The FAA suspended AMI Jet Charter’s Part 135 certificate yesterday on an emergency basis, citing many problems with the Burlingame, Calif. charter firm’s operational control of its charter flights. AMI Jet Charter is partially owned by TAG Aviation USA, which brokers charters to AMI Jet Charter and other charter operators on behalf of its management customers.
Bob Checchio, president of the MidAtlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC)–sponsor of the New Jersey Aviation Conference held last month in cooperation with the New Jersey Aviation Association and the New Jersey Division of Aeronautics–outlined the many problems airports face, which makes the progress that has been made in preserving airports all the more noteworthy.
The task force established by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) to deal with the issue of regulating fractional ownership expects to issue new proposals by next month. The task force has indicated that it is working toward “an accommodation” with the FAA, but has warned that European rules will not necessarily “mirror” the FAA’s Part 91 Subpart K regime.
An aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) that includes five representatives from the regional airline industry has submitted the final draft of a proposal to the FAA to revise the nine-year-old guidance for weight-and-balance procedures.
Iridium Satellite LLC, the company that has emerged from the bankruptcy of the Motorola-led satellite communications consortium, last month submitted a proposal to the FAA outlining its idea for continuous, real-time broadcast of cockpit voice and flight data through its constellation of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites.
Operator attendance at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) annual assembly in Athens last month was down about a third, as carriers reassessed fleet strategies under their “worst-ever trading conditions” following the U.S. terrorism attacks and an earlier economic downturn.
RAA director of technical affairs Dave Lotterer knows perhaps as well as anyone that good intentions at the FAA don’t necessarily translate into sound action. So when the agency pledged to pursue more vigorously a “performance-based” approach to safety oversight, Lotterer met the promise of a simpler, more straightforward code of regulations with a healthy dose of skepticism.
For the first couple of months this year, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey has been the most peripatetic agency head in recent years, making extended trips to the Far East and most recently to South America.
Still unclear at press time was how Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 91 will affect general aviation, particularly business aircraft and private aircraft with mtows exceeding 12,500 lb.
Byerly Aviation of Springfield, Ill., and Keystone Helicopter of West Chester, Pa., have both received the FAA’s prestigious Diamond Award of Excellence for participation in the maintenance technician awards program last year. The award is recognition for aviation companies that lead the industry in measurable commitment to training. The program is designed to ensure higher levels of training and knowledge for maintenance technicians.