Vision Technologies Aerospace has terminated its asset purchase agreement with Pemco World Air Services, as reported in AIN in June. VT Aerospace intended to acquire Pemco’s Tampa aerospace facility and other assets. The decision to terminate the agreement was made after the seller could not fulfill certain conditions before the closing deadline.
The FAA extended until August 17 the comment period for its proposed policy regarding the registration of aircraft to U.S. citizen trustees in situations involving non-U.S. citizen trustors and beneficiaries. As part of its review of non-citizen trusts, the FAA published its proposed policy clarification on February 9 on use of non-citizen trusts to register aircraft in the U.S. The FAA also held a public hearing on this subject on June 6 and has now publicly released a slide presentation it made at that meeting. Comments can be sent to email@example.com.
Judge Patrick Brady of the Massachusetts Superior Court in Norfolk County last month denied the arguments in a lawsuit by Boston Air Charter (BAC) challenging the rulings made by the town of Norwood and its airport commission.
The FAA has been busy with proposed penalties for alleged maintenance violations. Two civil penalties were proposed for Delta Air Lines. The first case was for alleged failure to repair a chip on the radome of a Boeing 737. According to the FAA, Delta operated the 737 for 20 flights after an FAA inspector reported the chip damage while conducting a preflight inspection on Feb. 25, 2010. The FAA is proposing a $687,500 penalty.
The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $185,750 against Kingfisher Air Services Air Safari of San Juan, P.R., for allegedly violating FARs when operating a Cessna 208B on 44 flights between June 2 and June 11, 2010.
In response to an informal complaint from MSI Aviation–a maintenance service provider at Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland Airport in Somerset–over the lease terms offered to another limited FBO, the FAA has sent a letter to the airport’s board, warning it that it is in violation of the administration’s airport improvement program (AIP) grants. Under the provisions of the AIP grants program, the incentives the airport gave to Somerset Regional Aviation did not result in its getting fair market value for the lease as stipulated by the agreement.
Jonathon Vondracek, a commercial pilot and CFI, pled guilty on June 12 in U.S. District Court, Tampa, Fla., to falsifying his FAA airman medical application.
Greenwich AeroGroup has named Ralph Kunz as general manager of Summit Aviation. Kunz has more than 20 years experience in aerospace operations. He will be responsible for operations at Summit’s Middletown, Del., and Somerset, Ky. facilities. Kunz most recently served as vice president of operations for Airborne Tactical Advantage. Previously he held senior leadership positions with Keystone/Sikorsky Helicopters, Vector Aerospace and Parker Hannifin.
The FAA has just released a greatly expanded version of the original Pilot Record Improvement Act advisory circular (AC 120-68F) to address more operational situations employers might encounter related to a new-hire pilot’s professional certifications, safety record and possible law-enforcement actions.
A legal case that could hold serious ramifications for the aircraft financing and leasing industry met its end with a blow against the lenders when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal.