If the CEO of a corporation should suddenly ask the aviation department manager, “What are we doing to ensure the highest level of safety in our flying operations?” that manager should be prepared to outline the elements that constitute the company’s aviation safety program.
Aviation International News » September 2002
ROCKWELL NA 265-65 SABRELINER, MOLOKAI, HAWAII, MAY 10, 2000–At 2031 Hawaiian standard time (HST), both flight crewmembers and all four passengers of the Sabreliner were killed in an off-airport crash that destroyed the aircraft when it flew into mountainous terrain 3.3 nm southwest of Molokai Airport (MKK), near Kaunakakai on the Island of Molokai, Hawaii, while on a night visual approach for landing.
That may jinx it, but the new maintenance service center hangar for PrivateSky at Fort Myers (Fla.) Airport (RSW) is being built to withstand a class 5 hurricane. The only one so built, the new climate-controlled hangar will be able to accommodate up to a dozen Gulfstream-size aircraft at PrivateSky’s FAR Part 145 repair station. An overhead crane will be installed for removing engines.
ChevronTexaco expanded its reach when its general aviation division announced that the Hiller Group, a major distributor of ChevronTexaco aviation products, would expand its marketing territory. Based in Tampa, Fla., Hiller already supported more than 140 Chevron-branded FBOs in the South and Southeast.
On the subject of security procedures, Sandy Waters, v-p of KaiserAir at Oakland (Calif.) International Airport, said, “There has never been a successful hijacking of a charter or air taxi aircraft in history, and there is no reason to impose the same requirements [as those for aircraft over 95,000 lb] on smaller aircraft.” Still, Waters has voluntarily developed scrupulous security measures specifically for KaiserAir–measures the company hope
Million Air Dallas at Addison Airport (ADS) has signed on as an Avfuel dealer. Jack Hopkins, president of Million Air Dallas, said the new affiliation would help the well-known and respected FBO maintain its level of service. Avfuel president Craig Sincock said, “Million Air Dallas has built an incredible business.
Central Texas, near the capital city of Austin, may yet get the general aviation airport it has so desperately needed for the past several years. When Austin (Texas) Mueller Airport gave way to the new Austin Bergstrom International Airport in April 1999, general aviation was not granted nearly the same footprint it had enjoyed at the old, now-closed field.
Efforts to relieve congestion at Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport were dealt a blow last month when the Mexican government abandoned plans to build a new international airport at Texcoco. The project, which was approved just last October, was scrapped following violent protests by local farmers.
The Santa Monica (Calif.) Municipal Airport Commission has proposed an “aircraft conformance program” (ACP) that would effectively ban certain larger business jets at the Southern California field within six months, according to NBAA.
When Congress perceives public or political demands to do something, the House and Senate can act with uncharacteristic speed. For example, take the legislation that would curb and curtail corporate conniving and chicanery that raced through legislative processes, was passed by both houses and handed for signature by President Bush in near record time. If only some desirable aviation bills had the same priority.
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