Remarkably, the two pilots and three passengers on a NetJets Hawker 800XP (N879QS) and the pilot of a Schleicher sailplane escaped serious injury when the two aircraft collided at about 16,000 feet yesterday afternoon near Carson City, Nev. The pilot of the glider bailed out and landed safely, while the jet made a gear-up landing at Carson City Airport.
Port Columbus International Airport
Scara, a French association of leisure and executive air charter operators, is urging CRPN, the French crew retirement fund that collects contributions from all French-employed pilots, to file a lawsuit against fractional operator NetJets Europe for allegedly violating French labor laws.
Assuming the next six months or so do not see a deterioration in trading conditions, the NetJets Europe fractional-ownership program should finally achieve an operating profit in the second half of this year.
Last month, the Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (ASAP)–the union representing NetJets pilots– began its “informational picketing,” a campaign that includes this billboard near Teterboro Airport, N.J. The billboard notes that the pilots and NetJets management have been in negotiations for about three-and-a-half years, and suggests that a strike is possible after June 24.
Contract talks between NetJets management and pilots broke down once again on September 12, three days shy of a scheduled 30-day marathon bargaining session. The pilots’ union negotiation committee said it walked out of the talks “because the company has continuously failed to respond to the union’s position regarding the pilot group’s bargaining thresholds,” namely salary expectations.
Four years after their contract became “amendable,” the unionized NetJets pilots may finally have a new work agreement. On October 8, the bargaining committee for pilots at Berkshire Hathaway-owned fractional provider NetJets reached a tentative agreement (TA) with the company.
“With this agreement a better future for the pilots and families can be assured,” noted NetJets master executive council (MEC) president Bill Olsen.
Raytheon Beech King Air A90, Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 17, 2004–The pilot of Eclipse Enterprises King Air N45TT took off from Ferguson Airport, Pensacola, Fla., to refuel at Jack Edwards Airport, Gulf Shores, Ala. But seconds after the airplane rotated, the right engine quit because of fuel exhaustion. The airplane drifted right, and the pilot applied full left rudder and lowered the left wing to correct.
Looking for a new Midwest gateway airport into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)? Look no further than Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. As of August 24, Port Columbus is a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) gateway, a designation that allows certain general aviation operations, including corporate and on-demand charter, to fly directly from Port Columbus to Washington National.
It appears that the informational picketing by NetJets pilots, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, is having the desired effect of putting pressure on company management to hammer out a new contract with the pilot workforce. On May 27 the pilots conducted simultaneous informational picketing sessions at Teterboro Airport, N.J., and West Palm Beach Airport, Fla.
Ross Aviation and Centre Partners finalized their acquisition of Scottsdale AirCenter last month. The purchase represents Ross Aviation’s second FBO investment since its formation in December. Scottsdale began operations in 2003 and has been rated among the top five in the past two years’ AIN FBO surveys.