NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen condemned “disparaging” remarks about business aviation by President Obama in a presidential debate last night with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. During the debate, Obama called to eliminate some corporate tax breaks, saying in part, “Why wouldn’t we eliminate tax cuts for corporate jets? If you have a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break.” According to Bolen, “The President’s comments completely mischaracterized the businesses and groups that depend on a [corporate] airplane.”
The Department of Homeland Security is creating a new visa category, M, to replace the J-1 visa, which allows foreign flight school students to train in the U.S. but is set to expire in June 2010. The new visa will be administered by the DHS instead of the State Department, which issues J-1 visas, and all applicants will be subject to TSA criminal background checks.
Yes, there is a bill, signed into law by President Clinton in October 2000, that would allow business aircraft operators to enjoy the same visa-waiver convenience afforded certain scheduled airline operators. It would, that is, if the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) had gotten around to integrating the new law into its own regulations.
Confusion over French visa requirements for U.S. general aviation aircrews is causing many flight departments to scramble for proper documents. While visas have been a requirement for years, U.S. corporate aircrews are only now encountering vigilance from French authorities. Some industry observers suggest the scrutiny might be in response to recent tightening of U.S. visa requirements.
Confusion about French visa requirements for U.S. general aviation aircrew is causing many flight departments to scramble for proper documents. While it has been a rule for several years–a cursory glance at an August 2003 edition of IATA’s Travel Information Manual shows that crewmembers who are U.S. nationals are required to have visas to enter France–U.S.