The UK parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has highlighted a failure on the part of the country’s Border Force to adequately screen private aircraft arrivals. In a December 10 report, the committee said this was one outcome from recent staffing cuts at the agency and it also criticized failures in the Border Force’s IT system that allegedly give staff inadequate access to passenger information. The report claimed failure to check private aircraft could result in “potentially letting billionaire gangsters off the hook.”
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Eight senators have called out the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about numerous stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on domestic flights that never leave U.S. airspace.
A medical emergency on board a business jet at altitude–and how it is dealt with–presents a defining moment for any flight department. Yet not all are well-prepared, according to emergency planning specialist FrontierMedex,hich gave a briefing here at NBAA yesterday.
Beechcraft said this week that had received official recognition from the U.S. National Aeronautics Association for a record for a “Speed Over a Recognized Course,” set for a transcontinental flight by its special-mission King Air 350ER flying from San Diego, Calif. to Orlando, Fla. last October. The King Air flew the 1,853.97 nautical mile route at an average speed of 331.08 miles per hour.
AOPA is demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) halt indiscriminate stops of general aviation aircraft, and the association’s newly installed president, Mark Baker, spent much of his first week on the job meeting with members of Congress as they returned to work from their annual summer recess.
Ailing infrastructure in rapidly growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region has not kept in step with demand, creating huge challenges for airlines running out of pilots as fleets expand. Led by China and India, the region’s economies will grow 4.5 percent per year over the next 20 years, while Chinese airlines triple the size of their fleets, according to the 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook on Asia-Pacific.
In the wake of a recent accident, three stakeholders in the Eurocopter Super Puma arena have rallied to support the aircraft’s safety record and image. “We do not believe that the accident was caused by an airworthiness or technical problem,” the UK CAA said in a statement.
The U.S. Customs office at Fargo (N.D.) Hector International Airport has moved to the north general aviation ramp into a new facility adjacent to Fargo Jet Center. Before the move, crews and passengers flying in from airports outside of the U.S. had to clear customs at a facility more than a mile from the FBO, the airport said. Now located just 100 yards from the Fargo Jet Center, the new 3,603-sq-ft customs office allows passengers and crews clearing customs and immigration to have easier access to the FBO facilities. Customs is open 24/7 in Fargo.
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS) received TSA approval to fly passengers directly from its Pier 7 Heliport in Baltimore to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). This makes Pier 7 the first heliport in the U.S. to receive such approval as a gateway airport under the TSA’s Fixed Base Operator Standard Security Program, allowing pre-cleared helicopters to land at the heliport and be screened for access to DCA.
Bombardier’s annual Safety Standdown Latin America, held in São Paulo over the past two days, drew a record number of participants, confirming the event’s status as a key part of the build up to LABACE, which officially opened today. According to event manager Janet Schiebelhut, the fourth Safety Standdown Latin America drew 325 registered attendees, with 285 present on the first day for six workshops.
The first Safety Standdown at LABACE 2010 had 125 people sign up in advance, and about 190 attended.
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