The FAA extended to November 16 the comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to regulate fractional aircraft ownership operations. Just before the original comment period was about to close on October 16, NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association requested a 30-day extension.
Concerned with the FAA’s recent history of cost and schedule overruns in acquiring equipment to update ATC, as well as shortfalls in that equipment’s performance, DOT’s inspector general (IG) is auditing the agency. The objective of the IG’s investigation is to ensure that Congress and the agency are able to meet the growing demand for air traffic services and get the most bang for the taxpayers’ buck.
Citing the effects of September 11 on their associations’ priorities and members, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association have decided not to pursue their appeals of the Naples Airport noise decision. That decision, by a U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, Fla., held that a ban on the operation of Stage 2 bizjets at Naples does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
Bahama Bay Resort had no sooner announced the opening of its heliport for public use when it had to close because of damage from Hurricane Frances. Located in West End, Grand Bahama, on the north jetty of the marina at Old Bahama Bay, the helipad’s normal operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. U.S. customs and immigration clearance fees are about $100.
Sikorsky Aircraft last month recognized Keystone Helicopter
for its achievement in completing and delivering the 50th S-76C+ helicopter. The aircraft is earmarked for delivery to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Keystone, in Coatsville, Pa., has been the principal completion center for the S-76C+ since 2000.
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration David Stone and Washington journalist Fred Barnes will be the featured opening general session keynote speakers for the NBAA Convention, October 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Stone had served as acting administrator of the TSA since December 4 last year and had been deputy chief of staff at TSA since August last year.
By the middle of last month, as the Bush Administration was cautiously lifting many of the September 11-inspired airspace restrictions, NBAA and other general aviation organizations continued to work for Part 91 IFR operations within the New York and Washington temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas, including Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Israel Aircraft Industries has contracted Forecast International of Newtown, Conn., to help define the future market for its proposed six- to eight-place, twin-turbine Avocet/IAI ProJet. The 20-question survey asked NBAA members to comment on the viability of the very light jet market and to rate the performance and price goals of the ProJet.
Addressing what it sees as a gap between its popular Challenger 604 and ultra-long-range Global Express business jets, Bombardier unveiled late last month in Montreal the Global 5000, the twelfth new or derivative airplane the Canadian business and regional aircraft manufacturer has introduced over the last nine years.
Before September 11, insurance occupied no more than an afterthought in the minds of most in the aviation industry. For years, premiums had remained relatively stable, even reasonable, and standards of coverage conformed to the level of threat, perceived as minimal. In the years ahead, the aviation industry will look back at those as “the good old days.”