The union representing the pilots of SkyWest Airlines regional airline subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines on October 13 began picketing the long-time union-free parent company at its St. George, Utah headquarters. At press time, the sides remained far apart on demands for what the union calls a “moderate” wage increase and work rule improvements.
The comment period on a proposal to continue the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) has been extended from October 30 to December 29, the result of requests from several trade groups. The program, which includes a slot-reservation system for general aviation operations (six slots are available per hour between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.) is set to expire January 1.
Paced by Defense Department spending, U.S. aerospace industry sales rose 8 percent last year compared with 2003, an increase in sales of $12 billion.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has designated Jet Aviation facilities in Dallas, Boston and Teterboro, N.J., as authorized maintenance centers for the Legacy business jet and corporate shuttle, as well as their regional airline counterparts. Other Jet Aviation facilities holding OEM approval to work on Legacys are located at Palm Beach, Fla.; Dusseldorf, Germany; and London.
Politicians and the general public are often quick to discount the value of business aviation to the nation’s economy. They take for granted that company personnel can easily meet customers, explore new markets and develop successful businesses.
As a percentage of a $200 airline ticket, taxes and fees more than tripled between 1972 and 2004 thanks to inflation, a decline in the real cost of airline travel and, more recently, increased security charges, as the government struggles to keep pace with the cost of providing the infrastructure necessary to support airline flights.
By just about anyone’s reckoning the FAA audit process known as the Air Transport Oversight System (ATOS) has turned into a horribly labor-intensive and time-consuming job. Now, as the agency’s flight standards office loses about 250 employees a year to budget cuts, the onus has fallen squarely on the nation’s regional airlines to pay the bill.
It’s all too easy for industry analysts to say that if the air-limo concept–point-to-point service for the masses–is possible, someone would already have done it. Perhaps they’re missing the bigger picture, which is that all of the ingredients to create a viable air limo aren’t yet available.
Independence Air, a Washington Dulles-based low-fare carrier, last month became the first scheduled airline to join the Corporate Angel Network and provide complimentary seats to cancer patients needing to travel to and from treatment centers. Founded in 1981 and based in White Plains, N.Y., the Corporate Angel Network arranges free flights for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate aircraft.
The nation’s major airlines have declared war on business aviation and, as the weapon to win that war, they intend to push for ATC user fees to be levied upon business aviation operators. This was the message NBAA president Ed Bolen delivered April 8 at the Arizona Business Aircraft Association (AZBAA) forum in Scottsdale.