Austrian politician Jörg Leichtfried cut the ceremonial ribbon for the official opening of EBACE yesterday, and industry leaders speculated, with good reason, that the event could mark the start of a gradual economic recovery after two years of severe difficulties.
Transport Canada plans to take back the business aviation operating certification and oversight functions it had transferred to the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) in 2005. The change, which John Baird, Canada’s Minister of Transport, announced on March 16, is expected to take effect on April 1 next year.
Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region facing the prospect of a slow return to profitability during 2010 might have taken some encouragement from better-than-expected results for the third quarter of the current financial year announced by Singapore Airlines (SIA) on February 4.
Making good on testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee in December, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to back off from tougher security rules for general aviation that were first proposed in October 2008.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a joint agreement to join the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (Aspire). To mark the occasion they have conducted “the world’s first multi-sector green flight” on an SIA’s flight SQ11 from Los Angeles to Singapore via Tokyo, with the Boeing 747-400 arriving in Singapore in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Reed Exhibitions launched Asian Business Aviation (ABA) as a new trade show that will be held for the first time in the Chinese city of Macau from June 9 to 11. The event will be hosted by the Macau Business Aviation Centre (MBAC) at Macau International Airport and will include indoor booths and an aircraft static display.
The proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), the target of controversy and ridicule since it was announced more than a year ago, will undergo more massaging before it is released as a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) “before the end of 2010.”
Two-term Arizona governor Janet Napolitano became the third secretary of Homeland Security last January 21, replacing Michael Chertoff as head of the massive agency. With more than 200,000 employees, including the Transportation Security Administration, the DHS is the third largest of the Cabinet departments.
While the business aviation community may have been hoping that the Transportation Security Administration’s controversial Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) would go away, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified last month that the TSA plans to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) “before the end of 2010.”