The FAA acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” when it reversed longstanding agency practice and precedent by recalibrating its Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, lawyers for NBAA and AOPA said in their opening legal brief filed yesterday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have created a statistical model of daily operations at general aviation airports that might uncover unusual activity that could indicate a security threat.
The U.S. Department of State has issued a new report warning that thousands of man-portable air defense systems (Manpads) remain unaccounted for and may be “outside the control of national governments,” posing threats to the commercial aviation industry and military aircraft around the world.
A decision on Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a previous ruling by the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia ordering Signature Flight Support sublessee Landow Aviation to cease and desist from acting as an FBO at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Lawmakers from both houses of Congress have joined the battle over the Department of Transportation’s decision to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, with 26 senators and 33 representatives telling DOT Secretary Ray LaHood in separate letters that it is “a troubling reversal of a decade-old policy” established to uphold the privacy rights of Americans.
A contingent of U.S. Air Force flight attendants participated in this year’s NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians conference, not just to learn from their peers but to share their own experiences using dry ice as a cooling medium to keep food safe on long trips. It turns out that a sufficient quantity of dry ice allows for weeks of operation and proper food storage. There are important safety considerations when using dry ice.
“The number-one priority is being safety specialists,” said Dodie Thomas, who works for Altria Client Services and was chosen as vice chairwoman of the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee. Mary Ann Fash became chairwoman of the committee, taking over from Scott Arnold. “We’ve come a long way from Emily Post [etiquette lessons],” Thomas added.
Air-Care International’s Facts training division has added a new simulator to its stable of cabin safety training devices, an in-flight fire trainer. The mobile unit features a replica of a business jet cabin interior, made of metal so it won’t burn, with an enclosed lavatory, galley and cabin divan seating area.
If attendance numbers and enthusiasm of those who flocked to San Diego in mid-June for the 16th NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians conference are any indication of the health of business aviation, then this segment is on the upswing.
Jeppesen president and CEO Mark Van Tine in July questioned the Transportation Security Administration’s use of security directives to vastly expand existing security requirements without consideration of the implementation challenges, operational effects and economic burdens these mandates impose on the aviation industry.