Whoever is named to succeed Russ Chew as COO of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) faces particular challenges as Congress debates controversial FAA funding proposals that would take place over the next decade and are scheduled to start in October. Chew, a former airline pilot who led the ATO since its inception in 2003, resigned last month.
Colorado-based Adam Aircraft tapped Bombardier executive Duncan Koerbel to take over as president, replacing Joe Walker, who resigned due to a family illness. Koerbel’s experience includes serving as general manager of the Bombardier Global line, director of the Raytheon Premier I program and stints at Fairchild Dornier and Lockheed Martin.
Crashworthy crew and passenger seats for military aircraft, including ejection seats, are UK-based Martin-Baker’s bread and butter. Now the company has used its military experience to develop two different crashworthy seats for the cabins of civil helicopters. Martin-Baker America plans to build the seats at its facility in Johnstown, Pa.
Lebanese military officials took delivery of two Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters at the company’s manufacturing facility in Torrance, Calif., last month. The army plans to use the four-seat piston helicopters as part of its flight-training program for new pilots, as well as for other roles, including border patrol, fire surveys, medical assistance and VIP transport.
Fractional ownership provider NetJets Europe has launched a dedicated operation for the Scottish market. The new NetJets Scotland service will offer flights from 17 Scottish airports, including the Royal Air Force bases at Lossiemouth, Leuchars (close to the exclusive St. Andrews golf course) and Kinloss. It will also provide access to the country’s mountainous Highlands region, as well as to the Orkney, Shetland and Hebrides Islands.
The February 2006 Asian Aerospace show at Singapore’s Changi Airport will be the last event in its current format, following a sudden split between the Singapore government and show organizer Reed Exhibitions. Singapore authorities have decided to run their own biennial air show starting February 2008. UK-based Reed is now considering alternative venues outside Singapore to stage future Asian Aerospace events.
President Bush Tuesday signed into law a homeland security spending bill that includes language directing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work with industry to expand the transportation security administration access certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program.
• So, President George W. Bush won the election and will serve four more years in the White House. Cabinet changes are the subject of speculation, but Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta’s name has not surfaced as of press time. Troubled by back problems, Mineta may or may not stay on.
Heritage Aviation of Grand Prairie, Texas, is to install VIP interiors for
two Sikorsky S-92s ordered by the government of Turkmenistan to transport
its president, Saparmurat Niyazov. The first helicopter is scheduled for delivery in October next year and the second in March 2006.