“A few years ago NetJets was my number-one worry–its costs were far out of line with revenues, and cash was hemorrhaging,” Warren Buffett, chairman of NetJets and FlightSafety International parent company Berkshire Hathaway, wrote in his latest annual letter to shareholders, released on Saturday. “These problems are now behind us,” with NetJets delivering $227 million in pre-tax earnings last year, up $20 million from 2010.
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This could be a called a tale of two cities, but it’s a little more complicated than that.
First, you have Washington, D.C., which has had a viable heliport since early 1998, but it depends on your definition of the word “viable.”
Then you have Dallas, which has had Garland/DRW Heliport since 1988, one of fewer than a dozen stand-alone public-use heliports in the U.S. It was joined in 1994 by 49T, a heliport on the roof of the Dallas Convention Center.
Speaking at the opening session at Heli-Expo yesterday, NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman, praised Helicopter Association International (HAI) for its creation of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and its new Safety Accreditation Program. She also challenged HAI members to continue efforts to promote Safety Management Systems (SMS) through IHST’s SMS Toolkit. When asked about NTSB’s contributions to IHST efforts, Hersman was quick to clarify: “You know we do not sit on committees, such as IHST, as voting members.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved a five-year extension of its partnership authorizing National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services (Natacs) to continue as a trusted fingerprint facility to process biological and biometric information for general aviation and commercial aviation worldwide.
As the 2012 U.S. election campaign season begins ramping up, industry leaders are concerned about what they believe will be an unprecedented number of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) as candidates spread out to press the flesh. Given the number of states up for grabs in what looks to be an extremely close and contentious presidential election, private aviation is bracing for the inevitable travel interruptions.
Turbine business airplanes operating private and charter flights worldwide logged a substantial increase in accidents and fatalities last year compared with 2010, while fractional operations continued to be one of the safest segments. According to statistics compiled by AIN, total accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets nearly doubled, from 17 in 2010 to 32 last year, and U.S.-registered turboprop accidents jumped from 32 in 2010 to 43 last year. The increase in the number of accidents coincides with an increase in the number of business jet flight operations worldwide.
The lawsuit over the Transportation Department’s plan to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program became moot when President Obama signed an appropriations bill (H.R. 2112) on November 18 that contained language reinstating the program through at least the end of Fiscal Year 2012 (Sept. 30, 2012).
John Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has started returning fire from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, who has declared war on the TSA.
The Transportation Security Administration may finally be getting it. In November, the agency announced it is resuscitating the long-dormant Aviation Security Advisory Committee (Asac) and the Obama Administration said that the business aviation community will continue to have a seat at the table.
The FAA lifted all restrictions on the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program on Friday, and owners and operators can, according to the NBAA, “opt out from having their flight information broadcast over the Internet.” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said, “NBAA and its members thank the leaders in Congr