It was premeditated mass murder, almost flawlessly executed, and civil aircraft were the weapons of choice. A civil airplane was also the battlefield for the first retaliatory strike, when the passengers of a United 757 most likely aimed at a Washington landmark took matters into their own hands and fought back, causing the Boeing to fall short of its intended target.
Aviation International News » December 2001
In the months since September 11, the insurance industry has taken a beating. Some estimates–and they are still just estimates–put the total losses in excess of $100 billion.
Within days of the terrorist attacks, it was apparent that efforts by insurers to cope with the disaster would translate to higher costs and changes in coverage limits. So far, this is being proved out.
You roll up to an FBO in a multi-million-dollar business jet, and they roll out the red carpet. Your passengers disembark and you stroll into the office. There, the smiling customer service representative hands you a document. “It’s just our standard hold-harmless agreement,” she says. “We need your signature.”
With apologies to Mark Twain, recent rumors of the impending demise of the Be-A-Pilot program have been greatly exaggerated.
FAREWELL TO GUESTS UP FRONT–Jumpseat rides on non-U.S. airlines are one of the many casualties of recent events. It wasn’t just September 11, either.
Bombardier Aerospace has promoted Peter Edwards to president of its business aircraft unit. Edwards, who has served in other executive positions in the business aircraft unit since joining the company in 1995, takes the left seat from Pierre Beaudoin (son of Bombardier chairman Laurent Beaudoin), who became president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace this past October.
Jonas Weil, 65, moved to ski resort haven Aspen, Colo., seven years ago and has since become totally disenchanted with flying to and from home on the airlines. “That industry is like a coat that needs to be turned inside out,” he told AIN. “They’ve forgotten about a person called ‘the customer.’”
Price Induction, a startup company based in Anglet, France, is studying a 560-lb-thrust high-bypass-ratio turbofan that would establish a new thrust class. Applications of the DGEN380 would be four-seaters, allowing pilots to upgrade from piston singles to twinjets. Another market could be airline-pilot training.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Houston-based aircraft handling agent Air Routing International are preparing an online professional development program for business aviation schedulers. The program will be offered by NBAA and will be modeled after the association’s corporate aviation management certificate program for flight department managers.
The temporary reduction in navigation and ATC user charges in Canada came to an end on December 31 in one of several steps Nav Canada is taking to stem a potential revenue shortfall resulting from reduced flight operations since September 11.
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