Treaties that aim to clear longstanding bureaucratic hurdles to the transfer of defense technology to Australia and the UK were sent to the U.S. Congress for ratification last month. Both countries have complained publicly about U.S. Defense and State Department procedures that inhibit industrial and military cooperation. A year ago, U.S. President George W.
German customs authorities have awarded Lufthansa Technik Logistik authorized economic operator (AEO) status in recognition of the company’s adherence to comprehensive security and safety guidelines laid down by the European Union.
Last month a Miami jury found Gernando Hernandez, a Cuban agent, guilty of conspiracy to murder in the 1996 shootdown of two unarmed, civilian airplanes flown by Cuban exiles. Hernandez and four others were also found guilty of separate offenses related to spying.
The IRMA relates to airplanes approved for a total of at least eight seats, helicopters with at least five seats and engines rated with a minimum of 1,750 pounds of thrust or 550 hp. The Treaty covers “international [that is, global] interests” in aircraft objects: rights arising under security, lease or title-retention agreements.
The CanPass general aviation border-crossing program resumes on April 2 at 176 airports in Canada. The program, which allows pre-screened travelers to clear customs quickly, was suspended immediately after September 11. The restored program will be available only for flights from the U.S. For more information, visit the Canada Customs Web site at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/.
Aerospace Concepts Inc. introduced charter flights in Japan, Asia and the Pacific Rim in a Gulfstream IV-SP and a GV managed and operated by ACI from its hangar and maintenance facilities in Guam. The Pacific island was chosen as the base of operations for Asia because of its close proximity to the market, excellent facilities and status as a U.S. territory, the company said.
AAR Landing Gear Services, a Malaysia-based joint venture between Illinois-based AAR and Airod of Malaysia, has selected Component Control’s Quantum Control aviation enterprise resource planning software as its MRO system.
Brothers to the Rescue has ceased operations. Since the early 1990s, the Miami-based Cuban-exile group had flown Cessna 337s and other light general aviation airplanes in search-and-rescue patrols off the coast of Cuba as thousands of Cubans fled the Communist island. In recent years, the group has drastically reduced its activities as Cubans sought modes of escape less dangerous than makeshift rafts and small boats.
A senior air force officer serving with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has challenged the defense industry to produce lighter and more capable equipment for troops calling in air strikes on Taleban positions.
Virgin Nigeria has signed for up to 24 Embraer E-Jets worth $811 million at current list prices and is trying to persuade the manufacturer to establish a regional maintenance center for the type in Lagos.