“The changing dynamics of aviation have brought a lot of people to corporate aviation,” said corporate pilot Darcy Eggeman at last month’s Women in Aviation Conference. “The passengers want to know who’s flying the aircraft, who their flight attendants are and who their mechanics are. The best way to do that is to have their own aircraft.
In a show of solidarity that even FAA Administrator Jane Garvey acknowledged would have been “hard to imagine” two or three years ago, 13 aviation groups ranging from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) to AOPA urged the Bush Administration to make aviation capacity improvements a top national priority.
New aviation regulations in China that aim to ease foreign investment in the civil aviation infrastructure and loosen government controls should encourage more business aircraft operations in the country, according to Uniworld, a corporate aviation handling and marketing facility in China. Uniworld says there are about 400 general aviation aircraft in China, with agricultural use accounting for about 140 of them.
General aviation fatalities dropped 30 percent last year, to 491 from 703 in 2006, according to the NTSB. But the total number of general aviation accidents was higher, climbing to 1,631 in 2007 from 1,518 in 2006. The total number of accidents includes 20 U.S.-registered aircraft mishaps that occurred outside the U.S., its territories or possessions.
Seven years after the chaos of 9/11, air travel has again reached record levels in the U.S, Europe and Asia. Despite increasing fears of a near-term recession in the U.S. caused in part by a dramatic surge in the U.S. dollar price of crude oil, international business aviation travel is also on the rise.
Demonstrating environmental responsibility while remaining operationally viable is the biggest challenge facing business aviation, according to the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA). But along with its European colleagues, the UK industry also faces potential difficulties with new security requirements covering border controls and the prospect of wider powers for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
As part of research activities under the NASA/FAA Joint Universities Program, the MIT International Center for Air Transportation is investigating factors that may act as barriers to the utility of general aviation (GA) transportation in North America. If you use the North American GA transportation system, then MIT would appreciate your feedback on what factors reduce GA utility and what can be done about it.
In response to mounting public and congressional pressure, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin reversed course and announced last month that his agency would release the results from the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service (NAOMS) project, an $11.3 million aviation safety survey. Between April 2001 and December 2004, the project team surveyed some 24,000 airline pilots and 5,000 general aviation pilots.
The state of Virginia officially broke ground at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in late August for an Aviation World’s Fair being planned for early spring 2003.
With the forcible shutdown of Chicago Meigs Field fresh in their minds, several members of the House aviation subcommittee called to eliminate some of the security restrictions that have been imposed on general aviation as a result of 9/11 and continuing unspecified terrorist threats. And general aviation trade associations pleaded with the lawmakers to create a cohesive federal policy on airspace and airport shutdowns.