Demand for private charter flights looks set to rise this month, according to the demand index generated by online charter portal Avinode. The outlook is brightest for the European market.
AINalerts » March 6, 2014
Business aviation operators are lacking in safety management system (SMS) internal evaluation programs and safety training, according to the 2013 SMS Audit Result report released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. The report highlights recurring deficiencies found in SMS implementation and execution, it said.
“A view into the industry-wide aperture helps aviation operators focus their efforts on common deficiency areas cited by auditors,” Argus noted. “Operators can then use this information to improve their own SMS implementation and execution efforts.”
Garmin added several new features and optional equipment for G1000-equipped 200- and 300-series King Airs that minimize pilot workload, offer additional NextGen capabilities and provide a number of operational benefits. These new features are now available as a free software update for owners and operators of G1000-equipped King Airs.
BBA Aviation’s flight support division, consisting of international FBO chain Signature Flight Support and commercial aircraft handler ASIG, saw revenues last year climb by 4 percent over 2012, to $1.375 billion, or 62 percent of the parent company’s overall revenue, according to 2013 financial results released yesterday. At more than $968 million, Signature’s revenues accounted for 70 percent of that amount, a 2-percent increase over its 2012 performance.
NBAA joined a coalition of aviation groups this week in calling for the Senate to pass legislation that would require the FAA to get industry input before implementing mandatory testing of pilots and air traffic controllers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before receiving a medical certificate. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an identical bill on February 11 by voice vote.
Business aviation flights out of Ukraine saw a dramatic uptick in the third week of last month, apparently in response to the violent unrest in the country. According to Eurocontrol statistics tracked by online charter portal Avinode, there were 70 departures on February 19 and 137 on February 20–a day before ousted President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, Kiev. Average daily departures last year stood at 51 and the average so far in 2014 has been 41.
Sandel Avionics received multi-model STC approval from the FAA for its helicopter terrain awareness and warning system, HeliTaws. The approved model list (AML) STC for Part 27 and Part 29 helicopters allows models to be added progressively by updating the AML listing, provided similarity and differences are substantiated. Sandel’s ST3400H Part 27 AML-STC covers the Airbus Helicopters AS350 series, while the Part 29 approval is for Bell 412s. It is working on adding the Bell 206 and 212 series, as well as the Airbus Helicopters EC130.
Bell Helicopter secured orders and purchase commitments for 196 new helicopters from customers during Heli-Expo, which was held last week in Anaheim, Calif. This number includes more than 170 letters of intent for Bell’s circa-$1 million light single helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, that was formally unveiled at the show.
Dr. Assad Kotaite, the former council president to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), died on February 27 at age 89. Kotaite joined ICAO in 1953 as a member of the legal committee and served as Lebanon’s council representative from 1956 to 1962 and from 1965 to mid-1970. After serving as secretary general of ICAO for six years, Kotaite was named president of the Council of ICAO in August 1976. He served in that role until his retirement on July 31, 2006, after 53 years of service to the organization.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Argus have reached an agreement in principle to offer the charter and fractional ownership industry a single audit combining both the ACSF industry audit standard (IAS) and the Argus Platinum standard. Under the agreement, Argus will offer an IAS module as an add-on to its proprietary Platinum audit standard. Operators that successfully complete the audit performed against the Platinum standard, including the IAS module, will receive the Argus Platinum rating and be added to the ACSF registry.