Last month’s announcement that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is being permitted to resume its pre-September 11 airline schedule on April 15 underscored the fact that Part 91 and Part 135 on-demand operators are still on the outside looking in, despite efforts by NBAA and others seeking access to the downtown airport.
Aviation International News » April 2002
At its Saint-Cloud headquarters near Paris, Dassault began presenting its 2001 results with military precision at 9 a.m. sharp on March 6. This was almost ironic as the manufacturer, still famous for its Mirage and Rafale fighters, confirmed its main business is now Falcon business jets, which accounted for 76 percent of last year’s revenues.
NBAA has completed an online Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) submission service to allow Part 135 operators to comply with new requirements to electronically transmit passenger and crew manifests to U.S. Customs before arriving in the U.S.
The number of runway incursions in the first two months of this year dropped more than 50 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the FAA. Agency statistics show that in January and February there were 31 incursions (14 and 17, respectively) vs 57 (24 and 33, respectively) in the first two months of last year.
“We’ve had some very positive response from the marketplace,” a Honeywell spokesman said, but the company and partner Garrett Aviation Services have failed to obtain the minimum number of orders needed to launch a Hawker 700 engine upgrade program. Last spring the companies announced a program to install a new high-pressure-ratio fan and a new TFE731-5 hot section, creating a TFE731-4.
Tastefully Yours, a business aviation caterer headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, opened a kitchen at the city’s DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The 1,026-sq-ft facility’s staff of seven includes four chefs, said company CEO Paula Kraft. The new Tastefully Yours is located in the Signature hangar and is managed by Kraft’s eldest daughter and company president Amanda Kraft.
The authority for Naples Airport in Florida implemented a ban on Stage 2 aircraft starting last month, although operators may be able to obtain temporary waivers from the restriction for up to six months. Implementation of the ban was cleared last year when the U.S. District Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
The FAA is reviewing proposed noise compatibility programs for Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, N.M., and Lake Charles Regional Airport in Louisiana. The programs, being formulated separately under Part 150, are scheduled to be approved or disapproved no later than August 5. For more information, contact the FAA in Fort Worth, Texas, at (817) 222-5640 or 222-5645.
Australia-based Skytraders has been selected to fly between Australia and Antarctica and for internal Antarctic flights, starting late next year, for the Australian government’s Antarctic division.
Civil operations at Singapore Seletar Airport could be severely curtailed and business jet operations forced away altogether if several proposed initiatives are implemented by the local authorities. Most pressing is the imposition on the first of this month of Stage 3 noise restrictions, with no waivers for noncompliant aircraft, but other plans could limit operations even more.