The European agency tasked with keeping watch over the EU’s external borders, Frontex, is enthusiastic about adopting remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to help them in that job. But significant challenges–some technical but the majority legal–mean that unmanned aircraft are unlikely to be deployed to help defend EU borders in the near future.
After a meeting April 30 between AOPA president Mark Baker and the head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the association is urging members report any encounters they have with CBP or other law enforcement officers.
AOPA has already received more than 50 reports from members being questioned and sometimes searched by CBP agents or local law enforcement officers acting on the federal agency’s requests. In some cases, the officers approached pilots with drawn weapons or dogs to inspect the aircraft.
A global business such as the air transport industry needs to adopt a so-called global mindset to thrive in an environment where too often parochial concerns lead to counterproductive action and policy, International Air Transport Association director general and CEO Tony Tyler asserted during his group’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Doha on Monday.
Last Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R.4718, a bill that would make accelerated, or bonus, depreciation permanent. If passed, this would allow for 50 percent of costs for new investments in equipment and software–a list that includes such things as business jets–to be written off in the first year. More than 150 groups, including NBAA and NATA, supported the legislation.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) announced a new goal today, pledging $2 billion in financing for U.S.-manufactured business airplanes and helicopters by year-end. It reached a previously announced goal of $1 billion in financing for these exports in December, 10 months ahead of schedule.
Having enjoyed spectacular success with the launch of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry in 2007, Brian Johnson moved to Appleby (Booth 4439) to help the legal services company and offshore specialist advise Jersey, in the Channel Islands near France, launch its own registry. Ironically, Johnson was recently thrown back into his old role as his replacement in the Isle of Man, Hartley Elder, took early retirement.
U.S. congressional leaders, addressing those attending the Unmanned Systems Conference in Orlando on Tuesday, said Congress will likely expedite provisions of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act that require the FAA to introduce unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued a decision that allowed a Part 91 operator to continue to apply the “Age 65 rule” originally intended for airline pilots to its operations, according to NBAA.
Indian helicopter operators have asked the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to revoke a new requirement making pilots personally responsible for conducting security checks on passengers. Ahead of India’s long election campaign, which ends this month and involves extensive use of chartered helicopters by politicians, the DGCA sent out a directive that obliges pilots to personally search passengers for guns and other illegal items.
Malaysia’s transport ministry released a five-page preliminary report on May 1 into the disappearance of MH370, the Boeing 777 that has not been seen since it departed Kuala Lumpur March 8 for Beijing. The aircraft carried 227 passengers and a crew of 12. The new report adds little, if any, new information about the disappearance.
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