With more than 570,000 sq ft under roof, Little Rock, Ark.-based Central Flying Service is arguably the world’s largest full-service FBO. “The key is ‘full service,’” said Richard Holbert, president and CEO of the Adams Field operation.
Pilot certification in the United States
With the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) poised to raise the age limit for commercial pilots to 65 effective November 23, the FAA has convened an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the same standard.
Beyond the merriment that the very light jet is coming to market, the insurance industry is preparing to drop the curtain in the final act.
1. Establish a long-term relationship with an aviation medical examiner (AME) so he gets to know you and will be comfortable answering all your questions, even on the phone.
2. Select an AME who is both knowledgeable about aviation medicine and willing to work with you, your treating physician and the FAA regional and national offices to help you retain your medical certificate.
The FAA has issued Handbook Bulletin HBAW 04-06E in an attempt to clarify issues surrounding maintenance requirements under FAR Part 135. The bulletin has been amended to suspend its compliance time requirement because the FAA is considering a rulemaking effort to remove the words “type-certificated” (TC) from the language of FAR 135.411.
Operation Safe Pilot, an 18-month federal probe into “the misuse of Social Security numbers by pilots,” ended last month with the indictment of 40 pilots–some with commercial or ATP certificates–on fraud charges. During the investigation of 40,000 FAA-licensed pilots in northern California, federal agents identified numerous pilots with current medical certificates who were receiving disability benefit payments.
Pilots will have several more months to comply with the new second-in-command (SIC) type rating rule. Published on August 4, the rule had an effective date of September 6, after which pilots serving as second-in-command would have to have an SIC type rating when flying to international destinations. However, at press time the FAA was preparing a notice that would establish a compliance deadline of March 6 next year.
NetJets Europe will hire more than 100 pilots this year–the largest intake of aircrew since the fractional ownership program started in 1996. It is looking for applicants with a minimum of 1,500 hours total flying time, 500 hours multi-engine time, a valid European Union passport and a full European air transport pilots license.
Bob Blouin, former senior v-p of operations for NBAA and current president of the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, formed SkyGroup Associates with an office at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
An ATP corporate pilot who is a Gold Seal CFI and safety counselor is currently working on a rulemaking petition to allow pilots to accomplish the FAR 135.299(a) line operational evaluation in an approved level-C simulator in lieu of a line check in an aircraft.