The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in October will remove its non-U.S. flight information publications and digital aeronautical flight information file from public access. The plan, however, will not affect charts for the U.S., Caribbean and South America or Pacific, Australia and Antarctica in areas considered part of the U.S. Flight Information Region, for which NGA will distribute charts until October 2007.
The latest addition to the SheltAir FBO chain is up and running at San Juan (Puerto Rico) Isla Grande Executive Airport (TJIG). Headed by general manager Jamai Hensel, the staff of SheltAir San Juan provides 24-hour service just minutes’ drive from the city’s hotels, casinos, cruise ports, arenas and beaches. Among the attractions are the city’s opera house, the fine-arts district, a brand-new convention center and Old San Juan section.
Investigators last month had yet to determine the cause of a December 26 fire that destroyed Frontier Flying Service’s hangar at Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, Alaska. The blaze didn’t damage any airplanes and no one was injured, but the airline lost its two-story building and various ground-support equipment. At press time, insurance adjusters hadn’t finished calculating the dollar value of the damage.
Eurocopter test pilot Didier Delsalle (center) and president and CEO Fabrice Brégier (right) accepted the world record verification from Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) representative Jacques Escaffe (left) for landing the first helicopter on top of Mount Everest (elevation 29,035 feet). Delsalle performed the feat last May in a production Eurocopter AS 350B3 AStar.
European scheduled business aircraft service Club Airways International is providing a daily round-trip connection between the Swiss cities of Geneva and Basel to allow executives from the luxury goods industry to attend two key trade shows next month. The temporary service will operate during the BaselWorld jewelry exhibition (March 30 through April 6) and the SIHH watch show in Geneva (April 3 through 9).
Houston-based flight services group Universal Weather and Aviation selected SkyCare International as its preferred handler for New Zealand and the Southwestern Pacific. SkyCare provides FBO services throughout New Zealand, using agents at most airports and with its own dedicated facilities in Auckland and Wellington.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Arecuna, Venezuela, March 5, 2006–A Venezuelan-registered Caravan, YV-1149C, crashed during a forced landing after reportedly losing power. The airplane was owned and operated as an air taxi by Servicios Aeronauticos Sucre. The pilot and copilot were seriously injured, but the 11 passengers were not injured. The flight originated at Polamar, destined for Canaima.
Gulfstream’s Long Beach, Calif., business-jet completions and product support site is now ISO 14001- and OHSAS 18001-compliant. ISO 14001 is earned by companies that are in compliance with international regulatory standards and demonstrate an established and uniform approach to managing their environmental policies and procedures.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added a second field service representative (FSR) in Hong Kong and a second FSR in Singapore to support its growing Asia-Pacific fleet. It has also positioned a specialized PlaneView cockpit technician in Hong Kong as well as a maintenance technician Metro Jet’s Hong Kong facility to assist transient operators.
Spanish operator Helisureste has taken delivery of an Agusta- Westland 139. The new helicopter will be used on the company’s scheduled service flying between Malaga and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on the north African coast.