New online charter broker ClearJet recently launched a flat-fee charter buyer-seller matchmaking service that it claims is more transparent to both buyer and seller. ClearJet allows buyers to view all of the quotes and other details–including aircraft type, amenities and interior/exterior photos, but not operator name–for their requested trip, unlike typical charter brokers that present clients with only a “best price.”
Executive AirShare introduced two new programs today – Launch and Launch Premium–for business jet users “seeking cost-effective alternatives to full ownership.” Both programs are based on a lease structure, according to the company.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) board of directors approved Flight Design and Sandel Avionics yesterday as the association’s newest members. With these additions, GAMA now has 78 member companies. Flight Design is a light aircraft manufacturer based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Sandel Avionics engineers and manufactures avionics, including several terrain avoidance systems, for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
NetJets sister company Executive Jet Management successfully completed an on-site audit and has become a Wyvern Wingman. Charter operators that undergo the on-site safety audit and are found to meet the rigorous safety standards conducted by Wyvern auditors are recommended for use by all Wyvern clients. Operators that successfully complete the audit have already met the Wyvern Standard, a “globally recognized seal of excellence.”
Twelve aviation associations have written a joint letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to meet its commitment and complete the rulemaking on repair station security by the fourth quarter.
The FAA has added 90 days to the comment period for the agency’s rewrite of Part 145 rules, moving the date to November 19. The change, which was posted in the U.S. Federal Register on August 17, comes in response to a letter from the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) and other aviation industry associations requesting more time to comment.
The FAA has approved the Crane Aerospace & Electronics SmartStem tire pressure management system for use in Part 135 safety checks. In a letter to the system’s manufacturer, the agency stated, “It is our opinion that pilots conducting Part 135 operations may use the SmartStem to perform daily tire pressure checks as a pre-flight task if the system has been properly installed on the aircraft by means of an STC or other FAA approval.”
Sir Ralph Robins, formerly executive chairman of Rolls-Royce, has joined the board of Gama Group as a non-executive chairman. “This comes at a time of significant expansion and I am very much looking forward to working with him,” said Marwan Khalek, CEO of Gama Group. “Sir Ralph’s unique blend of aerospace, international business, corporate governance experience and know-how will ensure that we deliver even better value to our customers, employees and investors.”
The U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association has voiced its support for reforms to the aircraft certification processes as proposed by the FAA in a report submitted to Congress last week. “This report is an important first step in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the FAA, which is necessary to support growing industry activity in the development of new aircraft and safety-enhancing technologies,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.