With aviation’s effect on the environment garnering closer attention, regional airline delegates received fair warning from European Regions Airline Association (ERA) director general Mike Ambrose at their general assembly in Athens, Greece, last month to expect “massively increased pressure.” He said that airlines in the region accept the proposed European emissions trading scheme (ETS) as the “least harmful” economic instrument proposed as a
“A troubling trend has developed that threatens to harm business aviation in unimaginable ways–complacency,” claims Aviation Security International. The Houston-based firm, which provides security information and training, said most flight departments fall “in the middle to low end” when it comes to aviation security. One of the weakest security links, according to ASI, is the FBO.
Not surprisingly, talk of user fees dominated at NBAA’07 as aviation leaders laid out their strategy for countering airline tactics aimed at shifting more FAA costs onto general aviation. Solid progress in the fight against user fees has been made, according to industry officials speaking at a special user-fee forum at the show, but the general aviation community needs to continue its involvement in the fight against them.
AIN has surveyed charter operators throughout the U.S. and farther afield, and the consensus is clear: demand for charter aircraft has never been higher. A strong economy, the global market, deteriorating airline service and the advent of jet card and membership programs have all contributed to the industry’s health.
While many NBAA members were in Atlanta partaking of the association’s recent convention, senior vice president of operations Steve Brown was in Washington on Capitol Hill defending business aviation against assertions by the airlines that GA was partly responsible for record-setting flight delays.
The FAA now doesn’t expect domestic commercial air travel to return to pre-9/11 levels until 2006, and its earlier forecasts that U.S. airlines would be enplaning one billion passengers a year by 2010 have been pushed back to at least 2014.
Last night, the FAA revoked the charter certificate of AMI Jet Charter in a letter hand-delivered to AMI president Don Hitch. The letter outlines the FAA’s determination “that an emergency exists related to safety in air commerce and that immediate action to revoke AMI Jet Charter, Inc.’s Air Carrier Certificate is required.” This move follows the FAA’s October 4 suspension of AMI’s charter certificate.
“Business aviation with commercial airline standards” is how DaimlerChrysler Aviation (DCA) describes operations with its fleet consisting of an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), Bombardier Challenger 604s, a Global Express and several Learjets.
Federal legislation introduced last month would require surface-to-air missile (SAM) protection, similar to that now used on military transport aircraft, on all of the nearly 7,000 U.S.-registered jet airliners. The bill, coauthored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), directs that installations begin by the end of the year.
Reducing the incidence of damage to aircraft on the ramp is the aim of the ground accident prevention (GAP) initiative now under way by the Flight Safety Foundation.