You’ve probably never given it much thought, but recording and updating those ATIS voice messages is a royal pain in the neck for controllers. Arinc last month unveiled a new product package that the company said makes digital ATIS service cost effective for smaller airfields frequented by business aircraft.
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Delta AirElite Business Jets will extend the benefits of Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Platinum Medallion frequent-flier status to “founding members” enrolling before October 1 in its block-charter program.
Arinc Direct, the recently formed business aviation unit of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc, announced it is teaming with Shadin and AeroMech to offer a package of RVSM avionics and approval documentation for 500-series Citations. The avionics include a Shadin instrument cluster designed for the Citation, an Arinc installation kit and the STCs needed to bring 500-series Citation airframes into compliance with RVSM rules.
Ask an airline executive to rank the most frustrating aspects of his job, and labor relations will more often than not top the list, particularly at a time of massive layoffs and salary reductions. Of course, some airlines experience more success than others in maintaining relatively positive relationships with their employees.
Air Wisconsin, a UAL United Express partner, has expressed some confusion with regard to a request by United Airlines to its partners that they submit bids for 70-seat regional jet service within the United Express system.
United Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SkyWest Airlines to operate select portions of the company’s United Express service. The MOU, announced June 10, signals an 11-year relationship that includes a new rate structure and allows for more airplanes to be added to the United Express fleet. It also calls for SkyWest to operate a total of 140 aircraft.
Regional carriers Comair, Republic and Trans States last month announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs. Some of the biggest cuts will come from Cincinnati-based Comair, which expects to cut 300 pilot jobs and 220 flight attendant positions as the airline moves forward with plans to remove 15 percent of its flying capacity starting next month.
There is no short-term fix for the high price of oil, concluded panelists at the Air Service Energy Summit, held on July 10 in Washington, D.C.
United Airlines last month asked a judge overseeing its bankruptcy case for permission to end the code-sharing and marketing agreement with regional carrier Great Lakes Aviation. According to a UAL spokesman, the request is “essentially procedural” and does not mean UAL rejects out of hand Great Lakes as a code-sharing and marketing partner.
One of Northrop Grumman’s growing family of mine countermeasures has advanced to the flight-trial phase. The company installed the airborne surveillance, target acquisition and minefield detection system (ASTAMIDS) in a modified UH-1H Huey for its first flight, at Melbourne, Florida, on April 30, with the aim of achieving low-rate initial production next year.