Argus will launch a certified charter broker program in the first quarter, it announced today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans. The program will provide charter operators and end-consumers with information necessary to make a “confident decision” when engaging a charter broker.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association appointed Greg Bowles to a new position as director of European regulatory affairs and engineering. Bowles will join GAMA director of European and international affairs Brian Davey in its Brussels office. Since joining the association in 2005, Bowles has been director of engineering and manufacturing at GAMA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. In his new role, he will help GAMA work toward better and more efficient regulatory systems, as well as ensure more coordination between global aviation authorities and manufacturers.
Chapman Freeborn is launching a new initiative designed to help business jet flight schedulers tap into Chapman’s local knowledge and expertise when flying into unfamiliar or challenging territory. Under a program it calls Global Broker, the company is offering its expertise in business jet support services, overflight permitting, ground handling, fueling and passport and immigration services to fellow charter brokers, operators and others.
AIN received nearly two dozen comments to an AINSafety story reporting that some pilots who had been tested by FAA designated pilot examiner (DPE), Edward Lane, would need to be re-examined to determine their competency. At the time, the reasons for the agency’s concern about this DPE were not made entirely clear.
New online charter broker ClearJet recently launched a flat-fee charter buyer-seller matchmaking service that it claims is more transparent to both buyer and seller. ClearJet allows buyers to view all of the quotes and other details–including aircraft type, amenities and interior/exterior photos, but not operator name–for their requested trip, unlike typical charter brokers that present clients with only a “best price.”
Pilots who received certificates from a certain designated pilot examiner (DPE) in Nevada may need to be reexamined. The FAA released Notice 8900.194 on July 13 to provide guidance to administration inspectors who may need to reexamine pilots whose certificates were approved by Edward Lane of Las Vegas.
Business aircraft sales, acquisitions, trading and brokerage services firm Jetcraft promoted David Dixon to president of Jetcraft Asia. He helped the company establish its formal presence in Asia earlier this year. In his expanded role, Dixon will manage overall operations and lead sales initiatives for Jetcraft Asia, spanning a territory from Beijing to Sydney. Dixon has been based in Asia for more than 30 years and previously was Bombardier Business Aircraft’s regional vice president for the Asia Pacific region.
Business aircraft sales, acquisitions, trading and brokerage services firm Jetcraft opened a new office in Hong Kong today under the Jetcraft Asia banner. This establishes a permanent base in Asia for the company, which has been active in the region despite not having a “formal presence” there. Jetcraft co-owner and board member Jahid Fazal-Karim predicts a growing market for pre-owned business aircraft in Asia, particularly in China, within the next five years.
In an era when the Internet is eliminating many forms of privacy, the charter industry remains somewhat opaque, leaving charter clients without essential information about their trips, in the opinions of James Chitty and Nicolos Bozzo, founders of PlaneClear, based in Long Island City, N.Y.
Chitty, PlaneClear’s president, worked for Liberty Jet and vice president Bozzo for Gama Aviation before they founded PlaneClear in 2008, “to bring unprecedented transparency to the private charter market,” according to a PlaneClear statement.
Founded to promote self-regulation among air charter brokers, Acana (Air Charter Association of North America) has become the brokers’ alphabet group, taking the lead on issues affecting the charter brokerage business.
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