Don Spruston, director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), is the 2010 recipient of the NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, granted each year for lifelong individual achievement in supporting business aviation. Spruston has been director general of the IBAC since 1999.
U.S. air carriers will be prohibited from employing former FAA safety inspectors for a two-year period by terms of a final rule that takes effect October 21. The new FAA rule is a byproduct of an incident in which inspectors overseeing Southwest Airlines were found to be too friendly with the airline.
The U.S. Department of Transportation appears unconvinced that the FAA can adequately monitor the contractor-owned automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) program–a supposed model of public-private partnership.
SMS is not just for airlines and corporate aviation, as John David, Nav Canada v-p for safety and quality, explained. The private agency put safety oversight in place soon after privatization. David is chair of the joint Nav Canada-Transport Canada safety committee. “We believe safety planning is key, so we have a manual for SMS policy-making and planning, with a safety charter that all Nav Canada employees must buy into,” he said.
Transport Canada plans to take back the business aviation operating certification and oversight functions it had transferred to the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) in 2005. The change, which John Baird, Canada’s Minister of Transport, announced on March 16, is expected to take effect on April 1 next year.
Canadian Transport Minister John Baird today announced that Transport Canada is taking back the certification and oversight functions for business aviation from the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), effective April 1 next year. In 2005, Transport Canada transferred administration and management responsibilities under CAR 604–the regulation specifically for business aviation–from the agency to CBAA.
FAA scrutiny of on-demand Part 135 charter operators may increase following a report issued July 13 by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (IG). This report is the first of two parts and focused on evaluating “the differences between FAA regulation and oversight for on-demand operators and larger, commercial air carriers.”
Rich Gage, who relinquished his position as president and CEO at CBAA in October, will become a member of Nav Canada’s board of directors in April. Gage will succeed John Lawson, the former president of sales for Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Congressional hearings are often contentious, and the House aviation subcommittee investigation of the Sept. 30, 2006 type certification of the Eclipse 500 sparked some lively debate.
Rich Gage has stepped down from his post as president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) with the expiration of his eight-year contract on August 25. Sam Barone has taken over the position.
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