Evo Jet Services founder Chris Cartwright has confirmed that his 2008 conviction for alleged price fixing in U.S. government fuel contracts was overturned by the U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Sept. 28, 2011. Cartwright and his business partner Paul Wilkinson were arrested in January 2008, while running Far East Russia Aircraft Services (Feras).
The FAA is proposing a $777,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries for allegedly operating 32 Bombardier Dash-8-400 turboprops on 49,870 flights when the aircraft were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Horizon installed new external lighting systems but didn’t conduct required tests for radio frequency and electromagnetic interference before returning the aircraft to service. The FAA discovered the compliance problems during routine surveillance. Horizon immediately completed tests and inspections before further flights.
The National Labor Relations Board has formally dropped its unfair labor practices case against Boeing, a day after members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) ratified a new four-year contract with the company.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has resigned from the FAA in the wake of his arrest Saturday night in a northern Virginia suburb on a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
In a letter to DOT general counsel Robert Rivkin, NATA president and CEO James Coyne asked for federal intervention in a lawsuit filed by San Francisco-based Center for Environmental Health.
In a complaint filed on December 1 in the U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, Airbus claims that Aviation Partners “has stated repeatedly…that Airbus’s winglet falls within the claims of the [Aviation Partners winglet] patent, and that Airbus must therefore pay API a royalty for its allegedly infringing design.”
The news that FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday (December 3) raises some interesting questions.
An appeals court in Brazil found American journalist Joe Sharkey guilty yesterday of defamation for his reporting and commentary following the 2006 accident in which 154 died when a Brazilian airliner and a Legacy 600 business jet collided at 37,000 feet over the central Amazon. Sharkey, on assignment at the time for Business Jet Traveler (an AIN Publications magazine for users of business aviation) was one of seven on the Legacy 600 who survived the collision when the damaged business jet managed an emergency landing at a remote military airstrip in the jungle.
In last month’s issue of AIN, in Part 1 of the charter/fractional special report, we covered the current state of the charter and fractional share segments, both in the U.S. and worldwide.
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) will once again be the beneficiary of NBAA’s charity benefit dinner/dance, set for tomorrow in the Grand Ballroom of the Bellagio Hotel from 6 to 11 p.m. The organization arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients in available seats on corporate aircraft. The event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and a concert by the Beach Boys.