A group of current and former airline pilots rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday afternoon to protest the 45-year-old FAA regulation that forces pilots to leave the cockpit once they reach age 60. The group, flanked by Southwest Airlines chairman Herb Kelleher, Jet Blue vice president Robert Land, Sen. James Inhofe (D-Okla.) and Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.), said that momentum is building in Congress to change the rule.
The Senate last week passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (the “Highway Bill”), which authorizes surface transportation spending through fiscal year 2009. The legislation includes two provisions that could affect business aviation if signed into law, according to NBAA.
Before bailing out last month for the usual summer vacation, the House and Senate took no action on the tax bill that would have extended the bonus depreciation benefits allowance. Extension of the bonus depreciation benefits for certain business aircraft buyers is part of a larger tax package to be decided, and that is being held up by battles over items unrelated to the bonus depreciation.
Former Comair employee Zabdiel Santiago Balaguer pleaded guilty in Orlando federal court last month to gun and drug smuggling. The FBI arrested Balaguer in March along with five other co-conspirators, including fellow Comair employee Thomas Anthony Munoz, who allegedly tried to carry a duffel bag containing 14 guns and eight pounds of marijuana off a Delta Air Lines flight in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) relating to the “deductions for entertainment use of business aircraft.” If the NPRM
In May, Piper Aircraft confirmed that it was looking for suitable sites to relocate the company’s headquarters and to establish PiperJet manufacturing. A significant factor in the move is insurance costs, which have risen tenfold due to hurricanes. “Insurance in Florida is skyrocketing,” said a Piper spokesman.
Derco Aerospace has won a contract from Singapore Technologies Aerospace to install new auxiliary power units and improved environmental control systems on four
Workers at the IAR Ghimbav helicopter manufacturing plant in Brasov, Romania, have suspended their strike after three days. On May 9, local trade union BNS announced that management and employees had reached an agreement on all six of the workers’ requests, which included salary increases and compensatory wages in the event of massive job cuts after privatization. About 700 of the 900 workers walked out during the strike, according to BNS.
The Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 1108, which represents pilots for fractional provider Flight Options, claimed last month that some pilots were fired for their inability to receive Canpass authorization. According to the union, Flight Options management recently fired or otherwise forced out about half a dozen pilots over what
it said amounted to simple traffic violations.
Property and casualty insurance company Travelers is venturing into aviation with its Travelers Aviation division, announced last month.