• Congress took a three-week break on November 16 to allow lawmakers to ponder the results of the election. On December 5 lame-duck lawmakers limped back into session but ran like race horses on the way to the finish line and ended the business of the 109th Congress four days later.
Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), considered the most knowledgeable member of Congress on aviation issues, will lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the 110th Congress convenes this month. The ranking Republican on the committee will be Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who was most recently chairman of the House aviation subcommittee. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) is in line to chair that subcommittee.
In the late 1970s, Continental Airlines president Frank Lorenzo used a court of law to confront his pilots with an existing, although seldom used, negotiating technique, abrogating their contract when he was unable to secure an agreement through traditional collective bargaining. He quickly replaced his then striking workers with a non-union workforce willing to accept his management style and pay scale.
Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT) has decided not to act unilaterally to impose new restrictions on UK-based aircraft that are registered overseas. Aviation minister Gillian Merron told the GA conference in London that the government will wait for a Europe-wide policy on foreign registration.
Russia’s AGAT Research Institute is unveiling a new seeker that could become an industry standard in the air-to-air and surface-to-air missile industry. Designated the 9B-1103M-150, the model is a more advanced and compact version of the active RH seeker fitted to the Vympel RVV-AE medium-range air-to-air missile–the Russian equivalent of the Raytheon AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM).
U.S. defense firm Raytheon is projected to dominate the air defense missile market for the next 10 years, according to a study performed by Forecast International in its annual publication, “The Market for Surface-to-Air Missiles.” FI projected that between 2005 and 2014 more than 88,000 air defense missiles will be produced worldwide, earning revenues of $22.8 billion.
Beginning January 23 all U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda and Mexico entering the U.S. from within the Western Hemisphere at airports-of-entry will be required to present a valid passport. In lieu of a passport, U.S. citizens have been permitted to present a variety of documents to establish their identity and citizenship and right to enter the U.S.
Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT) has decided not to act unilaterally to impose new restrictions on UK-based aircraft that are registered overseas. In October 2005, the DfT completed a consultation on possible changes to the rules governing foreign-registered aircraft in the UK. The new rules would have limited the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be based in the UK to 90 days in any 12-month period.
Elbit Systems subsidiary Cyclone Aviation has completed its acquisition of the Aircraft Systems division of Israel Military Industries. An aircraft engineering, maintenance and upgrade specialist, Cyclone bought the IMI subsidiary to broaden its product-line offering, which now includes external fuel tanks and pylons for the F-15 and F-16 fighter jets and a vertical ejection bomb rack for the F-16.
Jet Aviation has dropped plans to build an FBO at Kuwait International Airport. Asked for a status report on the facility that was due to have opened late last year, Jet Aviation told AIN that it has “discontinued the cooperation with the local partners in Kuwait and the project has been stopped.” The Swiss-based group said that it is now focusing future business development on Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S.