Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman of German railway group Deutsche Bahn, has proposed that Berlin’s downtown Tempelhof Airport be redeveloped as a dedicated business aviation facility. Mehdorn, who until the mid-1990s was a senior executive with Airbus and Deutsche Aerospace, has offered to lead a private-sector consortium to implement the project.
The Isle of Man–a British Crown Dependency located in the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland–expects to have its new aircraft registry, open only to corporate and private aircraft, up and running next spring. The UK government recently notified ICAO that it is allowing the Isle of Man to use the "M" tail number registration that was allocated to the UK in 1919 (along with the "G" tail number).
Responding to queries from AIN about U.S. sanctions recently imposed on Russia’s Sukhoi and state agency Rosboronexport for their alleged dealings with Iran, Boeing issued a statement today that tentatively expressed optimism that the move will not affect its consultancy contract with Sukhoi relating to the Superjet 100 (née Russian Regional Jet) program. “Our assessment of the U.S. government sanctions continues,” it said.
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 provides that by Jan. 1, 2008, U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens may enter the U.S. only with passports or such alternative documents as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designates as satisfactorily establishing identity and citizenship.
After promising that a new system for funding the FAA would be announced by late last spring, the White House admitted this summer that internal disagreements within the Bush Administration had pushed the project to a back burner.
Duncan Aviation recently installed its 10th Duncan Design Shell Kit for the Falcon 50. As part of the program, Duncan guts a customer airplane and installs the shell, providing an upgraded interior in 10 to 12 weeks of downtime. Installation of the kit, said Duncan, increases headroom by two inches. The kit also includes new LED lighting, oxygen and ordinance signs.
• Congress closed up shop on September 29, and November 13 was set as the date for what might be a lame-duck Congress to reconvene. The long interval freed legislators who are up for election to go to their home districts and do battle for votes. Democrats are hoping that the scandals surrounding Republican congressmen will influence voters to restore the Democrats to majorities in the House and Senate.
Arnoni Aviation Services in Houston has appointed Yoel Arnoni as president, APPH Group North America, managing the Arnoni Aviation facilities in Houston and Airtight Inc. in Wichita.
In his new role at Airtight, Arnoni will oversee all aspects of the company, as well as continue in his position as president of Arnoni Aviation Services.
As AIN went to press Eurocopter CEO Fabrice Brégier was about to be officially named COO at troubled sister company Airbus. He had been at this position for 3.5 years. Widely expected to succeed Brégier was Lutz Berling, senior vice president in charge of government programs. He would be the first German to head the Marignane, France-based manufacturer, although Eurocopter was founded as a Franco-German company.
Pilots busting the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ) will now find a helicopter of a different color off their wing to escort them out of the area and into a nearby airport for questioning. The Coast Guard’s orange-and-white HH-65C Dolphins have replaced the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) black-and-gold Black Hawks.