The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning last month for Venezuela because of the “deteriorating political and security situation, accompanied by severe shortages in fuel and food.” Opponents of President Chavez began a general strike that has resulted in deaths and injuries, according to the State Department.
Nav Canada’s declining revenue, which resulted from reduced traffic volume over the last year as a consequence of the slowing economy and 9/11, has forced the operator of Canada’s ATC system to enact a 3-percent, across-the-board increase in service charges for general aviation operators and the airlines. The increased fees are effective January 1 for the airlines and business-jet operators.
Goodrich Aviation Technical Services (ATS), the airframe heavy maintenance component of Goodrich, has been sold to a subsidiary of Macquarie Group.
ATS has more than 1,200 employees at its 950,000-sq-ft facility in Everett, Wash., and serves a broad base of North American and global customers by providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services to airlines, cargo fleet operators and aircraft owners.
GECI International is offering its Skylander SK-100 light utility aircraft for sale and intends to fully launch the program in April. The program has been in the works since 2001, and the France-based company hopes to deliver the first aircraft from its factory in Evora, Portugal, in 2011.
AMAC Aerospace is preparing to open as a new completions, refurbishment and maintenance provider for business aircraft in August. The Swiss start-up company is being founded by former Jet Aviation CEO Heinz Köhli and will be based at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, near Jet Aviation’s completions center. In late October, AMAC signed a 35-year lease on a 452,000-sq-ft site at the airport.
Who in your company has access to the corporate aircraft? Is it just a handful of top executives, or can anyone with a need for travel schedule a trip? Does your department have a policy for selecting between competing schedules, or does the highest-ranking executive get the aircraft regardless of other considerations?
Echoing a refrain that has been sung around Washington for years, Air Transport Association president and CEO James May reiterated recently that the airlines have been subsidizing general aviation, business aviation and government users of the civil aviation system for years, and he called for a sweeping reform of tax policies.
Don Burr and Bob Crandall exude confidence for their intended new venture, Pogo, but the air-taxi concept is not a matter of belief, nor is the outlook for it dire or grim; the concept is simply immature.
First, to bring the issue into sharper focus, it is important to distinguish between the very light jet (VLJ) itself and the air-taxi concept.
After working to put down roots in Europe for the best part of a decade, Signature Flight Support now appears to be gathering some real momentum with its recent acquisition of facilities in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Greece, as well as the opening of a new base at Toulon-Hyéres Airport in the south of France. The European chain now includes some 15 full-service FBOs and an executive aircraft handling presence at almost 20 more airports.
A steady rise in traffic and load factors might seem like good news for the airline delegates gathered at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly in Vienna from September 29 to October 1. But as airlines turn to “fierce cost cutting” to attract passengers, reality muted any calls for celebration during the three-day event.