Sky Way Communications has obtained special temporary authorization from the FCC to begin testing planned upgrades for services based on the AT&T/Claircom air-to-ground network, decommissioned in 2002 in a cost-cutting move by AT&T Wireless.
The subjects of security and international operations continue to dominate the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, and both seminar sessions on those topics played to packed rooms at the 15th annual conference last month in Savannah, Ga.
NBAA has redrawn the five geographic areas served by its five regional representatives to create a new central region that will be assigned to former association director Durwood Heinrich.
The survey, with a base of more than 675 flight departments, presents a set of baseline data broken down by characteristics of the flight department and the corporation. It allows NBAA members to compare their own operations to a composite of similar flight departments. The 676 aviation departments that provided data for the survey operated 1,149 aircraft and employed 4,308 people.
IBM Euroflight has become the first European corporate flight department to complete the new International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification process. The IS-BAO certificate now covers IBM’s European and U.S. flight departments, which are based respectively at Paris Le Bourget Airport and White Plains, N.Y.
The Nordam Group’s board of directors has voted to extend Ken Lackey’s term as chairman and CEO through 2008. He has assumed the additional responsibilities of COO of the manufacturing divisions. John Uczekaj, Nordam’s president and COO, has left the company to pursue other interests. Bill Peacher, Nordam’s CFO, will also serve as COO of the Nordam Repair Group.
Canada has selected the Herc Solutions team to provide ongoing support services for its aging 31-strong Lockheed CC-130 Hercules fleet. Herc Solutions is a team of four major global C-130 support players, with Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford, Canada, as prime contractor. The other team members are Derco Aerospace, Marshall Aerospace and Standard Aero.
Yesterday, EBACE Convention News incorrectly reported that Universal Weather and Aviation has 12,000 employees. In fact, the flight-planning group has a global staff of 1,200.
With all other serious contenders out of the running, AirCell appears likely to win an FCC auction for a coveted slice of frequency spectrum that will enable the Englewood, Colo. company to provide air-to-ground high-speed Wi-Fi services.
The verbal sparring over ATC funding and user fees reached the front page of The Wall Street Journal today in a long article, “Why Big Airlines Are Starting a Fight with Business Jets,” that impartially lays out the opposing positions of business aviation and the airlines. Front-page, left-column placement of the story shows the importance the newspaper’s editors place on the issue.