Legislation has been introduced that would exempt foreign-national commercial pilots from the current 45-day background check requirement to obtain flight training in the U.S. The bill, introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would also require all foreign initial student pilots to comply with the background checks before starting training in the U.S., regardless of the size of aircraft involved.
Oracle software chief Larry Ellison can fly his Gulfstream V into and out of San Jose (Calif.) International Airport (SJC) at any time, according to a ruling handed down this summer by a U.S. District Court. Ellison had been cited by the city of San Jose for violating a curfew at the airport, which bars operations of aircraft over 75,000 lb mtow between 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
The FAA now expects to publish the final rule on FAR Part 91 Subpart K by the end of this year, with implementation to follow in late 2003. The subpart will regulate fractional ownership operations and make some modifications to Part 135.
By mid-June the national wildfire situation was speeding past all-time record proportions in nearly every category. According to a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, the total acreage burned so far this year is nearly double the 10-year annual average (861,786 acres) at 1,546,742 acres. “This is the driest much of the West, especially Colorado, has been in the last 50 years,” she said.
As he promised in March, Under Secretary of Transportation Security John Magaw is considering applications for a director of general aviation security.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicholas Sarkozy reached some significant–though little noticed–defense arrangements when they met in London late last month. The two countries agreed to seek a single joint contract for the in-service support of the Airbus A400M airlifters that both have ordered. If achieved, this will be the first such arrangement ever concluded.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena (Calif.) airport authority met on March 17 to deliver a presentation on its application for a mandatory nighttime curfew at Bob Hope Airport, which would extend from 10 p.m. to 6:59 a.m., according to NBAA. After the presentation, an airport authority subcommittee will likely recommend that the airport commissioners adopt the curfew, said the association.
Ac-U-Kwik has published the guide for flight plan application and approval for China Olympic Games flights from July 1 through September 30 at http://acukwikalert.com/ industry-news/china-olympics.
• Following the recess for the year-end holiday season, the 110th Congress apparently was in no rush to resume work on leftover legislation and to prepare for new business. The House of Representatives returned on January 15, while the Senate indulged in “pro forma” or “hello and goodbye” sessions until January 22.
The air transport industry’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia and Singapore’s aerospace industry is poised to reap the benefit, the country’s prime minister said here yesterday before officially opening the show.