modification in “as little as nine days.”
Raytheon Premier I, Rockland, Maine, Sept. 14, 2005–The landing gear of the Premier I, registered to JIK, of Mission Lakes, Wilmington, Del., collapsed into the right wing during a hard landing at Rockland. No injuries were reported.
– Among the after-effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was a flood of Congressional bills to provide relief to the communities and people devastated by the storms. Cost estimates range up to $300 billion, and legislators showed passing concern about where the money would come from and the effect such funding would have on other government programs.
The Los Angeles area is not known for its friendliness to business aviation. High population densities and low tolerance for jet noise make it a challenge for anyone who wants to operate anywhere near the L.A. Basin. The airport department of the city of Victorville thinks it can help and sees attracting business aviation businesses as a good deal for the city.
Air Wisconsin Airlines plans to close its Appleton maintenance facility and move its 105 jobs to other facilities by next May. The decision follows Air Wisconsin’s loss of United Airlines flying from Outagamie County Regional Airport, its headquarters for the past 40 years.
In recent years the city of Waco–population 150,000–has quietly built a reputation as home to a number of prominent aviation and aerospace operations, and since the election of George W. Bush has been the Texas home to Air Force One.
In a letter sent last month to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Air Transportation Association and several other trade groups requested a six-month extension of the compliance deadline of the rules for amending fuel spill-prevention and control plans and an additional six months for final implementation of those plans. Current deadlines are February 17 and August 18 next year, respectively.
Four years after their contract became “amendable,” the unionized NetJets pilots may finally have a new work agreement. On October 8, the bargaining committee for pilots at Berkshire Hathaway-owned fractional provider NetJets reached a tentative agreement (TA) with the company.
“With this agreement a better future for the pilots and families can be assured,” noted NetJets master executive council (MEC) president Bill Olsen.
In what was hailed as a “giant first step” in reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation, a Hawker 1000 operated by New World Jet for Jet Aviation landed at dawn on October 18 after flying to the nation’s capital from Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey.