Last Thursday’s union victory for the Flight Options pilots has received mixed reactions.
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Former AOPA and Air Transport Association official Roger Cohen replaced Debby McElroy last month as the president of the Regional Airline Association (RAA). Cohen assumed the post on December 18, three days after McElroy left for a new position at Airports Council International-North America.
The effective date has been delayed to March 1 for the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis) interim rule that eliminates the exemption from inspections for fruits and vegetables imported from Canada and implements inspection fees for commercial aircraft (including on-demand charter aircraft) flying from Canada to the U.S. The rule was set to go into effect last Friday, November 24.
Honeywell Aerospace Trading (HAT) now includes pre-owned Honeywell engines, auxiliary power units, starter and environmental control systems, as well as avionics, the Morris Township, New Jersey-based company announced here at Paris. Wheels and brakes will be added in the future.
Annual global economic growth of 2.9 percent over the coming 20 years will be the principal driver for a 4.8-percent yearly increase in the world’s passenger traffic, said Boeing. But regional growth during 2005-24 will vary widely, with traffic in China increasing by almost 160 percent more than that in Europe, which has the lowest expansion rate.
Hundreds of people surrounded CRS Jet Spares’ NBAA booth as the company announced that Amy Smith of Averitt Air in Nashville, Tenn., was the winner of a 2006 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster motorcycle.
Dole Food and its affiliate Castle & Cook have purchased three Eclipse 500 very light jets (VLJs) that will join a current corporate aircraft fleet. Dole’s flight department is based in Van Nuys, Calif., and includes a Global Express. “The decision to purchase these jets was made based on safety, performance and economics,” said Dole Food owner David Murdock.
Barcelona, Spain-based charter operator Executive Airlines is offering new services such as third-party handling, U.S. visa waiver processing and operations to and from London City Airport.
The firm is now offering handling services for third-party operators at Barcelona and Madrid airports. These services will be expanded by the recent purchase of Aeroplanning, a Madrid-based corporate flight planning specialist.
ExxonMobil Aviation (Booth No. 1026) is now using its own equipment and staff to refuel business jets at Milan Linate Airport. The direct operation started in February. The company also announced that it has been awarded a six-year contract to supply aviation fuels to TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK. In addition, ExxonMobil will once again provide fuel and services during the Farnborough International Air Show in July.
When Rob Gillette arrived at Honeywell Aerospace in January 2005 as its new CEO and president he quickly set out to reorganize the complex engines/avionics/systems giant so that it would make better sense to its customers.