The FAA has begun initial deployment of a new time-based flow management (TBFM) system that the agency says will optimize the flow of aircraft into busy airspace. TBFM, which was recently installed in all 20 en route air traffic control centers, supersedes the three-year-old traffic management advisor “as a time-based scheduling tool that meters aircraft through all phases of flight to deliver the correct number of aircraft to airspace sectors and down to the runway at the exact pace at which the aircraft can be accommodated.”
AINalerts » August 22, 2013
On Tuesday, the judge overseeing the Avantair bankruptcy case approved a motion for trustee Beth Ann Scharrer to begin examinations of Avantair CEO Steve Santo, CFO Bret Holmes, president David Haslett, associate general counsel Tom Palmiero, executive vice president Kevin McKamey and executive vice president of finance and operations Stephen Wagman “to obtain any and all documents in [their] possession related to the assets, liabilities and business operations of [Avantair].”
Mark Baker, a long-time general aviation pilot and former executive at Home Depot and Scotts Miracle Gro, was named AOPA president and CEO on Tuesday, succeeding Craig Fuller. Baker, who officially takes the reins of the association on September 6, will be the fifth AOPA president since the organization was founded nearly 75 years ago.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has announced plans for a regional forum to be held in Istanbul on October 10 and 11. In recent years, the country has seen growing business aviation activity, partly spurred by the fact that with 4 percent annual growth in gross domestic product its economy is doing significantly better than that of many other European countries.
Bedford, Mass.-based Rectrix Aviation began construction of a 26,000-sq-ft FBO at Worcester Regional Airport in Central Massachusetts on Tuesday. The $5 million facility will provide hangar space for maintenance and storage, and a customer terminal and conference center. Rectrix is currently providing FBO services at the field from the airport’s original main terminal until the new FBO is completed by the end of next year.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will speak at the opening general session of the 2013 NBAA Convention on October 22 in Las Vegas, the association announced yesterday. “We are pleased to welcome Administrator Huerta to our 2013 convention, and we look forward to hearing his thoughts and perspectives on the issues of greatest concern to the industry,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Aircraft charter and management firm Talon Air added four new Hawker 4000s to its Part 135 certificate this week. The super-midsize jets are based at Talon’s new 100,000-sq-ft hangar and office complex at New York’s Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Long Island. With nine Hawker 4000s on its charter certificate–nearly one-fifth of the in-service fleet of this type–Talon remains the largest owner and operator of these twinjets in the world.
FBO operator Saker Aviation Services filed a lawsuit against its landlords at Wilkes-Barre Scranton (Pa.) International Airport, claiming contract violation when the airport board failed to renew its lease and awarded a 15-year lease on the property to Aviation Technologies. According to Saker, the airport awarded the contract to Aviation Technologies without Saker’s ever being informed of the specifics of the competing offer or being given the opportunity to match it, which it says is required under the contract terms.
Jet Aviation’s Basel, Switzerland location signed a completion contract for a private Airbus A340-600 long-range widebody. Work on the green Airbus will start in next year’s first quarter. The A340’s cabin will be configured with dining and lounge areas, two bedroom suites with adjoining bathrooms, office and executive seating areas, as well as high-density aft seating. Jet Aviation completed and delivered two private A340s last year.
The U.S. Customs office at Fargo (N.D.) Hector International Airport has moved to the north general aviation ramp into a new facility adjacent to Fargo Jet Center. Before the move, crews and passengers flying in from airports outside of the U.S. had to clear customs at a facility more than a mile from the FBO, the airport said. Now located just 100 yards from the Fargo Jet Center, the new 3,603-sq-ft customs office allows passengers and crews clearing customs and immigration to have easier access to the FBO facilities. Customs is open 24/7 in Fargo.
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