Bombardier has revamped its Skyjet International block charter program, unveiling the new Jet Member card at the Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai on January 31. The company claims the new terms and conditions make the program the most flexible block charter offering in the market today.
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Massachusetts-based Executive Charter Services (ECS), in a joint program with an organization that promotes alternative energy, is giving its passengers an option it says helps offset the carbon dioxide emissions from corporate jets. Depending on the type of jet chartered, passengers can opt to pay an additional $20 to $42 per hour, on top of the hourly charter rate.
JetDirect Aviation, a private jet services firm based in Berwyn, Pa., acquired Presidential Aviation, an aircraft management, charter and maintenance company with operations in Fort Lauderdale, New York and Los Angeles. JetDirect has been on an acquisition spree since last year.
Under the Transportation Security Administration’s new regulations permitting the resumption of general aviation operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), air-taxi aircraft with mtows of 12,500 pounds or less cannot qualify. However, Part 91 aircraft of this size can qualify. As an example, in comments sent to the TSA, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) cited a King Air 90 with an mtow of 9,650 pounds.
Part 135 operators and charter management entities will be affected by a proposed policy guidance involving wet leases.
New York-based charter broker Blue Star Jets and the DOT on Monday reached a compromise settlement regarding the company’s alleged regulatory violations in connection with the February crash of a Challenger at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Donald Burr recently left air-taxi hopeful Pogo to "pursue other opportunities," according to a company statement. Burr, founder of People Express, and Robert Crandall, controversial chief of American Airlines, were fierce competitors in the 1980s. The pair established Pogo in May 2004 to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network using hundreds of very light twinjets.
Wyvern Consulting has added specific scheduling and dispatch capabilities to its aviation safety consulting business. Through the upgrade, Wyvern will offer specific expertise in the following functional areas of charter or corporate flight departments:
The FAA has announced it will delay further the compliance date for a recent Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness (HBAW), affecting aircraft maintenance program requirements, to allow an existing industry working group to consider the issue.
Mercury Air Centers and TAG Aviation have joined to provide added travel services through Mercury’s FBO network. Mercury customers throughout the U.S. can now use a variety of ancillary services, including charter and management, through TAG Aviation. Mercury president John Enticknap said his FBOs often receive requests from customers for services outside the normal scope of the FBOs’ operations.