Nineteen U.S. aviation organizations–including NBAA, NATA, AOPA and GAMA–sent a joint letter to President Obama yesterday urging him to “challenge the inclusion of international aviation under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) by initiating an Article 84 proceeding in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).” Invoking Article 84 allows the ICAO council to decide disputes that cannot be settled between member states.
AINalerts » September 18, 2012
The political momentum pushing for the European Union (EU) to abandon the unilateral imposition of its controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS) on non-European states increased last week, when four senior government ministers from France, Spain, Germany and the UK publicly called for the policy to be suspended or at least implemented more flexibly. The so-called “Airbus ministers,” representing the four partner nations in the Airbus consortium, made the announcement during a press conference at the ILA airshow in Berlin.
Universal Aviation opened its refurbished FBO at London Stansted Airport today. The 10,712-sq-ft facility now features crew and passenger lounges, as well as a business center with video-conferencing capability, two meeting rooms, flight-planning center, showers and changing rooms.
Inmarsat and OnAir have finalized a contract appointing OnAir as the initial aviation distribution partner for Global Xpress, a cabin communication system its developers describe as “the first global Ka-band network to provide in-flight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market.” OnAir currently uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband to provide the connectivity for Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir.
Fourteen European aerospace companies, including Eurocopter and Dassault, have signed a letter supporting the proposed “Clean Sky 2” Joint Technology Initiative (JTI). The seven-year, €3.6 billion ($4.8 billion) program is a follow-on to the current Clean Sky JTI funded by the EU and the industry.
Comlux America inaugurated its new bizliner completions facility at Indianapolis International Airport last week. The 129,000-sq-ft hangar and supporting back shops can simultaneously accommodate up to four single-aisle bizliners. According to Comlux, the facility carries EASA, FAA, Bermuda, GACA (Saudi Arabia) and Aruban Part 145 repair station approvals to support a global clientele.
The Learjet 60XR was featured in a recent episode of National Geographic Channel’s Megafactories TV series. In this episode, the assembly of businessman David Morgan’s $14 million Learjet 60XR is highlighted to tell the story of how each business jet is assembled at the Wichita plant, as well as how Bombardier Learjet has reinvented itself to optimize production. The film crew captured how the production line runs and the technical expertise and monumental logistics behind each aircraft.
ExecuJet Africa will open a new FBO at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 1, the company announced today. From this base, ExecuJet Africa plans to offer a comprehensive range of services, including business aircraft maintenance, FBO/handling, charter and management services. The 24-hour FBO will offer ground support equipment, a VIP lounge and crew areas.
An iPad app version of Cessna’s Citation Performance Calculator (CPCalc) is now available at the iTunes Store. The app is available for all current-production Citations, as well as many out-of-production Citations. CPCalc calculates takeoff and landing data and also helps determine engine-out performance. A PC version of the program is FAA approved, and Cessna is in the process of obtaining similar approval for the CPCalc iPad app.
Independent FBO network organization Paragon Aviation Group is launching Paragon Preferred, a program that will allow flight departments to receive customized fuel pricing from each participating Paragon network location. The program becomes operational on October 1, but customers can register now for Paragon Preferred. Customers can receive the preferred pricing data through the Paragon website, as an attached spreadsheet in a weekly email or via Fuelerlinx.