There is still a short time remaining to alert Congress about what NBAA calls “harmful” tax proposals in pending federal legislation.
To lift what NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association call “confusing” and “burdensome” requirements from FBOs and fuel companies, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) introduced the Aviation Fuel Tax Simplification Act. The act would temporarily suspend part of last year’s Transportation Equity Act, which requires all aviation jet fuel taxes to be deposited into the Highway Trust Fund.
An increase in the number and severity of runway incursions at three major airports has promoted an audit by the DOT inspector general (IG). During the period fiscal year 2005 through April, Boston Logan had 18 incidents (one severe), Chicago O’Hare had 12 incidents (three severe) and Philadelphia had 13 incidents (one involving a collision).
Operators using the new Rnav SID procedures at Dallas/Fort Worth and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airports can expect a visit from their principal operations inspectors (POIs). The FAA said implementation has been a “general success,” with benefits such as greater efficiency and reduced communications.
Executive Airlines of Barcelona, Spain, is the first company to join Skylliance, a new membership program for charter operators in Europe introduced by Swiss-based Jet Aviation. Executive Airlines will operate a CitationJet, Citation Bravo, Learjet 45 and Falcon 900 in the program. Member aircraft and crew uniforms will have special Skylliance markings and operators will be required to meet specific safety and service standards.
Excel-Jet’s four-seat, single-engine very light jet, the Sport-Jet, flew for the first time this past weekend from Colorado Springs Airport. According to company president and founder Bob Bornhofen, as of yesterday the Sport-Jet had logged nearly four hours.
Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss has dismissed the company’s long-discussed “Quiet Supersonic Jet” (QSJ). At a press conference at EBACE earlier this month, he asked, “Will Gulfstream build a supersonic business jet? Read my lips: No!” He said the company is devoting its research efforts in this field to two issues: rule changes that would allow supersonic flight over land and sonic-boom suppression.
An NTSB preliminary report posted yesterday provides details on a May 4 incident involving a Hawker 800A that went of control and lost more than 10,000 feet before recovering. N71MT, owned and operated by Raytheon Aircraft, was on a maintenance test flight and the crew was setting up for a stall series at 17,000 feet near Lincoln, Neb.
The FAA has been working for years to revise Part 121 and 135 flight time, duty and rest rules, but it’s still not close to issuing new proposals or final rules. Meanwhile, confusion persists over interpretation of certain aspects of the rules that pertain to Part 135 on-demand operations. Recently, the agency received several requests for an interpretation of FAR 135.263(d) and 135.267(b), (d) and (e).
If Berkshire Hathaway’s first-quarter results are any indication, its NetJets subsidiary will record a profit this year, which would be a reversal from $80 million in losses incurred by the fractional aircraft provider last year.