Prompted by a scathing audit report by the Transportation Department inspector general about the ineffective implementation of its wildlife hazard plans, the FAA is analyzing comments it received on three draft advisory circulars. One of the ACs is new, but the other two are revisions of existing ACs.
While many European airports saw traffic decline last year, Lyon Bron airport bucked the trend, experiencing 7.7-percent growth (to 5,818 aircraft movements) in business aviation traffic over the first 11 months of 2012, according to local statistics. Numbers at the Europe-wide level indicate a 4.69-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
Business aviation played a key part in bringing political leaders to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss resort of Davos last week. Jet Aviation’s Zurich FBO handled much of the traffic and saw a “slight increase” over the 2012 event, handling 747 movements and 1,531 passengers. Despite poor weather and fog that disrupted flights early in the week, Jet Aviation set handling records on the days preceding the WEF, managing 150 movements on January 22 and 126 the following day.
In a new bid to reduce runway excursions, Eurocontrol published an action plan designed to help chip away at the annual rate of incidents, which ICAO says has not changed in 20 years. The plan is based on input from nearly every potential stakeholder, including airport operators, air navigation service providers, aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, professional associations and government safety authorities. Data was also gathered from more than 1,000 accident and incident reports from around the world.
In an educational session yesterday afternoon at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference in San Antonio, Universal Weather & Aviation’s delta team lead John Perry and Sheng (Jimmy) Young, the company’s managing director for China, led their audience through navigating the details needed to operate successfully in the growing Chinese market.
At NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference yesterday in San Antonio, an educational session dealt with international operations in South America, presented by Jodi Tanner-Perkins from Jeppesen International Trip Planning, Grant Russell from Bombardier and Ana Paula Martin from Lider Aviation Brazil.
International aircraft operators must constantly be on guard for new and, in some cases, old fees being assessed on them as countries seek new ways to squeeze more money from airport and airspace users, Rick Snider, senior manager of contracts & compliance for Rockwell Collins flight information solutions commercial systems, told attendees yesterday at a taxes and fees session at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The UK’s Cambridge Airport and its FBO partner ExecuJet Aviation are celebrating the first anniversary of their cooperation by offering a free landing for all operators who buy between 5,000 and 10,000 liters (1,320 gallons to 2,641 gallons) of fuel.
Jet Aviation has opened an FBO in Berlin to provide handling at the city’s Schönefeld and Tegel International Airports. The new facility at Schönefeld includes an operations office, a crew lounge and a VIP passenger lounge. “As a major international hub and a common point of entry to central Europe, Berlin is a key location for our customers,” said Frank Kusserow, Jet Aviation’s director of FBO services in Germany. “Many of our customers regularly fly between Berlin, Dusseldorf and our other worldwide FBOs, and they can now benefit from having the same handling provider.”
Today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas, online aeronautical chart and flight planning tool provider SkyVector launched its new global FBO directory. Projected onto the company’s existing online chart viewer, the free directory seamlessly integrates into the mapping interface and displays real-time fuel prices on the charts in relevant currencies and units of measure.