New airline industry statistics released last month by the office of DOT inspector general Kenneth Mead revealed that regional jets now account for one-quarter of all departures in the U.S. In absolute terms, RJ frequencies increased 140 percent (from 88,474 to 212,126 departures) since December 2000, when the small jets accounted for just 10 percent of all departures.
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Hopes for a first-quarter launch of US Airways’ MidAtlantic division dimmed to a flicker last month as pilots continued their dispute over payscales for new Embraer 170 positions and management took steps to sell off assets to meet minimum federal loan requirements.
Last month, FAA COO Russell Chew told a standing-room-only audience at the annual conference of the U.S. Air Traffic Control Association that a widening gap between the falling income and rising expenses of the agency’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) could reach a cumulative $8.2 billion over the next five years and he said the FAA must take positive actions to close this gap.
Air Routing International recently made several enhancements to its Flight Manager online program. For example, arrival and departure times for each leg of a flight are now available in the tool’s Calendar View as UTC time, local airport time or home base time. Users can also now click on the airport code from anywhere in the flight plan to view basic airport data.
Some international business jet flights bound for three New York-area satellite airports were diverted to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to clear customs during the recent Orange-level security alert period.
L.J. Aviation of Latrobe, Pa. has been awarded the FAA’s Diamond Award Certificate of Excellence. The award recognizes an organization’s commitment to the highest standards of safety by providing on-going training and education. To qualify, at least 25 percent of eligible employees must participate in the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Program.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Louisville International Airport, Kentucky. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or denied no later than May 16. A preliminary review indicates that it meets all the requirements, according to the agency. Comments can be submitted until February 3. For more information, contact the FAA in Memphis at (901) 322-8184.
While the business aviation industry continues to show signs of a steady recovery, U.S. companies are facing new market challenges, one in the form of a dollar that is weaker than the euro, and another in the tougher visa regulations implemented after 9/11.
The Transportation Security Administration recently designated Dulles International Airport and Bradley International Airport gateway facilities for pre-cleared general aviation operators to use Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
New funding from the Florida DOT for three projects at Page Field in Fort Myers includes $500,000 for landside improvements associated with a future terminal building; $761,000 for a new parallel taxiway; and $800,000 for reimbursement of construction costs related to a recently completed hangar project.