The U.S. aviation system would suffer a “devastating” hit if the process of automatic federal budget cuts known as “sequestration” takes effect in January, according to industry leaders. An Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) study released yesterday estimates that 132,000 aviation jobs would be lost in the first year as a result of sequestration, which requires $500 billion in federal non-defense spending cuts over the next decade.
AINalerts » August 14, 2012
The roller-coaster recovery continued for business aircraft flying activity last month in the U.S., managing a 0.6-percent year-over-year gain after sustaining a 1.3-percent loss in June, according to the latest TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus.
Part 91 flying still leads in operational category segment, posting a 3.9-percent increase last month versus a year ago. Meanwhile, Part 135 charter activity was down by 1.9 percent and fractional flying dropped by 6 percent last month, largely mirroring the segments’ results in June.
Embraer Executive Jets announced yesterday that the first part was milled last week for its Legacy 450, ushering in the start of the mid-light twinjet’s fabrication. The first part, an unspecified component of the forward fuselage, was milled from a block of aluminum alloy. Once completed, the part was approved by a quality control process that employed the use of laser devices for design validation with the digital mockup.
NetJets officially opened its new dedicated passenger terminal at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport on Thursday. Built on a Maguire Aviation leasehold in partnership with Maguire, the new 10,000-sq-ft facility is located on the east side of the airport, near the center and adjacent to Western Jet Aviation. Stevie’s Catering occupies 1,000 sq ft in the NetJets facility.
Charter/management provider TWC Aviation has launched two new guaranteed revenue programs for charter aircraft owners. The RevenueFlex program provides a guaranteed number of hours but still allows for flexibility so the owner can use the aircraft without blocking out times for it to be available for charter.
RevenueMax is for owners seeking the highest number of charter revenue hours. Under this program, the owner agrees to specific days that the airplane will be available for charter and agrees not to fly in the airplane during those times.
The FAA will not implement “Climb Via” procedures and phraseology, as well as Notice JO 7110.585 regarding speed adjustment, tomorrow as originally planned, according to NBAA Air Traffic Services. The agency “made a last-minute determination to cancel” the changes “due to concerns over adequacy of pilot and controller briefing material,” it said. “This means implementation will not occur tomorrow. The FAA will determine a revised implementation date and advise industry when that is known.” However, “Descend Via” procedures will remain in place.
Milestone Aviation Group announced today that it signed a contract to purchase 19 more Sikorsky S-92s. This order is in addition to three S-92s purchased by the aircraft lessor in February, with the first two helicopters scheduled for delivery later this year. In total, the 22-aircraft order is valued at $682 million.
Bombardier Flexjet launched an 11-city tour to showcase the Learjet 85, which will be the next aircraft type addition to its fractional fleet. Besides being able to view the Learjet 85 cabin mockup, attendees will also be able to test drive Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ghost autos and play a World Championship golf course in a Full Swing Golf simulator.
Universal Aviation opened a dedicated business aviation FBO at Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport late last week. Universal Aviation Bermuda features on-site customs and immigration, 130,000 sq ft of ramp parking, fully equipped lounges and conference rooms. In addition, all ground support employees are certified by the National Air Transportation Association’s Safety 1st professional line service training program, according to parent company Universal Weather & Aviation.
The FAA recently issued a legal opinion that allows Part 135 pilots to check tire pressure on all certified aircraft using Crane Aerospace & Electronics’ SmartStem wireless tire pressure monitoring system. According to Crane, there are currently no other products on the market that allow Part 135 pilots to check their own tires.