Seven months after the International Registry of Mobile Assets (IRMA) became effective, the controversial Web-based registry–known colloquially as the Cape Town Treaty–still has few fans and continues to create much confusion among business aviation users.
British authorities are expected to decide by mid-February how and when to apply new operating rules to business aircraft registered in the UK’s overseas territories. These new rules will likely be based on the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) drawn up and administered by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
At the EBACE gathering in Geneva earlier this year, the joint industry working group on business aircraft operations (IWG-BAO), which includes NBAA, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), presented the initial findings of its work on corporate, fractional and commercial operations, with a view toward making a recommendation to the ECAC Task Force on fractional ownership.
Eurocontrol and other aviation stakeholders across Europe have agreed on the outline of a plan to address ATC communications safety issues. These include callsign confusion, undetected simultaneous transmissions, radio interference, lack of standard phraseology and prolonged loss of communication. Authorities expect to implement the action plan early next year.
In an attempt to limit their insurable losses and reduce premiums, some FBOs continue to ask transient pilots to sign hold-harmless forms. Some go so far as to inform the pilot that they cannot perform the service unless pilots sign the form or that they must charge a higher price for services. Pilots and aircraft owners have protested the practice.
Starting February 1, owners and operators of aircraft with “questionable registrations and/or no TSA-required security measures/waivers” might be denied access to the National Airspace System.
Starting February 1, owners and operators of aircraft with “questionable registrations and/or no TSA required security measures/ waivers” might be denied access to the National Airspace System (NAS).
Airservices Australia CEO Greg Russell made the trip to Maastricht to sign a partnership agreement with Francesco Violante, his counterpart at datalink service provider SITA, that will see the two organizations jointly support a trial in Indonesian airspace of an ADS-B network that could be a prelude to a proposed southeast Asia-wide surveillance net.
For hundreds and maybe thousands of years, countries have sought to protect the transport trade within their borders from what they perceive as unfair competition from foreign carriers. They call this competition cabotage, and most countries have passed laws to prohibit it.
The popular but, some would say, odd pastime of planespotting has recruited new high-tech help, a “virtual radar” hooked to a personal computer that allows spotters to decode transponder signals and track aircraft in real time.
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